‘Tis the season …
27/11/2013 § 8 Comments
to wrap up warm and start knitting!
On our recent trip to Cardiff, we stopped off in Bath so that I could jaunt – at top speed – to a couple of my favourite shops. I treated myself to a ball of sock wool (from a dry cleaners, can’t remember which one), and then in a fit of complete madness, to a set of Knit Pro Symfonie double pointed needles, from Wool.
I had no idea what I’d be making, had no pattern or plan but whilst watching the starlings over the bay, I picked up the ball of wool and these beautiful needles and started to knit! I do like knitting, but a crochet hook has become my tool-of-choice for so long now. These needles are AMAZING – so wonderful to hold, almost soft – it’s like knitting with air. They’re warm too – I hate cold knitting needles and hooks!
Here’s what’s been flying off my needles, and hooks …
I didn’t have a pattern, so cast on sufficient stitches to fit around my wrist. The thumb bit just sort of happened and I started the 2nd mitten at the same stripe in the yarn so they match. A crochet cuff and top row was all that was needed to complete them and boy are they warm. I started a snood in Solomon’s Knot crochet, but am not so in love with this so it will probably be unravelled very soon and I’ll try something else with the remainder of the ball.
The teal yarn was a me-treat and so were the 2nd set of Knit Pro needles, in a larger size! In fact, they’re almost finished as I took these photos yesterday morning, and had a fun time last evening making up the finishing touches – crochet cuff, top and thumb-top – no draughts please!
Teamed up with last year’s scarf and snood creations, I’m feeling ready for Winter! I think the change in the season can be exactly marked by the date when my red snood is brought from it’s summer nest and snuggled around my neck. I can’t be parted from it – other layers are added for extra warmth!
My new seasonal fashion love is my poncho. Never thought I’d wear one – I remember them in the 1960′s! But good old Sainsburys – on one of their recent 25% off weekends – tempted me, and I love it. So warm for chilly evenings, driving and daytime jaunts. I shop at only the best retailers, as you can tell – Sainsburys for clothes and Aldi for food! We did jaunt to Compton Marbling Christmas Fair last weekend though – such a pretty location in rural Wiltshire. Great stalls and the festive atmosphere that really kicked off Winter and the Festive Season, for me.
Snuggle up – it’s getting very cold out there!
PS – just discovered that Knit Pro also do sets of crochet hooks and they’ve made it straight onto my Christmas list!