I hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Christmas, and you are enjoying some time off to rest. I also want to say thank you for your comments to my post about shelters. Hopefully they all received as wonderful a response as this one.
After searching in vain locally for the La Boheme Rainforest yarn I wanted, I finally called the store where I first saw it and ordered their one skein. For some reason, this particular dyelot looks very different from the skeins I saw for sale online. The greens and magenta are more fiery, and the brown is a copper instead of a tan-ginger. If you happen to see this particular dyelot at your LYS or know of someone selling a skein, please let me know.
Wendy surprised me with a lovely Christmas package. I love the oceany colors of the yarn and purse, and the smores ornament is so cute! She also included a cat toy, which Rosie hid before I could get it in the photo. I've never seen or knitted with the Cider Moon before, so this will be a treat. Thank you!
Back in the summer, I bought nine of skeins of DiVe Teseo to make a triangle shawl, something simple to throw on when I'm home and freezing cold. After searching through a bunch of patterns, not finding anything quite right, I decided to do a rectangular Gossamer Wrap from Australia's Creative Knitting magazine. [Does anyone know if this is still being published?]. This yarn is much heavier than the Colinette Mohair in the pattern, so the gossamer effect is lost, but I think the yarnovers help to soften the striping. I was hoping to break up the stripes altogether, but I'm not sure that's possible with this yarn, definitely not with stockinette stitch. The finished shawl should be about 30" x 90" minus fringe.
This is the first of 8 skeins; I just started the second ball. Great car/TV knitting!
Tim finally came downstairs mid-December, after his self-imposed exile upstairs when Rainy and Rosie first came home to live with us. It's nice to have my model back.
What do you think of the new issue of Knitscene? Lots of variations on the Central Park Hoodie (must be their most popular pattern ever). My favorite pattern is the Papillion Top, though I like the Frontier Blues Jacket by Wendy Bernard too. Must finish the winter knits first.
A happy, healthy, and safe new year to everyone!!