There Will be Mittens

Next week Shawn and I are going away to Cuba for a winter vacation! Neither of us have been to a warm place in the winter before and are very excited. Of course winter in Winnipeg (-40 two nights ago) is very, very cold, so it goes without saying that this will be a wonderful break in the cold.

I’ve been prepping the knitting I will bring along and it looks like right now it will be some basic mittens. I honestly don’t end up knitting much while on holiday, but I do really enjoy knitting en route as it helps me forget we are hurtling through the sky in a metal cylinder. I may also pack another project for the trip, a shawl perhaps, we’ll see.

These mittens are in KnitPicks discontinued line of sock yarn called Felici in Building Blocks.

Felici Mittens
Felici Mittens

Blue Sky Alpaca – I won? I won!

Back in December I won a giveaway hosted on Hunter Hammersen’s blog Violently Domestic. Hunter was featuring one of her new shawl patterns called Sinopia, published in her then forthcoming book Curls. I’ve entered many a giveaway on knitting blogs and this was the first time I won. A truly generous giveaway, I received two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas – Alpaca Silk in the crabapple colourway. Also included was one of their Pretty Cheep project bags.

I am not certain just yet, but I feel compelled to knit my very own Sinopia with this beautifully soft, burnt red/orange yarn.

Blue Sky Alpacas
Blue Sky Alpacas – Alpaca Silk yarn & project bag

FO: Latissa

Its been a while, but not for a lack of knitting. My summer/fall knitting time was spent working on a couple of hats for my mother-in-law. I was so sure these were going to knit up quickly, but that wasn’t true for either item.

This slouchy hat pattern is called Latissa, it uses a bulky yarn, hence my thinking it would be quick. Ultimately I found the P3tog to be a bit tricky with the bulky yarn and it slowed me down. Regardless, I am very happy with the way it turned out. This one went to my mother-in-law, but I am so pleased with the results I am going to make one for myself.

Latissa hat pattern by Jenn Hustad
Yarn: Lion Brand’s Unique in Jewel colourway

I used Lion Brand’s Unique yarn in the Jewel colour way. Its a 100% acrylic yarn, and so so pretty.

The other hat I knit up was Oopsie Daisy Diagonal Hat, also knitt for my mother-in-law. I used a slightly thicker yarn for this hat than the pattern called for, so I reduced the cast on stitches, but it still turned out a little too big. Unfortunately, I just have one en process and slightly blurry pic to share. I wish I had taken one with it atop my head before gifting it :(

Oopsie Daisy Diagonal Hat
Oopsie Daisy Diagonal Hat by Gretchen Tracy