I was looking back over the list of things I've knit so far this year and realized that quite a few have been for other people. Granted, they usually weren't big, involved projects, but they were made with love for the person I was giving them to. This is not so characteristic of me, as what I knit usually stays with me. The latest iteration of this phenomenon was a set of hat, mittens, and infinity scarf I made for the visiting niece of my riding instructor. Like Mark, she's from Poland, and came to spend a summer month with Mark and his wife, Busia. She loves horses and riding, and was happy to come very early to the barn every day to ride and ride and ride. We were sad to see her go home, but she had to return to finish her last year of high school. Next year, she's off for a similar adventure with a relative in Tanzania, where she may or may not find some horses to keep her company. Anyway, I figured a very cold Polish winter lies ahead, so I bought some lovely Rowan Pure Wool Worsted (superwash!!) and got to work. Although each item used a different pattern, I think the cables complemented each other. They are Cassidy's Cap, Merge Mitt(ens), and Bryce Pillar Cowl.
Next up, there are four or five things I want to make as (dare I say it?) Christmas gifts, only one of which will involve much expenditure of time. In the meantime, I've started a fingering weight sweater for myself, as one does with a deadline looming. I have also finished a few more things for myself.
This is the Err-Nerr Cowl. Insanely easy, although a bit tedious at times, and I really, really love it. The yarn, Mini Mochi, is soft and a bit fuzzy. I have enough of another colorway to make another.
I received the pattern for these mitts, along with the yarn, from the designer - the lovely Nell of Nell Knits - for my birthday way back in 2009. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to knit them. The pattern is no longer available, which is a shame. Fast, easy, and so, so cozy when knit with cashmere yarn!!!!
The same yarn and pattern for the Merge Mitt(ens) above. I had leftovers and decided to make the mitts for me. The only thing I'd do differently is make the cuff longer, but I wasn't sure if I would have enough yarn, so I just went with the pattern.
Labor Day weekend is coming up and I'm looking forward to the annual Decatur Book Festival. Two days of fun going to book readings, browsing book booths, and hanging with my husband and my friends. I can't wait.
Then, on the 2nd, Jim and I are off on vacation for a while. Of course, that means planning what knitting to take. Logically, it would be some of the gift knitting, but two of the projects involve charts, which I don't want to deal with, one is too big, and I haven't figured out the other two yet, although they may actually end up being a good choice. I haven't knit a pair of socks in ages, so that is a definite yes. The sweater in progress might come along, as well. Fortunately, the last stop on our trip is at a place with a yarn shop, so if I'm running out of things to do (HORRORS!) I can get fresh supplies.
The kitty boys are doing great. Still their wild and insane selves. I did manage to catch them taking a time out the other day.
They sure do enjoy each other's company. Except, weirdly, in the middle of the night, when sometimes a rumble ensues and then there is lots of loud screaming from one little white and black cat. Go figure.
Gracie is enjoying a life of leisure these days. After many months of on again, off again lameness, we finally figured out what is going on with her. The vet employed a portable ultrasound and found that she has what he calls an "evulsion fracture." Basically, a small area of bone and muscle have parted ways just above her coffin bone. The cure is time. So she's living the good life in one of the small pastures along with a chosen friend. For the most part, they peacefully graze. But sometimes, the friend changes into a whirling dervish and Gracie plays along. Not so good for the leg, but oh so good for the horsey soul! Despite everything, we hope to have her sound by the first of the year.
I'm going to do my best to blog some postcards from the road. I love going back through my archive to look at past adventures and find I can't do that if I don't post them in the first place! Back soon.