It's just been too, too cold this week. Normal ranges in temperature change don't bother me much, but the extreme cold (and heat) do take their toll. When it's this cold (single digits or below zero in the a.m.) it just hurts to be outdoors. It is amazing, however, just how comfortable 10 can feel after morning lows near zero. Temps closer to freezing will be here by the end of the week and will feel rather balmy.
This week has been so busy I've had little time to knit and, therefore, little progress to show. A few gift items are in the works, such as a couple of Mason-Dixon's round warshrags. They are still one of my favorite gifts to knit and take just over an hour each. They look very sweet with a little ribbon woven through the eyelets and a bar of handmade soap. Tahki Cotton Classic is my favorite yarn to use as it comes in a multitude of mixed and solid colors.
In the picture you can also see the beginning of Ann's Cloverleaf Lace Mitt. This was the perfect project for SnB last night as I could see the yarn (not too dark) and the ribbing was easy to knit while having a wicked, good time. They should work up quickly, as I need a gift by Sunday, and in this weather, mitts make a great gift (especially in Elann's Peruvian Baby Silk, Raspberry).
While winding the yarn for Smith's Garter Stitch sock, my ball winder let me down and let the tangles come through. The ball was such a mess that half way through the first sock I had to break the yarn and ended up sitting on the floor for hours trying to find my way through the maze of knots and tangles. I'm happy to say I came out the wiiinnner and the ball has been rewound perfectly. The first sock is now finished, too. It has Smith's seal of approval and he can't wait to have a finished pair. The second sock will be cast on right away, as a warm pair of boot socks are a must at this time of year (especially this year!). Thank goddess worsted weight socks knit up quickly.
Tonight I'm meeting Anne for dinner because she has some roving to deliver, not that we need an excuse, but fiber is a wonderful reason to meet up. Six oz. of Oberon is mine, mine...yum, it's so pretty and, surprisingly, she has a bit left of the other colors.
While knitting sleeves do you feel like they'll never end, like you can't take another stitch or you'll scream? Then you must read Liz’s post on the sleeves she knit for her husband's sweater. You'll never complain again.
...dedicated to creating acts of kindness and organizing the fiber/crafting community to join together, project by project, to show compassion and care to folks in need.
You can read on the blog about the first family in need and how you can help. As Erin put it in her email- "It is about the power of connection, creation through compassion, and the healing force that kindness is."
I'll be knitting a square.