Winter Knitting and Crocheting

winter knitting

(I’ve fallen off the face of the blog world in the last couple of months, so I’m trying to ease back in with an easy post. Here’s a quick update on my creative life!)

I didn’t knit at all last spring or summer.

I started to think maybe knitting had been a phase in my life that I was now over — something that had helped me deal with the trauma of my son’s hospitalization, but was no longer meant to be a part of my life.

But then, all of a sudden in September, I was hit with an intense need to knit. And I have been knitting (and crocheting) up a storm these last few months! (And interestingly, I completely dropped watercolour painting, which was really big for me in the summer. I guess my hobbies flow with the seasons. I suspect I’ll pick it up again when we have more hours of sunshine in a day.)

Because I love seeing other people’s finished project, here are a few of my recent ones. (I’ve already shared my projects from October and November in my What-I’m-Into posts.) If you’re on Ravelry, you can see all my projects here.

Crocheted Cactus Pillow

textured cactus pillow

cactus pillow

(Info on Ravelry here. Pattern here.)

This pillow serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever. I just saw something similar in a friend’s Instagram feed and had to make one for myself.

It took forever and a ton of yarn, thanks to those bobble stitches. But it turned out adorable. Lydia slept with it for the first few nights, and even took it along to Florida. It’s surprisingly cuddly and looks great as a throw pillow.

Fingerless Mittens

fingerless mittens

fingerless gloves(Info on Ravelry.)

Lydia kept eyeing up the fingerless mittens for sale at the farmer’s market, but I didn’t love the quality so I told her I’d make her a better pair. It was a delight to use some superwash merino gifted from a friend a few years ago.

She looooooves them. In fact, you might notice that one of the mittens is quite fuzzy already — she wore it nonstop while I knitted the second one. It’s so gratifying to have your knitting appreciated!

I made a few mistakes on this project, so I’m working on a second pair for a friend which I think will turn out even better.

Pointy Elf Hat

pointy elf hat(Info on Ravelry.)

Again, this was a project that nobody asked for, but I was compelled to make after I saw a picture on the cover of a book. It was just so perfectly whimsical and sweet.

It actually took a year for inspiration to turn to reality because I couldn’t find any suitable yarn (the pattern calls for an extra-bulky thick/thin yarn that’s been discontinued.) I finally found something similar at Joann, which doesn’t even exist in Canada (I had to get in when I was in the US). I was so thrilled that it was finally going to happen!

It was a fast and fun knit, and Lydia loves it.

Well, I’ve still got a couple of projects on the go, but these are the ones I’ve finished so far.

What have you been knitting or crocheting?? If you’re on Ravelry I’d love to follow you there!!

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  1. Oh my goodness, is that a Malabrigo blue-green yarn in the picture at the top? Mmmm. Love me some Malabrigo.

    My knitting tells a similar tale. I took a couple classes two years ago and went into a frenzy–hats! scarves! mittens!–but got bested by a pair of socks. I couldn’t finish them before class was over and now I’m stuck turning the heel. But you know what? Might be time to take it up again.

    Happy knitting!

    PS: Is it as cloudy in Windsor as it is in Detroit? I haven’t seen the sun in ages.

    • Yes, it’s Malabrigo — the colourway is Vaa. I LOOOOOOOVE it. I am definitely a Malabrigo fan after this.

      I got stuck on a sock heel last year, too, but I ended up abandoning it and staring a new project. And now Lydia has outgrown the size I was making it. I wonder how often a sock heel has stopped a new knitter in her tracks?

  2. Megalovic says

    Thanks, Jaime! The edit will be made ASAP.

  3. I am not entirely happy about this weather (I am sitting here wearing, wool socks, fingerless mitts, and a thick sweater and have my space heater on me), but it is nice to have the opportunity to wear my Ravellenics sweater at least once before I pack it away. Have a wonderful (and hopefully warmer) weekend!

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