Gift or Grinch?

Whew! I completed a knitting commission this week, and learned something very important about myself.

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the knitting commission

When I’m busy knitting something on a deadline for someone else, I dream of a thousand more new designs than when I’m actually working on a new design.

So this yarn cake, and that yarn cake, and that blue, and that cable, and this lace, and that sweater, oh, and a giant lace and beads project… those are all getting cast on this week (or at least charted, so I can evaluate their design-worthiness).

I'm casting on the Tassel Hotel Wrap from Knitting Architecture. Yarn is in Knit Picks' Shadow Lace yarn in color Midnight Heather
I’m casting on the Tassel Hotel Wrap from Knitting Architecture. Yarn is in Knit Picks’ Shadow Lace yarn in color Midnight Heather. I’m adding beads and including it as part of the #summeroflaceandbeads knitalong.

I’ve been super inspired this week by the brain trust which is Instagram’s knitting community – so you can follow the daily progress of my knitting over there. I’m hashtagging the #grinchalong, the #summeroflaceandbeads, #projectsweaterchest, #knitsonik, the #sssalong (Selfish Single Skein knit-a-long), and #matchymatchykal.

Considering Lauriel by Ysolda Teague as one of my #grinchalong projects
Considering Lauriel by Ysolda Teague as one of my #grinchalong projects

Although I am doing mostly selfish knitting at the moment, there are a few gifts on my radar. I bought most of my Christmas gifts at the local Guild fine craft fair this year. So although I’m not the one making them, they are handmade and beautiful.

One of my favorite things was a flameworking demonstration by glass artist Jim Byrnes
One of my favorite things at the craft fair was a flameworking demonstration by glass artist Jim Byrnes

What are you knitting now that it’s freezing outside? Leave a link and make my queue explode.

A baby sitting in a pile of fall leaves holding a rake, wearing an argyle sweater and wearing a handknit hat

Smells Like Fall Spirit

Good morning, knitters of the world. I am very excited to make my first post on my fancy new website. At the moment, the smell of wood smoke is drifting across the yard, and the breeze this morning was bitterly cold.

So, of course, I layered up in multiple hand-knit sweaters and a hat before I left for work.

Hendreary (by Ysolda Teague) knit in Madelinetosh Graphite and Thoreau
Hendreary (by Ysolda Teague) knit in Madelinetosh Graphite and Thoreau

What’s better than an Acer covered by a super-chunky Aidez, and topped with a Hendreary in Madelinetosh?

Maybe a cute baby in a pile of fall leaves (wearing a hand-knit hat, of course).

A baby sitting in a pile of fall leaves holding a rake, wearing an argyle sweater and wearing a handknit hat
Pebble | Cliff Hat knit in scraps of sock yarn