It’s supposed to be autumn, my favourite season, but it seems to be a bit late arriving in these parts and the hot summer is certainly outstaying its welcome. All in all, not the best weather for knitting, but I have finished a couple of little projects.
The first of two Christmas balls for March in the Merry Knitalong. This is number 43 from Arne & Carlos’s 55 Christmas balls to knit, a charming Christmas pig. I’d posted on the Ravelry MerryKAL group that I was planning to knit the pig for March, because it’s my birthday month, and I was born in the Year of the Pig, and KnittingSarah very kindly decided to make it official!
I haven’t started on the second Christmas ball for March, the Greek Cross, but Martine from iMake has just finished hers in a lovely Christmassy green. I haven’t decided yet whether to branch out into some other colours or stick with the traditional red and white, but the green certainly does look nice.
My other project might also seem suitable for a northern hemisphere Christmas, but hardly for a Melbourne heatwave, but here it is done.
A pair of green tweed mittens for Adrienne Martini’s Comfort me with mittens project. Adrienne sent out the call for people to knit green mittens, as a response to the dreadful shootings in the United States, and in a link to the Christmas ball theme, to be collected and made into a Christmas tree — like this. I thought it was a great idea and I can’t wait to see pictures of the mitten tree.
I have to say though, these being my first ever mittens, that my pattern choice was not very inspired. If I’d read the pattern through to the end before I started I think I would have gone looking for a pattern to knit my mittens in the round instead of knitting them flat. For something so small there was an awful lot of seaming involved. Lovely yarn though, if a bit fragile, like knitting with spun tissues.
- Christmas ball yarn: Millamia Naturally Soft Merino, colours Scarlet and Snow.
- Mittens yarn: Rowan Tweed, colour Hubberholme.