The snake scarf is finished! I called it the Sneaky Snake Scarf pattern, and it’s available on Ravelry. I LOVE how he came out, and I think Nathan does, too. His next favorite animal to imitate is the elephant, so I wonder if I have to make one of those now, too?
I’m knitting Encompass by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and am leafing through (trying to savor it, rather than pour over it all at once) The Opinionated Knitter, a collection of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s newsletters from 1958 – 1968. I LOVE it. I just got the book today, so I haven’t even scratched the surface on what she has to offer. I can’t wait to spend more time with it and see what inspirations come my way. Each newsletter starts out, “Dear Knitter”—I can’t articulate why, but I think that’s so great.
Also in the box that came today is fingering weight wool yarn for spillyjane knits’ Cupcake Mittens, wool sock yarn for April’s socks (even though March’s socks haven’t been cast on yet) and sport weight cotton yarn for Nathan’s spring sweater.
This was the first time I bought yarn without a specific pattern in mind (a.k.a., I haven’t designed it yet), and it was a little scary. But I feel more assured now that the yarn’s arrived. Called Green Tea Heather, this springy green is so refreshing to look at after the monotonous, muted tones of winter. I can’t wait to get started on it, even though I want to finish a few other things first. Maybe I’ll just knit a swatch for now.
Elizabeth signed her newsletters with a few different endings, and I really liked this one.