Fevered knitting

It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? Apparently, when I get sick, I don’t want to post and it’s a struggle to even knit. And then when I do knit, I can’t do knitting math in my feverish head, so I’m kind of cranky with a certain project that I can’t show you at the moment–just know it’s on my naughty list (even though the problem was entirely user error and not the fault of the knitting itself). But it’s done and I can move onto the enormous list of other knitting.

With almost 2 months left before the Holiday Season (sorry to remind you if you’d worked very hard to put it out of your mind), most people who have better time management skills than I have probably already started working on their gift knitting. For the rest of us, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about knitting for gifts. Every year around this time, Interweave puts out it’s Holiday issue, which in the past has had an impressive volume of small, quick-to-knit projects mixed in with the more advanced and longer patterns (what I like to refer to as “Someday Projects” as in, “I’ll get around to it someday”).

This year is no exception. There are some lovely, fast projects in the issue’s preview:

There are also some projects that seem worthy of becoming Someday Projects:

And some familiar favorites are also present:

(Seriously, I’ve been wanting to knit those First Time Tube Socks by Ann Budd for a while so I’m happy to see them reappear.)

Are you planning on knitting for any loved ones this year? Are you as much a slacker as I am? Please say yes!

Ice is cold and other revelations

Scraping ice off one’s windshield in the mornings before leaving for work is probably a pretty common winter occurrence in most parts of the world. I, however, like to bring my own spin to this chore by giggling my way through it, because it means that a) it’s cold and b) ice on the windshield is one step removed from snow (at least in my head).

Seriously. Scrape, scrape, scrape, accumulate bits of “shaved” ice all over the windshield, cue incredibly childish giggling. I’m new to this, bear with me.

The only problem that I have with all of this is that my hands get cold. You’d think I’d have thought that through before. If it’s cold enough for ice to form on all of my windows, my hood, the brake lights, etc., it’s likely cold enough to make me wish I had on gloves or mittens.

You would think.

This revelation of “hey! Ice is cold!” has coincided with a mass of mitten and glove patterns streaming through my Ravelry friends’ updates. Apparently I’m not the only one having this revelation. Or at least I’m not the only one thinking that these mittens and gloves might come in handy. (For the record, I do own three pairs of gloves, I just haven’t been cold enough frequently enough yet to put together the idea that I should put them on before I start trying to unearth my car.)

Some of my favorite hand-warming patterns that have been spotted on Ravelry of late:

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1. Badlydrawndee’s Kissing Koi Mittens 2. Olgajazzy’s Firefox Gloves 3. Zigzagstitch’s End of May Mittens 4. Ysolda’s Snapdragon Flip Top Mittens 5. SpillyJane’s Ribbon Mittens 6. Ysolda’s Vintage Button Gloves 7. SpillyJane’s Willistead 8. Berkleegirl’s Lillyfield Mittens 9. YarnHarlot’s Frankenmittens

Gold rush

I’ve mentioned before how excited I am for the arrival of my first “real” Fall. It’s really starting to hit up here. Any tree that isn’t an evergreen is turning some shade of yellow-green, gold, orange, or red. My parents were in town this past weekend for a visit, and we got to see some of this Fall business up close.

Old Town Fort Collins

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

(I think the red in that last photo comes from an outbreak of Mountain pine beetles that are attacking the pines, but I’m not sure.)

Is it any wonder, then, that I immediately had to grab up that gorgeous gold colored Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted I bought at the KnitWear Extravaganza and started knitting it up into a scarf?

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I got about that far before I realized that I was using the wrong size needles, so I started over again.

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Much better. See?

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The stitches are easier to work with and I like the length of the rows. I’ve started drafting up the pattern and sent it to a couple of gals for test-knitting. I’m hoping to have a complete pattern posted here on the blog by the end of the month, so stay tuned!