Before Christmas my favorite hand dyer (The Plucky Knitter) and my favorite designer (Veera Välimäki) teamed up and came out with this lovely kit. I asked for one but by the time my husband got around to clicking the link they were gone, I tried to get in on an update and that went bust; they sold too quickly. So when I heard about her blog contest I thought fine, I'll post a comment to enter but this will go nowhere. There were over 400 comments when I posted and by the time it closed, 565 comments. The random number generator gods smiled down upon for I was one of two to win a kit! After tramping around in the snow this afternoon and looking something like this:
I came home to not one but three packages chock full of goodness. One was something I ordered from Eden Cottage Yarns on etsy. Five skeins of beautiful DK in a brownish orange, like the caramelized edge on a roasted pumpkin.
After all the hullabaloo over Christmas knitting was through a bout of startitis struck me followed by a severe case of 'I-don't-like-anything-on-my-needles'. Mainly I was stymied on a test knit sweater. And when I get frustrated with one project I need to start 18 dozen more. The sweater design is by Ninja8Tofu on ravelry. I love her designs and when a chance to test knit her new sweater design, Foster, came around I leaped at the chance.
I finished the hats and am almost done with the shawl and I generously even picked back up a fair isle mitten that's been hanging around. But I couldn't deal yet with the button bands. But a streak of bravery struck me (I am reading a book about the civil war and figure if the soldiers could deal with dysentery I could deal with two simple button bands). So Foster saw the light of day again. Really it had been a week since I'd knitted on it. The button bands accomplished I then started in on the sleeves and that's where I am now. So while this isn't quite a F(inished) O(bject), I am still posting about it since I can't wait to wear it. Winter finally decided to show up in these parts and it's time to break out the woolens in full force. At brunch I managed to finish off sleeve one, so now it's on to sleeve two then blocking and sewing on buttons. Sometimes finding just the right buttons to finish a sweater is more difficult than picking up a button band. I searached long and hard and bought about 3 different sets before settling on some like these from Weewhigmaleerie on etsy.