I thought I’d have something finished to show you today, and since I actually finished a really cute baby sweater (still need to take pictured) a week ago and am into the toe decreases of my socks, I really ought to. Instead, I realized that I’d never shown you what I got, knitting-wise, over the holidays, and if I hold out any longer it’ll basically be too late.
I actually wasn’t going to do a gifts post, but then I remembered that I actually love those posts on other people’s blogs (such a great way to find out about new things) and that it’s a great way to say thank you again to the people who came up with these ideas in the first place.
This was a gift from Claudia. It’s an Offhand Designs Scottie bag, and it is gorgeous. It was carry-on when I went to Switzerland, and it fits way more than you’d think (right now its being filled up with an afghan, if that helps for scale).
My sister Jenny is doing most of her masters research in Yellowknife and farther north in the Northwest Territories. These are buttons made of caribou antler that she bought at an art gallery in Yellowknife. I clearly need to knit a classic white-cabled Aran cardigan or something to go with them, don’t you think? They’re 1-inch wide at their widest point.
Another button, this one from my parents and made by a local (to them) potter. It is so, so lovely, and would be perfect for a shawl or a cowl. It’s 1.75-inches wide.
Last but not least, this skein of yarn, also from my parents. It was produced, from sheep to skein (or so I understand it), including the dyeing very near where I grew up. I don’t know what kind of sheep it came from or its yardage (though it weighs 105g and is fingering weight-ish, so I’m guessing 300-350 yards) but it’s soft and rustic and I’m thinking it will become a shawl. Maybe this one. What do you think?
There will be actual knitting on Monday, I promise. Happy weekend!