Episode 11: Listen here
We are steeped in gift knits this month ( Even though Kris thought she wasn’t going to partake).
Off our needles are:
Kris finished a beautiful Hasselnusse. This was one of the Anne Hansen’s Fall Into Fall projects, and we love it. That color is so rich and chocolatey.
She also finished an adorable Maxima Ruffled Mitt. This is a perky little project, and there is still time to whip some up. We love the flared ruffles on the cuffs.
Susan finished 2 cowls: Grey Loop and the Gaptastic and a scarf , Allegria
These are beautiful, and Sally noted that her daughter loves her Gaptastic , wears it all the time, and shares it (somewhat reluctantly) with her friends. There is definitely time to knit up one of these.
Sally has finished her Hogwarts Express, by Susan Ashcroft. She loved knitting it, and enjoyed learning another way to add in beads. She is reluctantly wrapping this up, but has already purchased yarn to make herself one, once all the holiday knitting is done.
She also went on and on about her favorite Holiday Knitting project:Big Snowy Owl. This was a blast to knit, a clever pattern, and a funny and sweet finished product. Do people need Big Owls? Probably not, but at least she knit it out of some soft and squishy Berkshire Bulky, so it wasn’t an exorbitantly expensive big owl.
On our needles:
Kris is nearing the finale of her Autumn Scarf. Susan is contemplating casting on for one of her own. (Once she’s finished her second Gray Loop Cowl.) Susan is also knitting some Quick and Cozy socks from some Lamb’s Pride superwash (some of which she scored on Ravelry). Both Susan and Kris have shawls on their needles. They recently took Ann Weaver’s Triangular Shawl design class. They loved her and the class. If you are in the Boston area and wish you’d taken it, Sally saw that Ann was teaching another at Black Sheep Knitting Co. in Needham. Sally is knitting a South End Knitter’s Hat, and is looking forward to casting on another big owl. You can’t have too many. This is all a way to avoid making progress on the Zipped Vest that has been giving her a bad time.
Kris has scored the new Cheryl Niamith (of Fetching fame) book, Covet. It is full of beautiful projects. that we are all itching to try. And Kris is intrigued by the Jul Pedestal buttons that were used in the book. (great idea) she also got another book, Tutto A Mano. gorgeous, and star studded. Susan wants to knit the Swallowtail Cowl by Hannah Fettig and the Scarfuffle. Sally wants to knit anything other than the Zipped Vest.
Kris showed us her recent Sundara Yarn Club catch, two beautiful skeins in fingering weight, one in the color icicle and one in midnight sky, perfect winter project colors. Susan succumbed to a skein of Malabrigio Sock in lettuce. Sally got her family to stop at WEBS on their way home from Western Massachusetts. She grabbed lots of Berkshire Bulky, some Lustra, some gottahaveit purple Nuna by Mirasol, and because she was feeling a little angry and vengeful, a skein of Oxblood Tosh Sock jumped into the basket as well.
On Our bookshelves:
Susan is reading Louisa and the Missing Heiress, by Anna Maclean, and Sally reread A Catcher In The Rye. She also listened to The Odyssey (Fagles translation) narrated by Ian McKellan, which she downloaded from Audible.com. Susan shared a good website for free audio books: librivox. Kris also talked about her all time favorite children’s novel, Eagle Of The Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliffe.
That’s all for now, folks. Keep those needles clicking, and if you don’t hear from us before the new year, enjoy peaceful, joyous, and warm holidays.
Over and out,
The Ladies of the Knit