Tag: knitting

Word for 2016: DO


A lot of my friends are choosing a “word of the year” instead of making resolutions and I like that idea. I have a lot of half-finished projects on the table and I need to get them done. To be honest, some of them are more than half done, and are languishing unfinished due to my impressive procrastination skills. They need to be finished.

My word for the year is “Do.” There is no reason to goof off any more, I need to press on! With that in mind, I made a list.

20 items.

Some of them are simple—call the eye doctor—but they need to be done. Today I crossed two items off the list. I now have appointments with the eye doctor and the dentist and I found out that both of these had been put off longer than I realized.

What other items on this list have been put off for years? It might be discouraging to find out, but I am not going to dwell in the past. I am going to press on—to do. Maybe I will get something amazing done this year. Some of the things involve other people, but I can still work on my part.

I have a big pile to post on my Etsy store.

I have two books to get published.

That’s just for starters. Today I might even write a short story.

Look out world!

S is for Seasons

I love the changing seasons. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere that did not have all four. I’ve thought about what it would look like to knit a scarf illustrating the seasons:

I’d begin in the summer. I’d begin with a thick, soft green in a deep shade, maybe with little tweedy flecks. The pattern would have texture—cables and bobbles—to show the fullness of the harvest. Here and there go locks of red to foreshadow the coming change of season.

Now the colors are red, orange and yellow in a thinner yarn as the trees give up their leaves. The texture is still there—seed stitch and mock cables make a lighter design.

Soon all that’s left are evergreens, spikes of faded green poking the cloud-gray sky. I’d pick a fluffy gray yarn for the clouds with a heathery dark brown for the trees. Since the holidays come during this season, I’d work in red berry beads and some crystal beads for sparkle.

Deep winter is white lace. I think I’d choose several different whites–angora, merino and silk. The patterns would be reminiscent of snow flakes and ice crusted tree branches. I might work in a touch of black.

Then comes spring. Palest green buds, a contrast stitch woven in here and there, then a hint of pink, a bit of darker red, a stripe of lilac and then more green. The greens would gradiate toward a darker green until I finish off with a thick dark green, that same one I started with.

I think this scarf would need some fringe, so I’d cut strips of every color to garnish the ends.

What would your scarf look like?

M is for Mittens

I have been an advocate of wool mittens since my husband and I took up cross country skiing when we were first married. We wore boiled wool mittens, and they could be frozen solid around our hands, but inside our fingers stayed nice and toasty. Many times we took them off still shaped like our grip around the ski-pole and let them thaw out while we sipped hot cocoa.

When our first son was a baby, we were out one day and his hands got cold. The cute acrylic baby mittens did not keep out the breeze. Since it was an emergency, we stopped at a store that happened to have a basket of hand-made wool mittens. Never mind that the only color in his size was pink, we bought them and slipped them on. What a difference! Happy baby!

After that, I made sure my kids were well supplied with wool mittens. Two color ones are even better—the extra strand of color makes a pretty pattern, and second layer for extra warmth. They are also very durable. I think all my kids wore that first pink pair.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went on a knitting-themed schooner cruise. I chose a pair of mittens for my project because it was small and easy to tote around and I thought I might even finish them.

They had a pattern of pink flamingos on a white background. I couldn’t resist because flamingos are my favorite bird, but some of the other knitters thought they were amusing because flamingos=tropical and mittens=arctic. Oh well, those crazy mittens have served me well.

Last year we took a trip to Alaska to see the Northern Lights and the start of the Iditarod dog sled race. Yes, Alaska in the winter! My hands were never cold.

Now, when I have to drive and use my fingers in the winter, I choose fingerless gloves, but I still rely on 100% wool. I have some in my Etsy store, with more to come as fall approaches.

Since I have a circulation problem in my feet, I have expanded into wool socks, but I will save that for another post.

Here’s my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandKnitComfort