I woke up this morning in a rush.. In the back of my head I was expecting the ice that had been present for a week previous, would be waiting patiently for me to scrape it off of the Jeeps higher-than-I windshields and rear windows. Like normal..
But, I was wrong… To my surprise, it was raining. I guess that is the weather that we are blessed with here in Vancouver.
On the bright side, whether it is icy, snowy, rainy, windy or howling with cats and dogs, the winter just isn’t winter without a couple cozy handmade garments.
I am so thankful that my hands haven’t given up on me this winter from all of the knitting, and crafting that I have been doing. I can honestly say that I have been knitting SOLID since October. I will admit, with distaste to my actions, that nearly ALL of my knitting projects this winter have been dedicated to the one and only me…
I am terrible, aren’t I?
But, fear not! I did happen to make some creations for Christmas gifts as well, and I don’t think that they could have gone to better homes! Here is the one that I gave to my older brother Russell. Also, some captions from some other projects I have completed along the way!
The Blues Scarf – For Russell
This scarf turned out beautifully! It was a dream to knit and the stitches were perfectly snug together. I worked in stockinette stitch, switching the colours over after 10 rows. I must admit… this one was hard to give up. But I feel great knowing that my brother, who told me how much he loved it, is keeping it as cozy as it keeps him!
Herringbone Stitch Cowl – pattern from the Purl Bee
I came across an image of a scarf in herringbone stitch after sifting through a million pictures on Pinterest. I was totally stunned by the beauty and simplicity of the herringbone stitch. The stitch seems intimidating at first; with all of the hidden intricacy of each stitch. But then you realize that this stitch has nothing to hide at all! This pattern was only difficult because I did not have the proper length circular needles…
Check out the Purl Bee. There are many incredible and FREE patterns available. PLUS some great products as well ^_^
Last but not least,
The Second Attempt Sweater
I will first tell you the tale of the First Attempt Sweater…
‘Once upon a time, there was a sweater that took a long time to knit. It was beautiful and intricate. Every stitch had meaning and was created with great care.
In the infinite wisdom of the handy crafter that spent endless hours and effort in creating the sweater, felt it was necessary to wash the garment.
With disregard to washing instructions and basic garment care, it was unbeknownst to the crafter that the %100 wool sweater was to turn into something new…”
It became something ‘NEW’ alright.. The sweater felted and every stitch was lost.. It was a disaster.. I cannot even begin to explain how frustrated my mistake made me feel. But a year later, I picked up the same pattern and embarked on the journey to satisfaction; this time, in acrylic!
Well campers.. Its getting to be that time.. When I wake up tomorrow, whether rain or shine, at least I will have something cozy to wear.
By all means,