January, 2012

Embrace January!  Even though it is raining (or snowing), appreciate having some extra time to reflect on the past year, and plan ahead for the new year.  It is also just a wonderful time to stay inside, get cozy, and re-visit those projects you've been meaning to get back to (maybe even finish a few of them).  I like to take in the simple everyday things we do in life, like stitching and knitting with a cup of tea or coffee -
what could be better?

The picture above is a little lookout in Victoria, and I took it while on a walk in the rain.  We don't have any snow here yet - just lots of rain!  The weather is mild, so it is nice to get out and get some fresh air.

I really needed a pair of mitts, and came across this pattern in the Nov/Dec Piecework magazine.  I was intrigued, because the left and right hands are different.  Most mitt patterns are the same for right or left hands.  They are called the Navajo-Churro Mittens and is a tried and true pattern from the author's Grandmother.  I love the history behind some of these patterns, it just makes it that much
more enjoyable to knit.
Getting ready to knit - I'm using the CEY Mountaintop Yarn, Vista.
In progress (with a cup of tea, of course)
My finished mitts - I think I may do some embroidery on them.....


What a great time to start something new.  How about a project from "Coastal Knits."  I just love Hannah Fettig's and Alana Dakos' patterns.  Their book is full of gorgeous projects - here are a few...

Rustling Leaves Beret


Sand and Sea Shawlette


Rocky Coast Cardigan


Coastal Knits book available at the store
(as well as other patterns by Hannah Fettig)



On my Stitching frame is a project started quite a while ago.  It is the Drawn Thread's "Sampler of Stitches" and as you can see, I'm only on the letter C, so I have a ways to go!  I love this chart, because it involves several different embroidery stitches, and uses the gorgeous silk thread "Au Ver a Soie - Soie d'Alger.


Winter time demands a big chunky snood.  This is from Sublime's newest Chunky Merino Tweed book 655, and is knit in Chunky Merino Tweed color 235, Pigeon.  See other colors here.


These are locally crafted Antler Buttons. (Antler's are shed naturally, so no animal is harmed).  These large carved buttons are wonderful for sweaters that need that one special button, or as an embellishment for a cowl or shawl.


The coast in View Royal


Take some time for yourself this January.  Be grateful for all the little things we take for granted. Stop once and a while to enjoy our beautiful landscape.


Lil in her spot, cozed!


To February 2012