Monday, December 30, 2013

January Knitting Plans....




      For those of us who love to gift knits, we've been knitting for weeks (or months!) for others in anticipation of Christmas giving. I have also been knitting baby hats in a sort of frenzied zombie state--- they're so tiny and knit up so quick but yes, one little head only needs so many hats.

   And so I'm going to indulge in what has become known as 'selfish knitting month' in January-- when all your gift knitting is done and you can make some little treats for yourself. I have some beautiful yarn that I've been hoarding for months--- one is a silk blend I got over the summer at a fiber show, and the other is a soft white-and-black blend that I bought in Salem when I was in New England this fall.

   I've been trying to decide what to do with these special yarns, and after looking through some of my favorite knitting books (Swedish Handknits and Norwegian Handknits are total gems, full of so much great information and history, as well as pretty patterns) and I have decided to make some fingerless gloves for myself--- and yes, maybe a little matching hat for baby if I have leftovers!

   My cream colored skein of yarn came in that nice looking loop, but needed to wound, so I got to use a beautiful and very handy little piece my friend Holly got me for my birthday-- a nostepinne made by local talented wood worker Nick Connor. 

   A nostepinne is a Scandinavian tool used to wind a ball of yarn that can be pulled at both ends and means "nest stick", and does create a pretty little nest of yarn when its done (you can see the white yarn still wrapped around the nostepinne in the last photo).

   Now I'm starting on the first glove-- wish me luck. I'm not following a particular pattern but am writing down what I do on the first glove so that I can do it again with the second! That's the pesky thing about things that are knitted in pairs-- they need to match! We'll see how well I do. I am terrible at following patterns. I cant be made to pay attention, but I think I've gotten to where I can tell now what I need to do in order to make pretty things happen.

   And so, that is what I'll be up to this coming month. Oh, and having the baby too! Can't forget him! At this point in time, it's looking like he's too snuggled up to be inspired to be a December baby, and so January it will be. I'm trying to not be too impatient, but I'll be honest-- its getting hard. I'm so tired, I'm outgrowing all my clothes, am pretty puffed up and too tired to do much at all--- although my mind is still buzzing and wishing my body could keep up. That's probably why I'm so obsessed with knitting lately-- atleast my hands still work. And I'm planning great plans for 2014. It'll be so much fun....

   Until then-- I will try to keep positive and know that this baby has to come sometime. And I do love garnets. What a pretty birthstone :) And who knows, perhaps the next post will be about baby--- whenever he decides to arrive!

~H

8 comments:

  1. Good luck with your knitting Heather - the yarn looks great and the books will guide you through to a successful pair of mittens, hopefully :) looking forward to seeing your January knits as well as the little baby boy who is lucky to have such a talented crafty mum.

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  2. So glad you liked it! Can't wait to see your fingerless gloves. The better to change diapers with! :)

    As a kid, I wasn't a fan of my garnet birthstone. I wanted a pretty Opal or aquamarine! Now I love it. Maybe he's waiting for the 5th so he and I can celebrate together! Hang in there, Mama. <3

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  3. So glad you liked it! Can't wait to see your fingerless gloves. The better to change diapers with! :)

    As a kid, I wasn't a fan of my garnet birthstone. I wanted a pretty Opal or aquamarine! Now I love it. Maybe he's waiting for the 5th so he and I can celebrate together! Hang in there, Mama. <3

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  4. What beautiful yarns, and the gift from Holly was thoughtful and perfect. For me, it is tremendously important to take a break from crafting for my shop or for others and just treat myself to a few fruits of my labor. And speaking of labor (hehe), I am so excited that your little guy will be making his appearance soon. Hang in there, dear!

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  5. Great minds run the same track! I have never heard the term that January is selfish knitting month but that is EXACTLY what I have been up to. This year was the year that my simple fingerless glove pattern went out to most everyone I knew! LOL! They are simple and fun to make and I can't wait to see what you come up with! Your yarns are so pretty and inspiring so I hope you have fun knitting away for yourself until baby comes. Yarn is a wonderful thing to work with and see it become something so pretty and practical!

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  6. Wonderful wonderful Happy new year I wish you and your family..loads of love and beautiful thruths..art *+*+***

    Love Lycke

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  7. Nest stick! I learned something new today :P I think it is lovely and so cozy looking!

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  8. Garnet was my grandfather's name ... Garnet Russell Rodgers.

    I'm loving the nostepinne. Happy New Year to you and yours Heather, happy knitting, and I can't wait to hear all about you welcoming your little one x

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Each and every comment is appreciated! Thanks for coming to visit me :) ~Heather