Teal dear

My Bella’s Mittens are already off the needles and have been my constant companion on chilly January commutes. (Yes, having decided I’d be taking a break from knitting accessories this winter I promptly cast on some mittens. A smooshy skein of super-chunky Artesano British Wool in a shade of teal that goes perfectly with my tartan coat? Well how could I resist!)

Ah, wool. Fancy fibres and luxury blends are all very well, but when it comes down to it nothing compares to good old-fashioned unadulterated sheep.

SarahLouKnits Bella's Mittens

 

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Hats off

At this time of year I always have an irresistible urge to knit accessories: hats, scarves, arm warmers, leg warmers… you name it. But this winter I think I need to take a break. Why? I just reorganised my wardrobe, and seeing all of them in one place came as a bit of a shock.

In my defence, my hat collection spans at least a decade and a half – and I do still wear them all. Most of them… Sometimes.

There’s the beanie bought for my first Reading festival; a stripy hat taken on a climbing trip with school; the oversized one I wore to play football at uni; a bargain baker boy from Accessorize; my favourite Fair Isle, a Christmas gift from my parents; a slouchy one bought to replace another, moth-eaten slouchy one; a stashbuster knitted on the Eurostar; a quick knit taken on holiday with friends; and the souvenir alpaca from Germany, made into a lacy Lucy in the Sky.

SarahLouKnits Lucy in the Sky

Sorry, Caput Helianthus and all the others in my Ravelry queue, you’re just going to have to wait.

New beginnings

A new start for the new year. Or, at least, a mindful continuation of the old.

My resolutions? Less caffeine. More vegetables. Finish The West Wing. Start Great Expectations. Wrangle the WIPs and frog the unloved. Sing like no one’s listening. Go to bed on time.

Knit only – and I mean only – from stash.

So to begin the year as I mean to go on, my first project of 2015 is a pair of mittens in some gorgeously rugged Artesano British Wool that’s been languishing in my flat for far too long.

The yarn is a bright, beautiful teal colour, and was begging for some chunky cables to set it off. I chose Bella’s Mittens, and they’re knitting up like a dream.

SarahLouKnits Bella's Mittens