Can you believe it? I’m back in the knitting groove! I had a couple of sick days this week (I’m feeling much better, thanks!) and picked up my needles while whiling away the afternoons.
It’s been cold here the last week or so (we’re talking -10ºC, or 14ºF, in the mornings) and it isn’t easy keeping the cold drafts at bay. My feet, and especially my ankles, have been chilly, chilly, chilly. Not pleasant. I’ve never made leg warmers before but if ever there was a good reason to make some, this week has been it. I started doing some searching in Ravelry and came up with these very simple leg warmers, knit in a k1, p1 rib using Paton’s Classic Wool.
The pattern is by Caitlinn Ffrench. Really, all I wanted the pattern for was for the needle size and the stitch count. Armed with those two numbers, I could have done anything. However, I want these for wearing under my “warmies” and with my slippers so k1, p1 rib is perfect. The first one was finished within 24 hours. The second one, I find, always takes longer. What? Me, suffer from second anything syndrome? Banish the thought! Um.. yeah. These have definitely become a priority, though. I really don’t like cold feet and I especially don’t like cold ankles. It just makes the cold seem so much colder.
To that end, I’ve also picked up another two balls of Alafoss Lopi today.
I bought the pattern last year (or perhaps two years ago) and have had every intention of making these felted boots. Obviously, I still haven’t. They are basically the same pattern as the Bev Galeskas felted clogs that I’ve been making for the both of us for the past few years, just higher. I have every intention of making (and finishing) these this winter but without the fuzzy stuff. I don’t especially care for the fuzzies. I will, however, reinforce the sole with leather, just to help prolong the life of these slippers. With these, the legwarmers might be superfluous but anything to help stave off the cold will be welcomed!
Another small, or maybe not so small, project that has been resurrected is the Annabella’s cowl that I started earlier this year. You might remember it; I blogged about it here.
Well, I ran out of yarn. I have to say, this is very rapidly becoming an expensive little project!
There are already two skeins of the Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (@ $15.00 per skein) and one skein of the Artyarns Silk Mohair (@$23.00 per skein) and, because it isn’t quite long enough, I’ve purchased another skein of each yarn in order to finish it. I was asked this morning if this is a gift for someone special. I commented that there’s no one I like enough to give a gift this expensive; it’s for me and me alone! I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much on an accessory!
I have to say, though, that it is so cushy and soft and touchable. As the commercials say, “…because I’m worth it”!
Now, back to knitting before my alone time is over. Today is John’s last day of work for the season so I’d best savour the afternoon.