This may be the last knitting project for a while as it seems spring has sprung around here! Sunshine, flowers, and warmer temps have me itching to finish up my winter projects and move on to more spring and summer clothes.
After seeing Kelli’s Gaptastic Cowls (a free pattern, found here!) I wanted to make one for myself- they looked warm, cozy and stylish. And knit in a bulky weight yarn, it is a pretty fast project. The yarn I used is from Sunrise Fiber Co. which is hand dyed here in Oregon. The color is called Peppermint Pattie. This yarn is called Snuggle Bulky and they aren’t kidding- it is soooooo soft and snuggly! I don’t know enough about yarn to know why some wool is soft and some is not, but this stuff is amazing. It comes in some very cool neon colorways too, I’d like to get more of their yarn as it was such a pleasure to knit with!I bought the yarn at my favorite yarn store, Happy Knits! They have a great selection of super yummy yarn, and they have a play room that will keep my littles entertained while I shop, which is so amazing and appreciated by me. It is rare that I have a chance to shop on my own, and most yarn stores I have been in are NOT kid friendly…who wouldn’t want to touch all that pretty yarn? The colors!! The textures! But obviously letting your kids fondle the yarn is frowned upon 😉 You can purchase from them online too!As I started knitting this I noticed that in spots there was a cool chevron/zigzag pattern happening. I was about halfway through when I realized by playing with the tension as I was knitting I could make these patterns happen regularly…SO, I ripped it back almost to the start, and tried to keep that pattern going. I am so pleased with how it turned out! You can read more about some amazing “planned pooling” of colors here.
It has gotten a little too warm to wear this lately, but I know when the cold weather comes back in fall and winter this will be a scarf that I reach for regularly!
I just got back into knitting this winter, and now that it’s warming up I am thinking of ways to keep my skills fresh even though I don’t feel that motivated to make hats/mittens/scarves…my plan right now is to always have a smaller knitting project that I can work on from time to time (right now I have some Rathtrevor mitts in progress). And after a few more small projects I may try my hand at a cardigan of some sort- I’ve never knitted a sweater before but it seems like if I pick something loose where I don’t have to worry too much about fit it should be doable. If you are a knitter, do you knit year round? Or is it more of a winter thing for you? If you knit year round is it seasonally appropriate or do you always knit winter stuff? Just curious 🙂