Well, it's been a little while since I've written anything. Unfortunately, that's because of some bad news in my family - my mom passed away last week. I'm not comfortable saying more in a public forum, but my family was all together and we're all OK.
I had some yarn for a couple of scarves that I had planned to make for my mom (including the Blizzard below) and I'm going to go ahead and knit them up and give them to a couple of people who have been a great help to my dad in the last few weeks.
I love this. I simply cannot wait until it's done. It's so freaking cold here right now and I just want to be wrapped in its loveliness. The yarn is Artful Yarns Jazz, a 50/50 wool/alpaca blend. It has 4 plies in blues, greens, and rust and the overall effect is a lovely tweedy olivey green.
So pretty! It really does look greener than in that picture. This is a fun pattern, too. I love dropping stitches! I'm letting my friends help with the stitch dropping - it's so fun to make intentional mistakes! I can easily see myself making this again, maybe in a dressier yarn.
I frogged my initial attempt at Tempting, partly because I wanted my size 7 needles for Clapotis, and mostly because I was afraid it would be too small. After asking around on Craftster, I'm thinking that the medium will actually be just fine, so when I'm done with my yummy shawl, I'll restart Tempting which should go pretty quickly.
I also participated in a very fun swap over at Craftster - a zodiac swap! I had to make a gift for a Leo - here's the result:
A lion coin purse! I knitted up a skein of Peruvian Highland Wool (you know, that awesome stuff from Elann), hand felted it, beaded the "mane", and needle felted the face. I also stitched in a zipper that's not visible in the photo, and did a twisted yarn handle/tail thingie. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I think the recipient liked it as well. I have another Craftster swap coming up as well as the February Flower swap, so I'll be a busy craftster girl in the next couple of weeks!