Practical Knitting

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Happy January! Once I had finished up my Christmas gift knitting, I didn't have time to get another project together to take with me on my vacation. That was very unfortunate, but, we kept pretty busy visiting both my husband's and my families back-to-back, so it was probably good. Plus, I had just started a new book, and it allowed me to get well into it without distraction. I love reading, but sometimes the drive to knit will supersede everything, and I don't get much reading done. (I'm reading Anathem/ by Neal Stephenson - good book!)

IMG_1915.jpgFor my birthday, a colleague at work gave me some de-stashed yarn, a project bag, and the Son of Stitch'n Bitch book (Debbie Stoller), since she had an extra copy. It was a really generous and unexpected gift. One of the yarns was a silk/mohair. I had always wanted to make a pair of leg warmers, and I remembered that there was a super-easy pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts - Super-Easy Leg Warmers (Joelle Hoverson). I immediately grabbed some yarn from my stash and knit up a pair of 20" leg warmers. Now, I was never a fan of the over-the-pants version of leg warmers, but I know how great they are since I danced from age 7. A few years ago, my sister told me she had bought a pair and enjoyed wearing them under her pants, and that they kept her legs toasty. So, That's what I'm doing with mine. I finished them in time for the coldest day of the year (high in the negative numbers!!), and they worked great. I wished I had some for my thighs, though. Man it was cold waiting for the bus.

Tom K's scarf1In other practical knitting, I have made a scarf for a friend at work, at his request. He chose the Rustic Man's Scarf also from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I gave him a ton of patterns to choose from, but I think he liked the basic simplicity of this one. I really like the vertical striping, and the way you get the extra stripe on one side when you start a new color. He had chosen 4 colors instead of 3, so I did alter the striping pattern slightly. It was a fun and easy project, and I might have to make one for my husband... I used
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Oregano, Pewter, and Taupe, and Knit Picks Cadena for the dark brown. The wool was much softer than I had thought it would be. I think this is a really great and affordable bulky yarn.

Next up, I need to finish my second Knotty or Knice sock (Interweave Knits Fall 2008). Somehow I lost my second #2 circular needle, so I had to wait until I had a second one again to start the 2nd sock! Now I'm back in business and ready to go. Let's knit!