It’s cold outside, and my body is definitely starting to slow down. I can still go and do things – take walks, go to the store, whatever, but I find myself needing to rest more in-between or else I’m pooped for a couple of hours. With all the extra chill time I’ve become quite a little knitting machine.
I found this cowl last summer and immediately told myself it would be a fun one to experiment with doing some color work since I haven’t been brave enough to try. Well, six months after buying the yarn and proper needles, I can say it’s finally done!!! Ahh. Getting through the first all-white section was the worst, but once I started playing with the colors, it was fun to watch grow (turns out color work isn’t as bad as I thought it’d be!). And, I’m really pleased with how it turned out (sorry for the face…).
Also, to boost my motivation to get that dang cowl done, I needed to knit something for baby boy. I have been dying to use these super soft alpaca wool scrap pieces I had which I thought would make a perfectly cozy hat for a newborn in the north. This pattern seemed precious to me (except the top loop; that I don’t like – too much like an acorn, so I modified) and I just decided to go for it. Goodness! Baby things knit up so much more quickly than full human sized things! Finishing this little hat was definitely the motivation I needed. Technically, I think I still need to sew in a few more ends, but pshhhh. Look how cute!!!
In other crafty news, Matt and I found these twelve pane windows for a steal. Only $15 each! The plan is to refurbish them, and then sell them. Looking at eBay, I think we have a chance of making quite a profit; I just hope I don’t end up liking them too much!!
We also came across what we deemed as our Wisconsin souvenir. The Urban Wood Lab takes trees being chopped down in the Milwaukee area for non-lumber purposes and, rather than turning them into mulch, creates something beautiful. We found this lovely slab of walnut we’ll one day turn into a side table or fireplace mantle. One day… I have a feeling we’ll just be hauling back a lot of things to Texas to deal with once we get there…
Hope Lent is going well for everyone! I’ll be sharing some thoughts on one of the books I’ve been reading soon :)