the knitting ref

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Lots of Startis but no Enditis

I still haven’t been feeling up to snuff—I know, big shock—and so not much has been happening, other than a lot of sleeping. The bizzarro weather hasn’t helped any. Today was the first day in over 2 weeks I’ve had the opportunity to sit outside in the sun.

I know, to most people 1 inch of snow doesn’t mean much, but around here, it’s big stuff. We had the hail storm last year that made it look like snow, but this was the real, honest-to-goodness stuff. It stuck around a lot longer than I anticipated, probably 1 to 1-1/2 hours. So it made me think about cold weather gear. We spent the weekend in Henderson, NV visiting the in-laws, where the warmest it ever got was upper 40’s.

So instead of packing the sweater that’s ¾’s finished, or the waterfall scarf. I started a hat from some of the Noro leftover from the sweater I finished in November. And, because I wanted to make a pair of combo gloves/mittens as the others were wearing out so fast, I packed the equipment necessary for that. The yarn for these, by the way, is some of the New Zealand haul. It’s a rather unusual fiber combination. It’s 30% possum and 70% merino. Interesting, eh? In NZ possum are not a native inhabitant, and in fact at rather destructive. They are one of the main reasons the Kiwi bird is an endangered species (the possums eat the eggs). All that said, the yarn is incredibly soft and warm.

And, just cause the yarn is so pretty, I started a scarf from the lace-weight yarn I also hauled back from NZ. So there you see, with the exception of the 2-sided sweater, all the current projects I have going. Since I’m only knitting a couple rows a day, this may well be my project output for 2007. We’ll see.


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