Daily Color: “The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” –Henry Beston
This week illustrates the fickleness of autumn: warm days with temperatures reaching toward 80 degrees; transitional days of wind and rain; and for the coming weekend, cool, damp days that will be warmed by the glow of our woodstove.
I've had the sniffles, and so I've spent a couple of quiet days drinking tea and knitting a new wrap. I usually knit with fine yarn and small needles, but this time I opted for bulky and superbulky yarns given to me by a friend who was clearing out her yarns before moving. She had some great colors of Colinette Point 5 and Mohair, among other things.
I grabbed some compatible odds and ends from my own stash, mostly Lamb's Pride Worsted and Bulky (I ended up with about 15 different yarns in all), picked up my US size 15 circular needles, and cast on 120 stitches. Working lengthwise, I cut the yarn and the end of every row, leaving a nice long tail. Then, I knotted that tail with the tail of yarn for the next row, either the same yarn or a different one, to form the fringe. The entire wrap is worked in garter stitch, two rows per each yarn, striped randomly.
It is soft, bouncy, thick, nubbly, colorful, and warm as toast!