Knitted bits

IMG_3238 IMG_3092 IMG_3097It’s been a month or so, so must be time for another knitting project update. As you can see, the last month has been all about hats and scarfs and anything that I can finish in a few winter days. Call it a reaction to one too many blanket and sweater projects through the fall.

The near-instant gratification has been hugely satisfying. And frankly, our hat drawer needed a little new life. Somehow, it had been a couple of years since I had knit a hat for either Dean or me. And then I lost my favorite when it fell out of my pocket walking in Seattle. I seem to have cooled a bit on hats right now, but I don’t think I’m done with this jag yet. Plus, without any foresight, I managed to turn my dear husband into a woodland gnome. What’s not to love, really?


The scarf was the one bit of holiday knitting I did this year. It was a simple design so I didn’t follow a pattern and ended up with a bit of a monster. I didn’t realize until it was too late that my design resulted in my having to cut the yarn for every stripe, and therefore weave in two ends for every four rows of knitting. Those ends were madness; I think the finishing took as long as the knitting. Luckily, that really wasn’t that long. I rarely knit with bulky yarn so when I do it’s always amazing how fast it goes. In the end, I was really happy with how it came out and it’s owner loves it, too. Totally worth the tedium of weaving in a gazillion ends.