I started a new knitting project this week.
The pattern is called Drachenfels, by Melanie Berg, and it is a simple knit, increasing on one edge while decreasing on the other, creating a sideways triangle. I just have to remember not to do the decrease every 6th row, and other than that it is pretty mindless knitting, so I can keep reading or talking or watching TV or all of those in various combinations while it grows.
Three yarns are all really different from each other in texture and content. The dark cone yarn is a marked two ply wool in two different browns. The dirty white coned yarn is a raw silk, very nubby and splitty. The golden brown is Madeline Tosh merino light, a soft luminous yarn – Tosh merino light is one of my all time favorites to knit with.
I’m trying hard to knit from my stash, both as a money saver (though I just spend it all on fabric instead, so it is net neutral in the long run) and to reduce the sheer volume of stuff in my craft storage. These three yarns wouldn’t normally go into the same project, but it seems to be working so far.
I was a knitter long before I started quilting, and though larger blocks of time are usually given to quilting, the portability of knitting can’t be replaced. If I sit too long without having needles in my hands my fingers get itchy.
We also got our tree up this week, so I can knit in the glow of the colorful lights, with the Hanukkiah candles also adding in their flickers.
Those are my sons, post decorating the tree, and pre-redecorating it after the cat tried to climb it and pulled the whole thing over. Sigh for my Swarovski snowflake ornaments. We also went with two Hanukkiahs this year as it cuts down on the candle lighting arguments.