I recently finished off two quick projects, one as a Christmas gift and one for myself. For my sister, I crocheted a set of boot cuffs after I attempted to buy her some last year on Etsy, a transaction that fell through. I found the boot cuff pattern on Ravelry. It was easy, just single and double crochet. I found a teal wool yarn to use, since that was close to the color I originally tried to order for her.
The second project was a neck cowl for myself. I get really excited about wearing scarves in the winter so I decided to make yet another one for myself. I found the pattern on Ravelry again. I ordered Forest Heather Biggo yarn from Knit Picks. The yarn is very thick, and the pattern calls for large needles, so it was a project that went fast also. The yarn is pleasingly soft.
My cat Annie decided to get in on the photo action.
I learned how to take my own photo in the mirror.
On Sunday and Monday it was in the mid 70s. Yesterday and today it did not get out of the 20s and there was some insane morning wind. Wow. I left Ohio to get out of this kind of weather. It looks like tomorrow will be just as cold, with a chance of little snowflakes Thursday night. To top it off Texas isn’t built for these temperatures and the energy grid can’t handle the load, giving us rolling black-outs and lots of school and business closings.
Yes, I whine, I know. Anyhow this coldness reminds me of a gift I knitted for myself around a year ago. Arm warmers! They are one of my favorite shades of green. The intent was to wear them at my desk at work because my fingers sometimes turn purple from being cold. Unfortunately they make typing a bit difficult so I don’t wear them as often as I should since typing is pretty instrumental to my work. That does not detract from their appeal though.
The pattern name is dashing and I found it on ravelry (of course). Pattern browsing on ravelry is addictive, you should sign up and try it. The pattern is available from knitty. The yarn I used is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, a very nice and affordable yarn. I really love the way the long cables turned out on these arm warmers. Overall I found this project to be pretty easy and would recommend it. It does require knitting in the round on double pointed needles, but once you learn how to do that this is a great pattern!