It's been all about accessories at The Wool Palace lately. I think it's the cold weather and a certain preoccupation that means I haven't really felt like sitting down and working on anything large. Instead I am on some sort of mission to ensure that all the family extremities are covered.
First, I made mittens for Josie with left over sock yarn and All Seasons Cotton.
I used the Canadian Mitten pattern from Sally Melville's The Purl Experience. It makes a nice thick mitten that can withstand quite a bit of moisture. A very quick knit - even with me knitting two right hands first.
Then I made some fingerless gloves/wrist warmer things for me to wear when I'm cycling to work. Once again done with leftovers - Koigu this time - and some black All Seasons Cotton.
Super quick to knit. I think I got these done in a couple of hours. Knitted in the round so there were only a few ends to sew in.
Once the cold weather hit I remembered that I'd lost my hat at the end of last winter and hadn't bothered to knit another one. I needed something quick, so tried out this pattern from Loop-D-Loop.
It's the Corrugated Rib hat. I used one skein of brown wool from Handpainted Yarn (I've linked to the website but I got mine from them on Ebay). It was a quick knit as it's done on 6.5mm needles but I had to rip it out a couple of time as Teva Durham's idea of what would fit a 'small/medium' lady's head was nowhere near what my head needed. She suggests casting on 60 stitches - I ended up doing 72. I like the finished product. It uses alternating bands of garter and reverse stocking stitch interspersed with stocking stitch to produce an interesting texture. It's a good hat to just grab and pull on in the morning and it covers my ears - always a bonus.
I am now attempting to finish up a few bits and bobs so I can concentrate on some Christmas knitting. I am determined to finish these socks by Wednesday at the latest.
Since taking the photo I have turned the heel and am halfway through the gusset decreases so I think I'm on track. I love this colourway so these socks are going to be for me - an early Christmas present maybe?