After what seemed like a long time, knitting is fun again. May be because I've finished all my commitments for other people and I could cast on for myself...more on that later.
I finished the fingerless mitts on commission. I had to knit 3 black/gray mitts to get 2 that were acceptable together, then ripped out the odd mitt and used it to knit the thumbs for the 2 fraternal twin mitts. I was going to deliver them to the buyer but the Twin Cities got a huge ice storm Saturday night which turned the streets, sidewalks and freeways into ice rinks. So the van stayed home all day Sunday and I was able to indulge myself.
I spent the day spinning and knitting. I cast on a scarf from a new book I recently got, Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. I LOVE this book. Now it may be because I have um just a few skeins of sock yarn in my stash. But the patterns in the book are very diverse and fun. I'm making a scarf called the Lettuce Slide Scarf. It is a simple pattern but fun all at the same time. And to add to my delight, I'm using my handspun. I realized I had not made anything from my own handspun for me. I've made things from my handspun, just not for me. So I took a recent spin that is comprised of BFL and 25% silk and created this.
It doesn't look like much, but it feels wonderful and I know I will use and enjoy the scarf during our long winter months. I also decided that I'm not knitting many Christmas gifts this year. What I am knitting cracks me up. I've given my mom Christmas socks for probably 3 years now. She loves her handknit socks. But this year I decided to mix it up a bit, I sent to the UK and got a kit for this. Stop laughing. It is cute. But then I think pugs are cute.