Happy New Year, everyone! I’m ready for 2017 to be fantastic, how about you? Let’s make it the best year we possibly can.
If projects or tasks are lingering towards the end of the year, I always like to try to wrap them up before New Year’s Eve. It’s always satisfying to complete stuff, and even more so when you have the incentive of a clean slate and a fresh start when the clock strikes midnight. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that I have finally completed my Caribou Cowl, and the pattern should be available shortly! (Stay tuned on Facebook!) Made from one skein each of Berroco Folio Luxe and HiKoo Caribou, this cowl is cozy and sophisticated at the same time, and easy-peasy to knit.
Object in photo may be softer than it appears.
And now… I get to start something new. You guys, I swatched. I did. Usually I skip this rather important step, because I’m impatient/lazy, but today, I decided “New Year, new me”. (Also, I really want this to fit.)
Since this is Plymouth Encore Mega on size 13 needles, it took me all of 10 minutes. It’s making me think that I should swatch more often. Also, don’t be like old me — always, always swatch if you’re making a sweater. Be like new-2017-me.
Tonight or tomorrow, this adorable little swatch will be ripped out, and I will CAST ON FOR MY AZEL PULLOVER! At last! It shall be mine! All miiiiiiinnne! (And by “mine” I mean “the store’s”.) Mwahahahahahahaaaa!
Here’s wishing you a triumphant fresh start to this new year. It’s going to be better. We’re going to make it better.
Yesterday I started making a list of items to pack when I travel for the holidays, and it reminded me of those memory games we used to play. You know, the ones that go, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing….” followed by items which progress through the alphabet. It also reminded me of a song from French class (originally intended to help teach possessive adjectives) that goes, “Moi, je fais ma valise rose/Dedans je mets beaucoup de choses…” which roughly translates to, “I pack my pink suitcase/In it I put lots of things…” and then lists a number of items which mostly should never actually go in a suitcase.
My mental list of items for my (sadly, not pink) suitcase starts off like this:
An Azel pullover for the store (and the size 13 needles to go with it — there’s nothing worse than being ready to cast on, and finding that you don’t have the needles). It’s going to be a beautiful rich brown shade of Plymouth Encore Mega. Once I stuff all that super bulky yarn into my suitcase, there may not be much room left for the rest of these items, but we’ll see.
A baby sweater with little fishies on it. Yes, the Goldfish sweater continues! Brooks even did a few rows of it over the weekend, and it’s looking snazzy, if I do say so myself. We’re just about ready to separate for the sleeves, which means I should also pack some stitch holders. Maybe I can return with a finished sweater! (Don’t get your hopes up.)
Chocolate. So much chocolate. Most of my Christmas gifts for people this year are chocolate, some homemade, and some Bixby bars. The question is, will I be forced to eat some (or all) of it in order to prevent it from melting as I travel? I do not want melted chocolate on my knitting.
My suitcase will also contain a sweater that needs mending, a sourdough starter nicknamed “Starty”, and a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Perhaps also half a cowl, if I can’t finish knitting it this week. And that’s not to mention the obvious — clothes, toiletries, warm winter gear… I think I’m gonna need a bigger suitcase!
On a more serious note, I want to thank you all for supporting Over The Rainbow Yarn this year! We so appreciate our lovely fiber community, and we couldn’t do it without you. Wishing you happy holidays, and safe travels! (May none of your needles fall down between the airplane seats.)