It’s another cold snowy morning here in Minnesota.
As I sit here at the computer, I think about how this view has changed in the last 2 months.
I love the changes in the season, which is why you are getting so many winter pictures right now. By February, all you will be hearing from me is complaints about the long winter. But for now, I am enjoying the winter wonderland.
As you can see from the railing, we got another 6-8″ last night. School is canceled again. Last week, we had enough of a storm to cancel school for 2 days, so that makes for lots of happy kids.
There is also someone else that is happy about the snow . . . Daisy.
The snow is so deep, that she has to hop through the snow like a bunny.
With all this bad weather, I am happy to be working from home, all tucked in where it is nice and warm. It just doesn’t seem to be worth it to go out into the weather if I don’t have to. With all my Christmas gifts pretty much ready to go and shopping done, I have been focusing on finishing other things around here – and possibly starting a few new things too. I’ve been doing some quilting and more decorating, but I think for today I will show you a few knitting things I have finished. As you can see from the first pictures, I finished this sweater a little while ago – before the snow anyways. That tells you how long it’s been since I’ve done a knitting post!
Details: Mountain View Cardigan
Designed by: Connie Change Chinchio of Physics Knits
Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Linen
Ravelry link here
Speaking of yarn, I had a little trouble with pooling. It’s my own fault for not rotating the skeins properly throughout the project. You can totally see it in this shot, right under the waist band.
I wanted to be sure to mention this for the knitters out there who don’t know that hand-dyed yarns require a special technique. It doesn’t say so on the skein, so I didn’t know about it until I happened to mention my problems to a knitting friend. She said you need to work with two skeins at once, using a different skein on every other right side row. I have since gone in and done some hand painting on this sweater to minimize the look of that band and I think it worked well enough that I can still wear it.
The reason I selected this pattern, was that I just loved this detail on the back
and this cute detail on the sleeves.
The whole project was fast and relatively easy.
My next project is another fast and super easy one. I actually started it last winter, so all I had to do was finish up half of the sleeves and sew the body together.
The self stripping yarn really does all the work for you.
The back is exactly the same as the front.
This pattern just requires knitting four rectangles, then sewing them together. See, I told you it was easy! It’s a great beginner project.
Yarn: Boku by Plymouth Yarns
Pattern: Klaralund by by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Ravelry link here
That’s it for now. I better get back to work and finish up this quilt that I want to show you next.