Monday, February 3, 2014

Battling Winter

 
Hello Dear Friends!
 
Winter is still thriving here, as it is in much of the country.  As a knitter, I love the romantic idea of winter...dreaming of warm, woolly handknits to protect against the chill.  Sitting inside where it's cozy with my needles, while the snow falls outside my window.  But the reality of facing the frigid temps is a different story.  I'd stay inside and avoid them if I could.  But, I have to venture out early every morning to take the kiddos to school.
 
I searched Ravelry and then dug into my stash.  And then spent my week making two pairs of warm and woolly cabled mittens to wear on those cold mornings.  These mittens were exactly the sort of project I needed.  Quick, useful and oh, so lovely!

 
Skinny Mittens
pattern: Skinny Fit Mittens by Andrea Black
yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool
 

 
Cruiser
pattern: Cruiser by Cailyn Meyer
yarn: Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed Homespun (Vintage)
 
 
We've been having snow every few days.  Big, beautiful soft flakes floating in the air, and fast, small flakes pouring from the sky.  And the way it all clings and coats the trees is breathtaking.  And then in between it all, sunshine and melting and then the next round of snow and ice.  So my next battle plan was casting on some very simple stripey socks.  The sun may be shining, but don't let it fool you, it was cold!!!

 
 
Winter's Cure
pattern: plain vanilla socks w/ picot edge
yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sport Self Striping
 
Spring is still several months away, so I'm still arming myself with needles and yarn!

17 comments:

diamondc said...

Beautiful mittens, love the colors, we have had our share of bad weather here in Minnesota I think I am tired of it.
Stay warm and knit on.

Catherine

Julianne said...

Beautiful knitting. The cable on the mittens is so pretty! Thanks for sharing and stay warm😃

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Pretty mittens, I truly love the brown ones! I prefer mittens myself, and they are hard to find in stores. If I were knitty I'd knit myself a pair ;)

Hege said...

Beautiful mittens!
I really love the brown pair.

Tracey said...

Gorgeous mittens, Staci!... they are truly a work of art. So happy to be reading your posts again :D

Shirley said...

Hi, Just noticed you are back blogging again, I still have you in my favourites. Sometimes it is good to take a break and come back when you feel the need so it doesn't become a chore. Love your cosy projects.
Shirley

Solstitches said...

What better pastime than knitting when it's cold out.
The mitts looks thick and cosy and the socks are very pretty - love the yarn.
Margaret

Annie said...

So snuggly! Hand-knit mittens are the best. I'm in hat-knitting mode at the moment... they never fit me, but I love the process! ;-)

Sharon said...

Those mittens are gorgeous!

valerie said...

OMG...the socks...the socks are precious! I love the colored striping. And those mittens look super warm. I hope they are doing the job while taking the kids to and fro in the cold.

Carol said...

What super looking mittens, Stacy! Really special :)

I'm sure your Colorado winters are lovely! Stay warm now...

JillMN said...

Hi Staci! Glad to see you back in blogland. I have been kind of a stranger myself but am trying to get back in the groove. I love your knitting projects. I especially like the green ones. I am going to scope out that pattern. Thanks for sharing and stay warm!

Andrea said...

Lovely mittens and socks. Stay safe and warm.

Melanie said...

Nothing better than new mittens and socks knitted up to combat this snowy, cold winter!

Brigitte said...

I'm sure you won't get cold hands wearing these mittens. They look gorgeous.

Julie said...

Such nice mittens to keep your hands nice and warm on your outings in the snow.
Loving the new socks too.

Neuroknitter said...

The mittens are lovely, but I'm totally smitten with the picot edged socks!! Looks like you'll be warm and toasty in your woolies! :)