Some inspiration

I was excited to find under the Christmas Tree some more inspiration for my knitting! Not that I really needed it…

I hadn’t before seen Wrapped in Lace in person, so it was terrible fun just flipping through it. I think these two shawls are my favorites:

Rosebud

Filmy Fern

I don’t know that I’ll be knitting these any time soon, as  the WIP pile is plenty deep right now, but it’s always fun to have another lace book to flip through and look at all the pretty pictures. Who says we were supposed to leave behind picture books in grade school?

A little repair work

Winter seems to have arrived early in my neck of the woods, and if the national (and international, for that matter) weather maps are any indication, it seems to have arrived early everywhere. There’s a lot I like about winter—hot chocolate, cozy knits, pretty snowfalls when I don’t have to be out in it—but there’s also just enough negative about winter that I threaten to move south, way south, every year. Case in point: I am not so fortunate as to park my car in a garage, and therefore, without fail, from the time of first snowfall to the last gasp of winter sometime in April, I have to clean my car off almost.every.day.

This takes a toll on one’s gloves. Exhibit A:

Glove with hole

A couple weeks ago, the glove could handle no more, and a nice hole opened right where the thumb attaches to the body of the glove. This is one of the Twisted Stitch Gauntlets I finished nearly three years ago. (Wow! Has it been that long already?) Fortunately, I still had the leftover yarn. More fortunately, I found it right away. It took some time and fiddling to figure out, but I can present Exhibit B:

Glove repaired

The next day a hole tore in the finger of the opposite glove.

The repair job was less precise that time. Time to start looking for a new pattern. I’m thinking mittens.

Something New

OK, I confess. Busyness isn’t the only reason the knitting’s been slow lately. I’ve been…dallying…with other projects.

Late this summer I decided it would be nice to have my Grandma, the one who taught me to knit, teach me how to quilt, that it would be a nice way to spend time with her. Seeing as she’s 89, it seemed like a project to prioritize a bit. The pattern’s been selected, the fabric purchased, most of the squares cut, and the first seams started.

I’m biased in favor of handwork, so this will be completely hand-seamed and hand-quilted. It could take a little bit of time…It’s just going to be a simple 9-patch pattern (it seemed like a good idea to stick with right angles for now) in a wall-hanging size. No need to overachieve on the first one! Now, how to fit this in with all the other projects….?