As I write this, the current temperature in Milwaukee is -7°F (-22°C), with a windchill of -31°F (-35°C). The word “cold” doesn’t really cut it! Luckily, I live in a house and our energy tab is paid up, so I haven’t really had to experience it much yet…just the short trip from the house to a warm car, and from said warm car to my place of work. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for those who are much less fortunate that I. 😦
Winter always gets me back in the knitting mood, mostly because I get the gratification of wearing the finished results just about as soon as they are completed. I don’t just knit garter stitch scarves either; I’m the real deal! I do knit scarves and cowls, but I have also made mittens, gloves, hats, stuffed toys, and my personal favorite, sweaters. I’m actually wearing one of my handmade sweaters today. It’s knit up in a super soft and warm baby alpaca.
If you are curious, the pattern I used for this sweater is Hannah Fettig’s Lightweight Pullover. This was the first successful sweater I ever made! It’s been finished for a few years now, but the style is timeless and the yarn I chose is wearing really well (i.e. not really at all).
Knitting up this sweater is what convinced I could start making patterns of my own. So far, I have concocted three patterns: one infinity scarf, one cowl, and one hat. You can find them all for sale on Ravelry, but if you really want to check them out, please feel free to use the direct links for each below.
Fantasia Infinity Scarf
Isabella Neck Warmer
Giana Slouchy Beret
I am also excited to announce that I’ve started working on my very first original sweater pattern! I’ve knit enough of them now that I have the general construction methods down pat, so I figure it’s time to strike out on my own. It’s a pullover with a short collar and button placket. There will also be a small amount of twisted rib, which I love. I’m working on the prototype now; as long as the initial measurements work out for my size (the smallest), I should be able to make the proper calculations for the remaining sizes. I can’t wait to show it to you!
I hope you are warm and cozy!
P.S. If you’d like to be my friend on Ravelry, my user ID is lapiumabella! 🙂
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