Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Discombobulated and trying to stay focused

Dear Mom,
Step away from the blog for a couple of days and the next thing you know a couple of weeks have flown by.
I've been busy, distracted, fragmented, productive (in an unorganized way), panicked- in other words, the Holiday Season is Upon Us.
Most of the past two weeks in not blog worthy, or I've been too unfocused to blog about it, or I cannot show it here lest it spoil Christmas.
I will take a pretty safe bet that The Young Man doesn't read this blog and show you a hat I knit up for him in about 5 hours. He admired some hats similar in style at the Meijer and no way was I going to let my son wear a store-bought, cheap acrylic, knitted hat on his head. I've lined it in a soft fleece and it will be stuffed into a stocking or find itself under the tree on Christmas morning.

The pattern is loosely based on this one and used up some left over bits of Lopi (gray), Classic Elite wool bamboo (black) and Briggs and Little sport weight yarn (red). The Young Man wanted a crazy pompom on the top- hence the crazy pompom. I figure that is easily removed (or trimmed) if he has second thoughts.

At November's Spin In, Mary Alice shared some of her walnut "tea", and while we sat spinning, various fibers steeped, becoming rich shades of brown.
I took about 600 yards of some already hand spun yarn. I'd used a good portion of it last summer when I knit my To Eyre shawl.

This photo shows the walnut dyed wool laying on top of the To Eyre Shawl so you can see the color change.
I've long admired this scarf, have the pattern booklet on my shelf, and should have just enough walnut dyed yarn to make it. I will muster all my will power to put off starting it until AFTER all my Christmas projects are finished.
The only other thing I can show for my blog absence is the following.

Remember the bungee cord over-twisted purple/copper penny yarn I spun?
I've turned it into a springy, spongy warm cowl.

Yes, that is a ReLinkWish you see there.
This is a quick, relatively simple garter stitch, moebius cowl with a placket of sorts (thus the ReLinkWish)- I'll try to find the time to make another and write up the pattern. I did this one in an evening, and that was while figuring it out as I went, so the next should go faster. Good short notice gift, or an instant gratification knit (because sometimes that is just what you need).

Lots more happening behind the scenes. And even more that I'd like to accomplish. All shall be revealed in time.
Be warm. Snow is on the way. I'll try to remember that without cold weather, wool hand knits would not be so appealing.



Anne said...

Fantastic hat! And i've wanted to knit the To Eyre, mostly because I am a huge Jane Eyre fan. Love the ReLinkWish too. You are getting lots done!

Christine said...

Lots of behind the scene stuff going on here, too. Love the cowl. Please do post instructions at some point. I have fun homespun that would look great in.

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great hat, and I love the cowl. I enjoy seeing all of your projects - wish I was a knitter! Everything that I see on your blog, I tell my mom she should make for me! I think she would like for me to stop reading your blog!

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Love that hat!! Nice job! That scarf pattern looks mighty worth it too!

Tombstone Livestock said...

I really like the chicken "sweaters" and they each have a different color no copy cat dressers in that hen house.

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Glad to see you back and glad to hear that it's busy-ness that's kept you away, rather than illness. (I often struggle with feeling as though I have nothing relevant to say.) I love your cowl ... hope you have the pattern available soon. It would come in handy in this time of needing some quick knits for gift giving.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

It seems around this time we are all in a rush to get things ready for Christmas. The cowl is so lovely and I imagine toasty warm.

merrilymarylee said...

I love it all! The cowl looks like just the thing to shut my husband up about turtlenecks. (He likes them; they gag me.)

I LOVE that hat! (sigh)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Cute cowl! Glad you are back :-).