Happy new year! Mine is starting with knitting starts and stops, about which I shall blog very soon, but not today. Time is short and so is the above-pictured set of FO's, all destined for the current afghans For Afghans drive which will wrap up later this month. The mittens were once again the perfect opportunity to destash some odd skeins of worsted weight wool; the variegated dark green/red is the very last of an impulse buy that was wrong, wrong, wrong in so many ways. I almost felt like uncorking a bottle of champagne when I used up the very last few yards for the 4th mitten's thumb. High contrast variegated yarns and I have finally concluded our misguided love affair. As a knitter I embrace my new maturity. By making cozy mittens, I bid farewell to this wool with no bitterness and the satisfaction that it all turned out for the best. Personally, I find that the busy-ness of the colors which was frustrating when I attempted a sweater works rather well on a small surface. It makes the wool appear even warmer than it actually is, no?
The socks were the result of an interesting experiment: I had about two thirds of a (big) skein of Miss Babs sock yarn left; not enough for a full pair. Then I unearthed a skein of brown laceweight alpaca, and not only was my yardage problem solved, but the resulting socks (knitted on a #2 circular) are softer, warmer, cozier all around. Something to remember for all those not quite complete skeins of sock yarn, not to mention the unloved lace yarn from back when my eyes were sharper and my lace-knitting ambitions, higher.