Ta da! Finished these last weekend. At 5.5 st/inch, they went very fast. I used the SWAK universal glove pattern (a gift from the fabulous Kelly Sue, who also treated me to our room at last month’s Knitting Retreat at The Elms!) and US3 needles, Austermann Naturwolle and Knit Picks Merino Style for the trim. I’m working on a matching skullcap and scarf, and I think I’ll be able to get it all from 4 balls of Naturwolle. The color’s off, though. I don’t have any useful photo editing software yet, so no color correction & my camera ain’t crazy for artificial light.
Here’s the palm side.
I also finally finished Ashley’s critter and got it sent off. She traded me a little guy to order for a necklace when we shared a booth at the Renegade Craft Fair. I wear it all the time. Here’s her guy:
Weird dusky light. Here’s a closeup:
I think he’s my favorite (except for my first guy, the little red fella). I like his sleepy eyes and his half smile, and his arms kind of naturally have his aw-shucks positioning.
I just started what I hope will be a nice warm shawl with some of my very own handspun and some odds and ends. I can’t get a remotely accurate color, so I’ll show the yarns later. But I think it will be nice, fire-colored and warm. It’s my first shawl, just simple stockinette to show the yarn with a seed top & bottom (although I think I’m going to finish it with a picked up purl curled edge, as I didn’t put down enough seed to fight the curl) and a cable on either end. I worry I won’t wear a shawl, but I didn’t want to commit to such a loud sweater or poncho.
I hate the way I dress. I quit paying attention to my clothes when I plumped back up a couple years ago, and now I have nothing to wear. I think I’m going to squirrel away everything vintage, dump everything I don’t love, and start over. I keep saying that, but I never do it. And it’s hard to buy anything new when 1) I don’t look how I feel and 2) there’s so much other stuff I need more. But I’ve found myself wearing warmups more and more, and that’s just… yuck.
I’m officially vowing to make myself some skirts. Hey, what about an oversized A-line, with a half-waist drawstring I can gather to one side like that cute anthropologie skirt of Kelly Sue’s? Then I can still wear it, if by some miracle of will, I actually lose weight.