February Theme: Comfort

SONY DSC Last month I introduced you to the idea of monthly themes here at Wool Pickle.  I went with the theme "Bonjour" for January and we spent the month French Knitting, sharing a Bonjour Baby Cowl free pattern (and showed you one in Debbie Bliss), and going to Paris with a new beret!  Lots of other miscellanious projects took place as well, such as my Didymos inspired babywearing blanket (part 1 and part 2), a rainbow babywearing blanket, a baby dalek and a throwback to big dalek, a sugar cookie scarf and a throwback to a snowflake scarf, and fingerless gloves that matched my mama & baby earwarmers.  I re-published a tutorial for a yarn tassel garland and wrote a new tutorial for a star blanket.  I showed you my Street Shawl and some beading upcycles.  Whew, what a month! By the way, if you want to see all those projects side by side, please check out my Portfolio Page!

Now that we're in February things will be slowing down just a hair.  It's time for us to savor the last real winter month of the year and the last days that will be spent primarily indoors.  That's why I decided on the word "Comfort" this month.  I'm going to be focusing my energy on knitting up useful, warm, woolly goodness that will keep my family warm, cozy, and comfortable this month.  When spring comes melting into presence there will be much bustling about, cleaning, planting, and walking, but for now we are cuddled up close against the cold and snow.  I don't want to give away all my plotting and planning for the month, but I can say that there will be a touch more knitting and therefore perhaps more progress posts than ta-das.  It takes me a good while longer to knit than it does to crochet.

Well that's all for today, folks.  I hope I see you around these parts this month and I can't wait to show you what I'm working on!  What do you like to make in February?  Post a comment or drop a link in the comment section.  I love to read them.SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Street Shawl Reveal

SONY DSCAs some of you know I've had this shawl finished for over a month and have been waiting for a properly sunny day to take photos.  Well the sun hasn't been around these parts very much of late so I had to settle on a somewhat bright and snowy day. Before I show you pictures let me give you some project details. This was a fantastic mindless project for me.  By the end I was crocheting without even looking at my work.  I used cotton for the whole thing, which is sort of an odd choice for winter but I really loved that neon yellow and the drape of the whole thing is just wonderful.  The yarn used is (pictured):

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I used an entire skein of Cotone for each stripe of gray/brown and just crocheted until they were used up.  What a fun way to do a pattern, letting the yarn decide!  The purple Shine worsted from Knit Picks is the splash of color on the neckline as well as the final border. The Line Pura is the line of ombre grey along the border.  The Sun City Project was my original inspiration for the whole piece; I found it on clearance at one of my local yarn shops on a very dreary day and absolutely knew that I needed to make something wearable from it to drive away the rainy sadness.  I do love a good rainy day but when there's no break for months and months you need a little daily pick-me-up, don't you think?

The basic granny shawl pattern was borrowed from one of my favorite crochet blogs, Haak Maar Raak's Vintage Sweet Shawl.

As for the name, it comes from the way that the headlights of cars glisten on rainy streets. I've never used my headlights so much during the daytime as I do these days.  Would you like to see the whole thing?

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The Stocking Was Hung

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC Christmas has always been a magical time for me.  The twinkling lights that spring up in late November bring back memories of the glittering, warm, homey holidays of my childhood.  Now with a little one in tow I've got the joy and responsibility of giving her magical memories to cherish for the rest of her life.  So, twinkle lights were hung, trees were put up and decorated, cookies were baked and enjoyed, and many many winter markets were visited.  I know this first Christmas will only be truly remembered and held dear by Mama and Papa.  Therefore, a hand knit (or two) needed to make an appearance this year so that something tangible will survive.

This stocking was knit up in Encore 10 Merry and Red Heart Shimmer Red and used just under a ball of the former and just a bit of the latter (for the cuff, heel, and toe).  I knit a basic sock pattern (a good standby can be found here on Susan B. Anderson's blog) casting on 64 stitches on US size 8 DPNs and eyeballing the length of leg and foot.

There are little errors here and there since - and I am embarrassed to admit this on such a public forum - this is the first ever sock I've knit to completion.  Can I just say that I'm thankful that it's not a matched set?  In any event, I think the mistakes make this handknit more special. They prove that a person labored on it with love and perhaps sometimes tired fingers.  I hope that it's treasured in winters to come.

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