Brioche and the Winter Blast

Jan 08

One week into 2018 and I have my first FO!

Brioche is a technique that I have long admired but never tried. In a Facebook group, other knitters suggested pattern ideas for a first brioche project. I grabbed a ball of yarn that hadn’t been returned to the stash yet and just went for it using the Drejø patternWhat do you know, it’s not that hard! My gauge and yarn choice are off for that particular project, so I’m not going to continue it but the bit I started gave me enough confidence to get going on a project I really wanted to start.

#makenine2018 Project 1

Nutmegknitter Chromatic Cowl

I purchased the Chromatic Cowl kit at Vogue Knitting Live a few years back. How can you resist squishy fabric and rainbows? I cast on January 1st and finished within the week! Mostly I worked on this project in the evenings. The lamplight didn’t accurately show the colors, so it was a treat to look at it in natural light and see the gorgeous gradient. While it has gone straight from cast-off to cowl-to-wear, there is quite a bit of bias. I could and might block it, but honestly, I would rather just wear the cowl!

It’s cold!

Layered up

The weather this past week has been crazy cold, what with the Bombogenesis and all. I think we’ll be back to normal temperatures towards the end of this week. I signed up to walk or run a mile outside each day in January in the Race Cancer Winter Challenge so I have been layered up. I wish more of my layers were wools and handknits, but it’s hard to beat the lightweight warmth of polar fleece. I did use my Thames Street Mittens, previously felted when worn shoveling in a winter storm, and they were wonderful.

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Dec 28

Let’s face facts:

  • My stash is certainly healthy and likely SABLE-status (that stands for Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy. It will take years to knit or crochet it all.)
  • My Ravelry queue is 54 pages long. That’s over 1600 projects I have noticed and thought “Yeah, I’d like to make that.”
  • Yarn and crafts are part of my day job, which only further enables me!
  • There’s real-life stuff that needs attention.

There’s no shortage of items I would like to make. I have invested in a lovely stash so there really isn’t a shortage of supplies. What I do seem to be short on is time! Maybe that’s why the #2018MakeNine is so appealing to me. Surely I can focus my attention on 9 projects, right?

Here’s what I’m thinking*:

Nutmegknitter's 2018MakeNine

  1. Love All Ways Cowl using a Good Karma Yarn mini kit from Rhinebeck, 2016.
  2. So Faded Sweater using MadTosh DK Twist “Snake Fade” – Christmas yarn, thank you to my awesome hubby!
  3. Grand Forks Pullover in Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair
  4. White Russian with the Fox Hill Farm Cormo, also from Rhinebeck, 2016.
  5. Yukon River Stockings in Wendy Traditional Aran
  6. Chromatic Cowl Kit from VKLive 2016
  7. Movie Night Cocoon Cardi (crochet) in Mirasol Illaris
  8. Finish the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Kits I started – Once Upon a Time
  9. Finish the Wild Olive Out in Nature stitch project.

*It goes without saying that these are likely to change on any given whim I have, a yarn I see, yarnathon challenges, random knitalongs that cross my social channels and distract me.



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