Winter up here is a good time to get a basement work finished, both for us and for our worker. That leaves warm weather for his outdoor jobs and ours. But, it does cut into knitting time. I have to spend more evenings moving boxes. Granted, my husband has been doing the bulk of the lifting and moving. But there is plenty of work to go around.
But the cupboard that I had to move to the basement for lack of any decent space for it upstairs has become my yarn cupboard, for now. And for now, when I need to check for some yarn, I am forced to climb over boxes and a nice library table, all of which are sitting right in front of my YARN - except for what is in the spare bedroom.
Am I drumming up any sympathy yet?
But I have been knitting and getting things done. After I finished the boot toppers in this post, I made hand warmers to go with the toppers and cowl. They have been used many times to keep my cold hands during this cold, cold winter. The Ella Rae wool is so toasty. I made the hand warmers on straight needles and the pattern can be found here, near the bottom of the post.
And I discovered that my lovely vintage rhinestone pin with black filigree has some matching blue stones. It looks great on the cowl. I wore them all this weekend to church and afterwards to a nice knitting visit with a good friend.
I've also been working on a sweater and am very close to finishing. I will post more about it when it is finished but for now, I purchased the Dolman Pullover Pattern over at Patternworks.com. It is a fun, easy pattern and I think I'll love wearing the comfortable style.
And I have worked on a "Wee Little Rabbit." I was a "test knitter" for Ann at Simply Playing. She has been making these little guys and selling them on Etsy so she decided to try and write up her pattern for purchase. She asked me, via the "blog-o-sphere," to test knit her instructions. I was nervous about it, thinking I had to do it perfectly - and I had never knitted an animal or toy. But as it turns out, testing a pattern with no experience makes for a decent tester. I had to read the pattern as it was written and not lean on any past experience. Which there was none of. So I think I made a couple of useful suggestions and her pattern will be available soon, I'm told.
The pattern is fun to make but my bunny needs a little "sprucing up," before he's ready for the streets. Here he is tail-less and he need some plastic surgery on his face, ears and legs. Or maybe I should just make a different one now that I understand the process. :^)
So these are the things I've been working on. I will be teaching a Fair Isle Hat class very soon so I need to get another hat on the needles to demonstrate that ol' Lativan Braid. That is the hardest part.
What have you been working on?