I am starting the year by casting on lots of new projects. Because I can!
Just two of them on show today. First off is a lovely mitten from Riihivilla.
Back of the hand.
The palm, with thumb gusset stitches held on a ribbon.
I am enjoying knitting these so much. The yarn, spun from Finnsheep, is truly wonderful. It is rustic, in that it isn't over processed and has a lovely bouncy handle. It is very soft with a bit of lanolin left in. A joy to knit. Leena's naturally dyed colours are beautiful too.
I'm knitting the mittens on larger needles than suggested, as I'd read that people found it quite a narrow fit. I can get it on, but it's still a bit snug on my huge hands! Wearable, but not ideal. Mittens need a bit of air room around your fingers, I think. Rather than rip out what I've already knitted, I'm giving these to a friend who I know will love and appreciate the beauty of the yarn and colours. At least I know that to make these mittens fir a women's medium size hand, I need to use 3.5mm needles. I have another kit earmarked for a gift for another friend. I shall then make some for me, on even bigger needles!
Project number two is a pair of happy socks. Slightly insane happy socks!
The yarn, Regia's Flourmania, is really that bright, neon, high viz colour! Especially at dusk. I hope they give a happy lift to the intended recipient.
The other things I've started, a shawl and a pair of fingerless mitts requested by Oliver, I'll talk about next time.
I'm hoping that having lots of different projects on the go will help me get back into the knitting habit. I feel so much better when I make time to knit more. It's a way to take your mind off worries, without just vegging. I've started spinning again, although I've had a break over Christmas. More on that to come too.
I'm hoping to blog more too. To talk about why I haven't been blogging. Some of it has been down to a general feeling of malaise brought on by our current government's election. So depressing, especially that a lot of my fears have come true. And worse!