Last night, as the snow came down in soft swirling flakes, I sat on the couch with a cup of tea, watching the cars as they spun their tires trying to go up our hill (and inevitably slide back down). As bad as I felt for those drivers (and I did), I couldn’t help but feel grateful to be tucked up in my house, warm and safe and with no where to go.
Eventually the snow plough came along, salt spraying out the back, and tamed the snow enough for traffic to pass by safely again. But it got me thinking about what a wonderful time of year this is to concentrate on the slower things. The holidays are over, the busy-ness of spring is still a long way off, and everything feels a little like it’s in limbo. What a perfect opportunity to spend a little quiet time at home, focusing on all those warm and woolly pursuits that make us feel grounded and safe while it’s cold and snowy outside.
And in that vein, I’ve got a lovely cup of tea next to me, my knitting nearby, and a lot of great fibery news to share with you. So if you’ve got a nice warm cuppa too, let’s take a look…
Although I always think of January as Selfish Knitting Month, I love the term “hiberknitting” too! Loveknitting.com created this fun quiz to see what type of hiberknitting animal you are. I’m a dormouse — what did you get?
Nothing to do with knitting or crochet at all but I think I need one of these. I mean, I have a full-sized dishwasher in the kitchen but still… I need one!
The beginning of the year is a great time to start anew and if you want to use this time to improve your knitting skills, I love knitting.today’s series to Improve Your Knitting Skills in 30 Days. Even if you’re a great knitter, there’s bound to be something you haven’t tried before (steeking, people, steeking!)
Dates for Your Calendar
The Gradient Explorers: New Spaces Open Jan 26
You’ve seen the latest colourway for the Gradient Explorers and it takes the ever-growing gradient in a whole new direction that the whole team is just swooning over. We open spaces to the Gradient Explorers only when they become available and we have a few spots open at the end of this month so mark your calendar for Friday Jan 26 at noon.
Sweater Sets Shop Update: Feb 2 TBD
It’s sweater weather time! And we do some seriously gorgeous Sweater Sets in gradients that link from one of our regular colourways to another (so it’s dead easy to add extra skeins if you need them!). But we’re low on stock so we are dyeing more this month for a shop update on Feb 2. Set a reminder on your phone!
The weather here in Pittsburgh has been equal parts delightful and frightful. Delightful because the snow has been beautiful, and frightful because the temperatures keep dropping so quickly that the snow-slush turns to ice faster than the snow ploughs and salt trucks can make the roads safe. The result is a lot of focus on home, and that really shows in all three of the Anna Ravenscroft patterns that jumped out at me this week. What better time than January to make home a little cozier?
Optical cushion cover by anna ravenscroft
Simple as they may be, throw cushions are probably one of the easiest and best ways to add a touch of hand-knitted warmth to a house — perfect for showing of bold colour (without a huge commitment) and intriguing stitch patterns. Knit in either SpaceCadet Astrid (DK) or Lyra (sport), I’d love to see this pattern worked up in soft tones (try Dark Skies with Sliver and Plume) or in wild colours (combine Troublemaker with Gobsmack and How Dare You!).
Double Pom Tea cozy by anna ravenscroft
I drink a lot of tea and, on cold and snowy days, I drink even more. So a tea cosy to keep the warm and steamy is essential. And sweet details like that double pom-pom make this one irresistable!
Breakwater placemats by anna ravenscroft
And just to round out the cozy house, I love these simple placemats to dress up the dining table with handknits as well! Designed in reversible stitch so they lie perfectly flat, I think the wrong side is as pretty as the right!
all pattern images ©Anna Ravenscroft, used with permission
Two quick projects I want to share with you before I go…
Andrea knit her Adventurous Wrap with SpaceCadet Mini-Skeins and I love how it came out. Talk about living up to the pattern name!
Rebecca made these two beautiful hats by striping the colourways from our October SpaceMonster Club parcel, and I think they look terrific! She’s made two more as well, and all four are different from the others. Click here to see them and show her beautiful knitting some love!
Ok, that’s it for today. I’ve finished my tea and it’s time I got down to the studio — we’re going to work on some of those new colourways we were playing with last week (keep an eye on my Instagram for process pics!). I hope you have a wonderful day ahead of you too and, until next time, all my best!