What I remember of my youth in Grand Marais, Minnesota is plenty of indoor time in the winter. Sure, we cross country skiied, went snowmobiling (in my teens), but mostly in winter, we hunkered down and crafted. I've made silk flowers, sewed, quilted, quilled, made more do-hickeys out of styrofoam than I care to admit, and fattened up for the winter.
Now, even though there seems to be some weird weather afoot (Global warming? I'll buy that. Cyclical weather? Hell, I'd buy into that, too.) Still, there is knitting happening over here people. It's time to get inspired, I'm telling you. Elizabeth Zimmerman? Goddess. Mel Clark and Tracey Ullman? Not for beginners, but definitely inspirational. Knitting.com? Nothing finer.
Here are some recent knitting pics. First off, from the Goddess of Unvented Knitting, Elizabeth Zimmerman's Woodsman's socks. They are just the trick for a cold day. Knitted in Knit Picks Shamrock (color picked by a two year old, sorry don't remember what it is and I tossed the belly-band)
Because it's a five-ply wool it knits up fast and I finished them in less than a weekend. A record for me, anyway.
Next up are the Broad Street mittens from Knitty.com. I adore them. They are so handy for wiping noses on the playground (mine and other small children's) plus they are just so cool I can barely stand it.
And on to my new favorite hat...the Lady Detective from Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark's book, Knit 2 Together. I worked it in the recommended Noro Iro without the belt buckle and strap (not so much me) and I'm loving it.
I'm working on a Fair Isle capelet out of Cascade yarns and I just got a post from Schoolhouse Press for some lovely Icelandic wool. I'm set for the weekend...the children are with their father and who cares about food when there's yarn in the house?