Happy New Year! 2013 seems to have gone by in a flash. The year was a mixed bag — I lost my dear Lucy in 2013, but I adopted sweet Loki. He’s been with me 5 months now and I think he’s decided he likes it here.
I did indeed finish my Britta Cowl last Sunday. Here it is laid out on the floor:
On Gwendolyn to show you how long it is:
To recap, this was knit with 6 skeins of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 100 on U.S. size 3 needles, 3 skeins of color 2166 (red/pink) and 3 of 2168 (blue/green). It is knit to double the width and folded in half lengthwise, and finished off with a three-needle bind-off. It used all but a few yards of the background color, and about 2.5 skeins of the foreground color.
It was a huge amount of knitting, but so very much worth the effort put into it. The yarn is lovely and soft, and design is bright and happy.
The Zauberball 100 is a soft single-ply wool, and I could see you getting the same results using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which is also a soft single ply.
After I finished the cowl, I cast on for a quick project — a couple of pairs of slippers:
These were knit using this free pattern in Shalimar Missy Bulky yarn, in the Sequoia colorway. I knit two pair — a woman’s and a man’s, and they were a very quick knit, just a few hours. I had purchased the yarn for a different project, a cowl, and after starting it didn’t like it much. So I ripped out what I had done and re-used the yarn. A happy ending!
Speaking of happy endings, we had a lovely quiet New Year’s Eve celebration last night. Loki is not much of a party animal. He conked out early:
Happy 2014! thanks for continuing to drop by here. Blogs are becoming a thing of the past, I think, overtaken by so many different social media outlets. I’m still trying to figure out a good direction for this here blog. I’ve no plans to shut it down, but am trying to think of a good direction in which to take it. In the meantime, I’ll continue with my knitting progress reports and reviews of books and products. That reminds me — I think I have a book here waiting to review, so look for that coming soon.