Time really flies when you’re not paying attention. While I’ve been busy knitting, the month of October came to its inevitable end.
Earlier in October, my friend Victoria and I visited a new yarn shop in our community. It’s a yarn shop / cafe, and really, could there be a better combination for me? Yarn and coffee? Hello! While there, I spent far too much money on yarn, including a fantastic thrummed mitten kit from Fleece Artist. It was 125g of yarn and 60g of roving which will end up being a Christmas gift. I really disliked the last thrummed pattern I used, largely because I really didn’t like the afterthought thumb, so I gave the Family Thrummed Mittens by Catherine Vardy/Briggs and Little a try. I was a little annoyed that before I bought there was no indication on Ravelry if it was a gusseted pattern or not; I love that Ravelry users can suggest edits to patterns as it is now tagged with ‘gusset’ 🙂
Is there anything happier looking than the inside of a thrummed mitt?
This past weekend, I also made progress with my Weekender (by Andrea Mowry) sweater. I got to a point a few weeks back where I needed to start short rows for shoulder shaping, and so it sat idle at the bottom of my bag. This weekend, however, I got the front panel finished and am starting the back! Hopefully, I can have this off my needles sooner rather than later because we really are getting into sweater season!
I also received a lovely shipment of yarn from Biscotte Yarns. God I love their yarns. I’ve bought a lot from them this month, between one skein at the yarn shop/cafe and then the online order. Hudson’s Memories was purchased in person, and I’ve been lusting over this colourway for quite some time. I have no idea what it will grow up to be but I love this yarn.
From the online order, I got their Wizard Sock kit in the ‘badger’ colourway, as any good Hufflepuff would, and I bought their coffee mug kit with Mon Pays C’est L’Hiver colourway. In googling to find the translation, (which is roughly is ‘My Homeland is Winter), I learned that this is actually a common saying from a Quebecois folk song expressing nationalism, solidarity and connection to the northern landscape.
I had leftover Bis Sock in ‘Pink and Purr’ which I bought when I was in Montreal, so that knit up VERY quickly to become my new mug insert. LOVE it.
Once again, a delightful combination of coffee and yarn. Be still my heart.