January is a good month for hunkering down and getting on with some serious stitchery. Time to put the hours in to those projects where you’re well past the ‘Ooh, this is new and fun’ stage and on to the ‘Only another eleventy thousand purls to go and I’ll have finished the left sleeve cuff’ stage. Speaking of which, I’ve finally, finally finished my ‘Thermal‘, which is a good thing because right now, it’s all that stands between me and acute hypothermia. Look at that ice-cold background behind me:-
(By the way, a lot of people ask about the pocket watch pendant, assuming it’s a valuable antique. Err, it’s really not, it’s here. But the only person who knows how to set the time correctly is our ward clerk at work.)
The camera strap is my own free design: see here if you want to make one.
Anyway, January. A bit of a rubbish month in my humble opinion: none of the parties and sparkly lights of December, and none of the signs of spring you see in March
except when unseasonal daffodils start appearing right after Christmas, but I’ve already blogged about that. So people are busy knitting. My Mum is knitting a twiddlemuff for a friend’s wife who has advanced dementia. These muffs are supposed to be varied in colour and texture with lots of different buttons/ribbons/bobbles/tufts/loops/anything, to provide sensory stimulation for people with dementia. A very clever idea, and a perfect project for eating up random bits of yarn. When my big crochet project is done, I think I’ll make one too. Dementia wards are generally happy to take donations.
I love watching people’s hands at work.
Meanwhile, my lovely friend Gill came to stay on her way home from a conference. (Sneaky blog link included as a way of cruelly pressuring her to resume blogging because I love her blog, especially her photography.) Needless to say, we knitted and drank wine. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. She’s making a gorgeous fairisle jumper:-
Look at this colourwork!
The jumper is this one. It’s worked flat, bottom-up.
…And you can find the pattern in this book, available from Amazon etc:-
The crocheters at Bagalong With Crafternoon Treats are busy too this January. (It’s a closed group, but anyone can request to join.) I’m honoured that they’ve decided to make my cottage bag this month. I’m also slightly nervous, in case they all get frustrated working the fiddly window stitches and end up hating me by the end of the month. I’m on standby, ready to rush round to all their houses with emergency gin and sympathy if it all gets too frustrating. They do seem like a very friendly, encouraging group, though, if you’re looking for something to join.
Finally, a tip from the fabulous Selma that I’ve shamelessly copied: you know that naked Christmas tree that’s now sitting forlorn outside, waiting to be chopped up or recycled? Well its branches do make very good kindling for the fire:-
So whatever January projects you’re working on, have fun. And stay warm.