Thank you! For the wonderful messages I got from so many of you on my last post! I’m glad you enjoyed my jokes, and found a bit of yourselves in them too! I hope that I can live up to that last post, I’m not sure!
It is the beginning of another beautiful day here today, I’m seeing you getting excited about Spring coming to the Northern Hemisphere and I must say, I’m excited for you! It seems like you have had such a freezing cold winter over there, and Spring and Summer will be just what you’re feeling like right now! I can tell you for certain that it is definitely on its way, the sun has moved here and my rainbow harvesting system in my lounge window is once again filling my lounge with rainbows in the morning,
Rainbows don’t happen in summer from this system because of the position of the sun, instead, it’s a bit of magic for winter months, when the sun comes out it is even more special for us! The sun is setting earlier too, at around 7.30pm instead of much later, and when I leave for work in the morning and come home later at night I’m noticing that I need a cardigan, and can’t just leave the house in singlets anymore, so that is all proof for you! I have to admit, I’m looking forward, just a little bit (!) to snuggliness this winter! This summer has been H.O.T and the sun has been so fierce that even I’ve had trouble being in it for too long, so I’m not going to feel totally ripped off when winter descends again like I have after other summers. However, no doubt in the thick of it in July I’ll be crying out for summer again, watch this space!
Meanwhile, the sun is still shining, flowers are still blooming and the cicadas are still loud, so I’m enjoying the last of the heat and warmth before I get to see you experiencing it on the other side of the world….
So onto impending winter snuggliness… I finished my arm warmers I showed you the beginnings of last week! I actually finished them ages (6 days) ago, but here they are in their full glory!
I must admit, it was a really funny process making these mitts! I was sooooooooo deeply in love with this wool, LOVING the colours, because remember I dyed this wool myself in this post, and of all of the colourways I accidentally created, this was my favourite! So I started knitting them from this fabulous pattern, and ran into a few problems, mainly that I was heinously out of practice with my DPNs! I have to say, it seems from the comments I got on that post that DPNs are the most loathed item of knitting paraphernalia!!!! The thing I like about DPNs is that they have the ability to make me feel amazingly wonderfully fabulous (when things are going fine) then within two seconds (when I drop a stitch) I’m in the depths of despair, ripping the wool off them and frogging whatever I’m making, fighting back tears! (I’m not that bad, just mildly exaggerating!) But once I’d dropped a few stitches, I was back on form and knitted the first one up no problems… hanging out to finish them, so I could get them on my arms and enjoy those colours!
But by the second mitt, I had changed my mind completely on them, that I would in fact, never wear them because of the colour changes… I’m still in the process of loving multi-coloured wool, I love it, but I love plain more. So after giving them the obligatory picot edging, and modelling them (which by the way I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate doing, I am unbelievably self-conscious in front of the camera) I’ve put them away safely with the intention of putting them into an etsy shop I’m going to open sometime in the future. KB wondered how I could change my mind so abruptly and quickly on them, but you know how it is don’t you? Anyway, I had a different project on my mind and about 10 seconds after I got home, having finished these ones at a friend’s place, I cast on another pair with my precious Zelana possum merino.
Have you ever knit with possum merino? It most certainly is the heroin of the yarn world… once you’ve had a hit of this stuff, no other yarn will compete, I’m sad to say…. I was introduced to it by a friend (the arm warmer pattern writer) who is heavily hooked on it, and when I was having a spend-a-thon at The Wool Company about a month ago, I bought a couple of balls just to see what it was like. Well. That was a mistake because possum merino is rather pricey, averaging at $15-17 per 50gm ball in knitting shops, so quite an expensive addiction to have! Buying the two balls of Zelana was the ultimate treat that day, and I have to say, I have absolutely NO REGRETS!!! Just FYI, The Wool Company’s possum merino is very inexpensive, at $16 per 100gm ball, the only problem is, it is a four hour drive from here, so I can’t run down there whenever I run out! maybe thats not a problem actually….. (tee hee!)
So! Blah de blah blah! Want to see my possum merino mitts? Oooooh, hang on! If you’re recoiling in horror right now, reading this, please take a moment to read this post which explains beautifully about why we use possum fur in yarn and how possums have become an extreme problem in NZ. You may not agree still, and I have to admit, it took me a loooooooong time to be able to touch it, let alone knit with it, so I understand.
Zelana possum merino I have to say, is so stunningly coloured, I have lovingly looked at their colours for a couple of years now, wanting to dive right in and soak it all up. They are all beautiful jewel tones and I am loving my arm warmers so much I want to wrap them in tissue when I’m not wearing them! It’s still hot here, so not time to wear them YET (!) but when I was doing my shameful photo shoot (poor, patient KB is my photographer) I noticed how snuggly they are and oh my, I’m sooooooooooooooooooo tempted to knit myself a bodysuit with hood to wear under my clothes in winter from this stuff… maybe in 4ply? It wouldn’t be so bulky then… maybe!
So each time I knit my arm warmers and in the past, my wrist warmers, I try to give myself a bit more of a challenge, so this time I decided to graph a highly original diamond pattern and knit that into one side.
And do you know what? It was so ridiculously easy, that next time, I’m going to do a cable. Oh yes! I am indeedy. Actually the time after next, because next time I’m going to try making these ones into proper mitts complete with thumbs, just like the pattern says.
I’ve just noticed my word count and I do believe that this is the longest post I’ve ever written! So on that note, I’m off the enjoy the rest of my day off! It’s mid-morning and I’ve got the whole day stretching ahead of me with nothing in particular to do! Joy!
Hoping you had a fun visit today, and wishing you a beautiful and inspired day!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX