Remember a few days ago when I said I had too many projects on the go and I wanted to finish one? I’ve finally managed it – and I’ve now got a lovely pair of wrist warmers to keep me toasty for the rest of the winter.
At Christmas, we went on our honeymoon to New York City – and high on my list of things to do was to check out at least one yarn shop in the city. Before we went, I’d knitted my husband a scarf using a pattern from the Purl Bee blog and when I realised the blog was linked to a shop, I decided that would be the place to go.
So before we travelled, I chose two other patterns from the Purl Bee blog and made a list of the yarn I’d need to buy in the shop, Purl Soho. I knew there’d be such a huge choice of new and exciting yarns that I’d be better off knowing what I was looking for rather than browsing aimlessly (and I think my husband was grateful for it!). Here’s what I came away with:
I liked the idea of making a couple of things that would always remind me of my honeymoon and that I would wear a lot. So it’s lovely to finally have one of them finished.
The pattern I’ve just finished was for Colorblock Hand Warmers and it involved knitting with fine yarn using double-pointed needles. This was a first for me and took a fair bit of getting used to – at first there seemed to be points sticking out everywhere, and it was really fiddly. But as with most things craft-wise, it just took practise.
Here’s the finished article (well, one of them – I needed to hold the camera with the other hand):
I am notoriously cold-blooded, and am always shivering at work – so today I took these along for the first time and they kept me lovely and warm, especially as they almost reach my elbows.
The next target is to finish my other New York project – this lovely Herringbone Cowl using a nice soft alpaca yarn.