A Little Winter Commentary

The last few weeks have been a cycle of cold, snow, ice, repeat. This excerpt from The House at Pooh Corner is quite fitting:

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore, “However, ” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

10th Anniversary Wrap

I recently took up knitting. Well, more correctly, I recently got myself reacquainted with knitting. You see, my grandmother was a fabulous knitter. I have small throws that she created for me in my schools’ colors. Throughout my childhood, I had a great selection of hats and scarves from Grandma’s needles. When she passed in 2000, I inherited her needles and assorted notes.

I tried to teach myself to knit at various points over the last 14 years, but had limited success. I never had the interest and the time to dedicate at the same moment, but around Thanksgiving 2013, I found both. Armed with YouTube videos and good written instructions, I figured out how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. I’ve made a scarf and a few dishcloths (destined to become an afghan/blanket at some point), but I really wanted to make something of substance.

My husband and I will have our 10th wedding anniversary in May 2014, and we are celebrating with a trip in February. For what better occasion should I put my needles to work? I researched a lot of options on Ravelry.com and found the shawl/wrap pattern called “Cozy”, which is a free pattern available on Knitty.com. I’d never knit lace before, but I was feeling like I could do anything, so I selected the yarn (Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Blue) and started in on the project.

First, I knit a simple swatch to verify stitch gauge and row gauge. All was good there. Then, I knit a swatch of the lace, two repeats wide by two repeats tall:

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It’s pretty, if a little chaotic, so I cast on the project and got to work.

After three repeats of the lace, I was not happy with the process of knitting that much lace (it is slow going, to say the least), so I switched from that to a simple stockinette stitch. I’m really happy with how the lace seems to flow from the stockinette:

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This is about 1/3 the width of the project. I couldn’t get the circular needles to behave well enough to get the whole piece in the picture.

So that’s my current project! I need to complete it by January 31 so I can pack it for our trip. :)