It’s so dark! I am sitting by the fire, the room lit with fairy lights and a cup of black tea piping hot beside me. A friend of mine gave us some lavender sugar and I find it so delicious in a strong cup of black tea ❤ It is so late for me to be drinking caffeine but I am oh so tired and I very much felt like sharing a couple of things with you.
The weather continues to promise snow but only to cruelly trick us with rain. I guess that is life living in a maritime climate. Today has been a wet day and we have chosen to stay home, only to take Henry out in the trees behind our house. The cats are venturing outside each day. They stick right around the front door, guarding the entrance to their domain (or perhaps waiting for us to let them back in?). A day inside finally means I can sort the latest knits for our shop!
I have been having a lot of fun lately, working with my stash of lett lopi. I have a very strong desire to actually use all of my wool stash before continuing to buy new wool. I love using everything that I have and don’t really like buying anything without a real purpose behind it. I currently have enough wool to make 3 sweaters and several pairs of fingerless mitts/mittens what have you. This winter I will focus on the small bits, some of which have been set aside for several years! I first knit an Icelandic Sweater with Lett Lopi in 2013 and believe I may still have some from this time.
Only a couple of pictures that I have captured over the last couple of days. I am currently looking at 2 weeks before my next shift in the library (unless I am called in) and Jamie gets 10 days off from his work for the holidays! I am definitely feeling like hibernating while simultaneously desperately wishing for snow to play in. Jamie and I are getting snow shoes for eachother for Yule so we can continue to walk our favourite trails despite the amount of snow we usually receive in the deep winter.
I have a lot of tiny knitting projects planned. My wordpress account is almost at the full capacity for storage space so I will be changing my account to a ‘business account’ soon (unlimited space) so I hope to raise the funds to support this little website with my knits. I hope i can come up with some wee special mitts, etc. I will be busy sitting by this fire, thinking up colour combinations with the remaining lopi 🙂
Hope you are all well, we are nearly at the solstice to welcome the lighter half of the year! So much hope.
As a farewell parting gift, A beautiful Scandinavian Folk song for you:
I wanted to share a few pictures of the latest Pangur Bán sweater. I have it all ready to be shipped off to California but wanted to document it as much as possible! It’s a funny thing, dedicating countless hours to knitting a garment and then shipping them off to their new homes – you so often forget about things that you have knitted! Instagram has been good in a lot of ways to go back and remember different things that I’ve made in the past, however I find blogging about it just a wee bit more personal. And I don’t feel like there are these silly rules about how many pictures I can post 😀
You can see the wool (Léttlopi) I used on the Alafoss Website. The main colour is hazel heather and the contrasting colours are beige, black heather, oatmeal heather. I guess I didn’t take too many pictures of the process, so I hope you enjoy the few that I did 🙂
And so, without further ado, here are some photos of my latest handknit sweater (you can read more about the design of this sweater in one of my first posts!).
Off she goes today! I am being swamped at home right now with chores upon chores to do before we catch our flight in Halifax this Friday. I can hardly believe that in a week’s time, we will be driving on the left side of the road and in the country of my ancestors. I have a lot to share with you all before we go and will likely afterwards as well! We have had a lot of rain which has made the PEI country side so lush and wonderful. It’s hard not to be happy in the midst of all the green and warmth! Especially when hiking in the mountains on the other side of the Atlantic is just before us!
I am on the fence currently about bringing any knitting on the trip. For some reason, I am hesitant to bring knitting needles on the plane – I have read that it should be fine, but I remember once I had my knitting in my bag when a friend and myself went on a tour of the Parliament Buildings (just for fun one random afternoon when I lived in Ottawa) and they took my knitting from me and sealed it in a bag! I may go scout out some wooden circular needles tonight (cross fingers that such thing exists in PEI!). I do hope to, we have a 5 hour lay over in St. John’s and a long plane ride which I will be incapable of getting any rest >.<
Anyhow, my family is coming tomorrow to house sit for us and I have SO much to do before! Getting very excited! I may be very stereotypical and post a packing for Ireland blog, if I have time!!!