Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Honey of my OWN

Over spring break, my husband and I were able to travel east to visit our son in his new city.  As I was packing, I realized that the Urban Aran I was knitting for my daughter was not the ideal project for knitting on the airplane.  It's not terribly demanding, but it involves a cable needle, and (usually a good thing) I knit through the balls of yarn pretty quickly.  (I know, I know, it's wonderful to knit cables without a needle.  All the cool kids are doing it.  But I prefer the process and the outcome with the cable needle.  And it's my knitting.  So there.)

I am usually a one-project-at-a-time kind of knitter, but this seemed like an occasion to make an exception.  And, thanks to a little impulse buying at Happy Knits, when I was last in Portland, I had just the thing:  two skeins of Madelinetosh Dk in the Cove colorway.
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This yarn came home mainly because I loved the color (which this picture doesn't do justice), and because I thought I might like a Honey Cowl myself.  This was, after all, the very yarn, if not the color, called for in the famous pattern.  

To digress a bit, Happy Knits was my first exposure to Madelinetosh yarns in person.  It's a bigger yarn range than I'd imagine, with many beautiful colors.  I am especially in awe of all the varieties of water themed colors - cove, wellwater, rainwater, baltic, etc.  I want more.

You don't have to watch the video.  You've seen it.  But I do.  Want more. 

So, I knit on my Honey Cowl all the way to Baltimore and back.    And a bit when I got home.  I only dropped the yarn under the seat in front of me once, on the first leg of my flight.  And I have a Honey Cowl of MY OWN. 
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I look a little concerned in this picture -- but I'm OK.
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The styling isn't so terrific, but this shot does show the lovely shading pretty well.

I really tried hard to finish my Honey while we were in Baltimore.  They have spring there as well, now,  but when we were there, I was jealous of the many young women I saw still in their warm infinity scarves.  Now that I have a scarf that is wooly warm as well as fashionable, spring has at last sprung.  After these shots, my Honey went up on the closet shelf with the other winter scarves.
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Here we are on the last and warmest day of our visit.  I guess spring had already started springing!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Easter, belated

On Easter, I delivered the second red beret (Almond Comfit) I knit.  It was just as fun to make the second as the first.   My mom had strongly hinted that she'd like one too.  She and my mother-in-law are pretty good friends and I certainly didn't want  her to be jealous. 
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The knitting details aren't that different from the first one - same yarn, same pattern.  My mom's head circumference was between sizes, so the sizing is the only difference.  I used the directions for the largest size, except in the "main body of hat" section - there, I knit the number of rows for the next smaller size.  It seemed to work!
My sister took this lovely picture of the two moms (my mom and my mother-in-law) modelling their hats.
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This was on Easter Sunday, when I also gave my sister (and hostess) the Bertie Lou bird I knit.
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It was gratifying that my sister loved Bertie's feet, since that was my own tweak to the pattern.  The little steeple in the picture is the top of a wonderful bird-house my brother-in-law created.  So here's Bertie, in her new habitat.