A New Year with knitting

Say hello!

At last – a modelled shot of The Girl in her Stovetop hat!  Except… this is Stovetop Version 2.  She lost the first one on a London bus. Sob!  So if you see someone else wearing a hat that looks just like this, refer them to me, please.

Say goodbye

You may remember I was knitting an Advent Scarf?
Not any more.  I love the yarn I was using and it deserves to become a happier project. (Another Thistle Scarf?)  I was making too many mistakes.  So I ripped it out.

Instead, I devoted myself to a new sock:  Thornfield by Rachel Coopey. 
I am using a hand-dyed charcoal grey yarn from The Knitting Goddess that is shot with purple.  Deeply gothic.

 
And just as soon as the first clue was released, on New Year’s day, I set to work on my Torirot Mystery Mittens.
I am using JC Rennie supersoft lambswool from my stash of mini-balls (from Wee County yarns).
I have knitted both cuffs and now I am waiting for Clue Number Two, when two other colours are introduced:  dark grey and a light cornflower blue.
With bells on

The second of January was The Boy’s 21st birthday – woo hoo!
Here he is, testing out the bells on his tea cosy.
It’s not every man who gets a teapot for his 21st.
We “did Christmas” on his birthday, as it felt like the most important celebration.

Both kids headed south again today.
It is suddenly very quiet again.
So the postie was especially welcome this morning, bringing me a new distraction in the shape of my first Knitting Goddess / Rachel Coopey sock club package – yay!
I am guessing that the colorway Wolf is inspired by Red Riding Hood?  The matching pattern is called Arnulf and is a suitably man-friendly design which I can’t wait to cast on.  Dare I have two pairs of socks on the go at the same time? Oh yes!

I also popped to the library for some fairytale-inspired reading.  After powering through The Goldfinch in the space of three days and almost losing my grip with reality in the process, I needed something absolutely fictional.  I have never heard of these books before:  I was seduced by the cover art.  Tsk!