I, like so many knitaholics, knit year round. When the mercury rises in the middle of the summer, I start to knit accessories (and a few sweaters that I can knit quickly) slated for autumn and winter family birthdays and as holiday presents. The knit accessories are wonderful stash busters!
First, finding some 20+ year old machine washable Norwegian wool yarn in my stash, I pulled out my dying supplies and, sweating in a steamy kitchen, soon had four dye pots bubbling. The yarns turned into four of Rebecca Marsh’s Pineapple Stacks hats black, blue, pink and purple.
I found a skein of unlabeled fiber that I remembered being a cotton blended with a dash of cashmere. I asked Thor to tuck the skein under his cuff to see if he reacted; he did not! So I guestimated (correctly, as it turned out), and knit a simple tight cap.
It fits Thor perfectly, and it has become his favorite hat to wear when it’s cool but not cold.
After five hats, I turned to other small projects.
I had a couple of skeins of tightly twisted sock yarn by (Schachenmayer Regia Design Line 4-ply), so I knit a pair of Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Classics. The yarn, of course, wasn’t exactly soft and comfy, but I think these Turkish bed socks will be very durable.
After Regia, I want to sink my fingers into something luxurious. So I pulled out a lovely deep mauve of 70%/30% Merino Possum (8 ply) by Utica Yarn (100g=220m), courtesy of designer Wei Siew Leong of KiwiYarns Knits. I liked the simplicity (set off by a few rows of K/P ribbing), of her Easiest Wrist Warmer Gloves so quickly knit a pair. I tried them on and was immediately loathe to part with them. I think they bring out the mauve in the purplish sweater I am wearing in the picture. And the yarn feels so good. It was with great reluctance that I took them off and returned them to the gift pile.
With Merino Possum remaining in the skein, I knit a pair of matching bedroom slippers using Drops 111-29 pattern. They too went into my gift pile with great difficulty. The yarn is so luxurious I didn’t want to take them off my feet!