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Year of the Ent

A bug that has been nagging at me especially as I knit sweaters this past year is the idea of designing some items.  My current pile of notes is full of ideas, half drawn sketches and charts, and of course the easiest thing to buy the yarn.  

Looking at this yarn, a sweater’s quantity of the String Thing studio colorway from Asylum Fibers. The sweater I want?  A holiday-ish sweater with a tree cabled on it. Why holiday-ish? While the colors can make you think holiday, my main thought was that the tree would be the White Tree of Gondor, possibly flanked by the arc entrance to the Mines of Moria.

How much work have I done designing this sweater I have yarn and an Idea for? For over a year? Well I wound the yarn? That’s a step right? In my grand scheme for 12 sweaters last year this was one of them.

Designing and knitting a sweater in about a month…what could go wrong? I’ve designed whole cowls before…

But as I think about the knitting milestones I want to hit this year, maybe the answer is not an excessive number of sweaters, but instead the ones that kept getting pushed back in line during 2018 because there is no way it could be finished in a month.

In the same way that while I made a couple fingering weight sweaters, the wildly cabled and complicated ones that I wanted to make were also pushed back because there was no way I could possibly finish one in a month where I might have three hours of knitting time across a week.

So maybe 2019 will be the year of the long stuff. Longer to think about, longer to make, longer in stash. Hashtag  #yearofthent.

“You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.” 

Mittens vs. Gloves vs. Arm Warmers

Mittens, gloves, fingerless gloves/arm Warmers, so many options, so much winter.

I have cold hands I’m the best of weather and I’m a commuter. So I tend to need fingers and dexterity as well as having warmth. Trying to pull out a metro cad with half frozen fingers or gloves on are not a way to endear you to everyone else trying to get through the turnstile.

I need a balance.   And with everything else my balance comes in layers. I tended this year to wear fingerless gloves under full gloves. Actual mittens have never quite worked for me, granted I have never knit myself a pair. I have made flip top mittens, but I tended to keep the top in the flipped position and it wasn’t the best for actually keeping me warm.

Right now I have a set of arm warmers in Madeline tosh worsted tart. I have a pair of fingerless gloves, made of Zealana the merino possum mix and a pair of gloves knit of what I believe is Art Yarns. My usual combination are the art yarn gloves with the Zelana beneath that. One blistering day 11 degrees or some such horror  threw in the worsted and wished I could stay home with the cat instead. Sadly not all of us get to stay home all day and find comfort sitting on blocking shaws and hopping in boxes.

So maybe this will be the year I try mittens or flip tops again.  I do have all that sock yarn I will never be making socks with at this rate.