Ah, another month has flown by. A summary of my February crafty pursuits:
Clearly February was all about accessories!
Gift knitting + cables = good matchI made Tim a pair of Dashing mitts (with added fingers) for Valentine's day - raveled. I'm fairly certain I messed up the cable placement on one of them but honestly, he doesn't mind and so I'm not obsessing about it... much. I made some fairly heavy modifications to the pattern, adding fingers and using a gusset for the thumb. I also made Tim's dad a Habitat hat for his birthday - raveled. I loved the Habitat pattern - it took me a while to get back into the swing of cables, but it was such a well written pattern that it was fun to knit. Both the mitts & the hat were using up leftover Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. That yarn, which definitely has a few issues, is hands down the best yarn for cables that I've ever used. The cables just POP because of how the yarn is constructed.
Two pairs of socks!I finally knit myself a pair of Malabrigo socks, using some yarn I received as a Christmas gift from Tim (the solis colorway, if you're wondering). The sock pattern is the Summer 2008 Sock from Wendy Johnson - raveled - a super simple lace pattern. I'm not terribly fond of how badly the finished knit biases, but the socks fit fine and are perfectly comfortable to wear. I also knit myself a pair of Leyburn socks in some Yarn Pirate merino/tencel yarn - raveled. For the first time ever, I put the in-progress sock on and discovered that it wouldn't fit over my heel. The stitch pattern is incredibly non-stretchy and, when paired with an inherently less stretchy yarn (due to the tencel), there were fit issues. I made some modifications (see description in ravelry) and now they're perfect. Possibly my favorite hand knit socks ever.
Spin, spin, spinI was a spinning fool during February. My wheel and I have finally become good friends :) The blue/brown yarn is some lovely merino from Enchanted Knoll (raveled), spun up in January and turned into a 3-ply using Navajo plying in February. I love love love this yarn. Thinking of appropriate pattern ideas. Perhaps a hat? FYI, Enchanted Knoll has some lovely hand-dyed yarns in addition to fiber. The pink/brown yarn is part of my Wooly Wonders club shipment from A Verb for Keeping Warm (raveled). I love having the opportunity to spin all different kinds of wool fibers from the club. This particular fiber is Finn. The Finn fiber came in two different complementary colors & it's been fun seeing how different club members have spun this yarn. I decided to keep the two colors separate. I'm brewing up a special project involving this yarn plus several other months of club fiber. Not giving away the details yet though!!! I'm currently working my way through some Blue Face Leicester and also some Targhee - no photos yet though.
psRemember this handspun hat & mini-cowl that I finished back in late December/early January? Tim's mom's birthday is also in February, so that was her gift. Not strictly a February craft project, we'll call it a bonus project :)
Next up?March is, of course, Malabrigo March! I'm participating in a month-long KAL with other members of the Malabrigo Junkies group on ravelry. I've got lots of projects planned - probably more than I can possibly finish. Regardless, expect lots of Malabrigo goodness for the month of March. Also, I need to get my sewing room cleaned up a bit - tons of great sewing projects out there, lots of fabric in my fabric stash, just a messy room keeping me from working on it.
Hope February has been a good crafty month for you!