Now that we're well into February, I thought I better update what was on, then off the needles in January.
First of all, I finished the Abalone cardigan for a friend, an Alice Starmore design knit with the original Campion colors in Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift. It took almost an entire calendar year to finish but I am not at all good about sticking to one project, so it had to wait it's turn.
Here she is wearing it, although we still need to get the closures which are on order. She wanted small Nordic clasps rather than buttons. That was great news for me since I really dislike knitting buttonholes!
If it did take slightly over a year, at least she is very happy with it.
I'm also in the process of knitting another Alice Starmore stranded sweater for another friend.
Although this photo, just shows the beginnings of it, it is actually all finished but for one sleeve.
To break up the repetitiveness of knitting only stranded items, I'm also working on an Alice Starmore Aran design for my husband. It was supposed to be a Christmas present... then a Valentine's present... maybe I'll be able to make it by Easter! Although this shows the front being worked on, all the pieces except the upper back are finished now.
Sometimes the length of time it takes to finish such large projects as sweaters is a little discouraging, so I took a break for a week to knit a cowl from some luxurious qiviut (musk ox fiber) which my son purchased for me while a student at University of Alaska, Fairbanks, from their large animal projects.
It must sound like all I do is knit, but actually, while I do a lot of other activities, knitting lends itself to photo blogs the best of all my activities.