Off the Needles

Wheel house Button from the top C.C. Slight.
Wheel house Button from the top C.C. Slight.
Meet Flo the flirty llama from the top of the Andean Dreams Tea-cozy.
Meet Flo the flirty llama from the top of the Andean Dreams Tea-cozy.

It is the New Year and now halfway into January – what are your plans and or resolutions for 2016!  I have been asked this several times in the last week or so.  Here is my answer.  I would love to hear yours as well.

Like always I am knitting like crazy – it is what I do for fun, entertainment, and even for income!  By most definitions I am retired – everyday I do what I love – the classic definition of retirement!

And what is best is that I am allowed, nay, encouraged to share my love of knitting with any one who will listen – including you!!  LOL!  I am so happy that you keep on listening.

Tulip Fields Fore-ever!
Tulip Fields Fore-ever!

I have plans for 4 shawls;

  • Tulip Fields Fore-ever, I am hoping to have a KAL for it starting in mid-Februray – knitting is done, pattern writing has commenced, test knitting will start soon.
  • Cloisonné Shetland – a Shetland Lace Moebius – sample for a class and then a pattern for sale.  This one is knit in Kettle Tweed, by KnitOne CrochetToo.  The colour is called Cloisonné, a rich turquoise/green and gold kettle dyed colourway.  Like Tulip the knitting is done and the pattern writing will now commence.
  • Hello Dolly – a Crescent shawl edged with a mosaic butterfly pattern and embellished with butterflies – class sample and then a pattern for sale.  This one is now delayed a little.  I, umm, felt the need to create a new Cozy – Andean Dreams – sprang fully formed into my mind.
  • Rhiannon`s Wrap – a smaller version of Rhiannon`s Cloak, incorporating many of the patterns and elements of the first – with the 24K gold delicas and all the attitude of the original!  This one will be ready for a Summer KAL!  Starting this one this evening!

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Andean Dreams Tea-Cozy
Andean Dreams Tea-Cozy

I had no plans for a tea-cozy, but I have one fully knit none the less!  The cozy is called Andean Dreams and is topped by Flo, a very flirty llama!

C.C. Snugs Fingerless Mittens.
C.C. Snugs Fingerless Mittens.

I had been wanting to design a hat to go with the C.C. Snugs fingerless mitten pattern.

The designing is done and the test knit is done and the pattern is almost ready to go!

Samples are knit in Buffalo Wool Co Skies, natural and Extra Fine Merino 120, soft green.

Wheel house button under construction.
Wheel house button under construction.

What I really like about this pattern is the button finishing the crown – it is called a Wheelhouse Button and you can find the instructions on Kate Davies Blog.  I had so much fun making these buttons – but I do recommend a lid from a yogurt container for the form – the cardboard one started to fall apart before I finished the button!  The plastic lid worked great!

First mitten is well underway!
First mitten is well underway!

The MAE Retreat project is well underway and the pattern has even been started – and it is still over a month away!  We will be working on mittens.  Simple mittens for those who want them or lace mittens, lined in contrasting colours!  I am so excited.

I love years that start like this!  Touch wood that nothing will get “mucked” up.

I did knit a few Christmas projects as well – a couple of hats for family and some baby mittens.  I think that being a Grandmother is going to be a lot of fun!

I did knit one new hat for a pattern – Snowy Day Firs!  A quick chunky hat!  Perfect for next Christmas Giving!

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting

Lynette

 

 

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