WIP - January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

This year came in with congestion and an achy stomach and achy ears for me, unfortunately. :-(

Yet I was able to take my mind off the symptoms with some knitting:

I cast on a neck warmer to match my new hat.

Then I started a venture to generate income, albeit  modestly: I plan to make 50 hats by November 1 to sell during the holidays. The first hat is a crocheted number that makes use of my stash. This will really stretch my creativity, as I want each hat to be "an original by..."

Lastly there is the Jacob Jumper - a sweater that is going from inspiration straight to the needles. That's the garter stitch panel I created for the lower bodice pictured on the left. It is planned to be a tunic style with a v-neck. I am debating about trying out my first steeks for the armholes and neck...with some help from Meg Swanson or another knitting guru's tutorial.  The yarn was purchased at Rhinebeck last fall, at the Jacob Sheep Conservancy booth. It was a special price for a jacob/mohair blend and I have to say I am delighted with this yarn. It feels springy, it has character with the tonal variants which alter in different light settings (one time grey, the next a browny-taupe…too cool), there is a high twist for good stitch definition, even though I am only working garter stitch and stockinette for now…and the aroma - just wonderful. ahhhh…sheep. yarn. ummm…keep knitting.


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