Despite my questionable embroidery skills on his face, I find sock yarn monkeys charming.
Pattern: A New Sock Monkey
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Jellybean
I was cleaning up my Ravelry projects (as I do every January despite resolutions to finish project pages when projects are finished) and realized that I hadn’t closed my Old Shale Scarf page even though I’d been wearing it for quite a while. A quick look through my Instagram showed I had indeed been knitting on it last spring:
The colour is “Orange Blossom Special” in Fiber Seed Sprout that I purchased on vacation a couple of years ago. The colours definitely remind me of Florida which is a nice pick me up on these cold January days. I seem to recall doing a little repair job while on vacation last year, but I think I mostly enjoyed the knit, because I must have finished it not long after I arrived home.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with temperature blankets and scarves for a while now. I love the idea of documenting the year a day at a time. Maybe it was the euphoria over actually accomplishing my Christmas ornament a day project or maybe it’s that this cold snap is making me slightly crazier, but when a friend shared a link to this scarf it peaked my interest. To be honest, the thought of weaving in 730 (365×2) ends gives me shivers and that’s not just the cold talking. I loved this alternative of incorporating them into the project.
I dug into my stash and came out with some colours that I think will work:
I have more of each colour other than the orange, yellow, and dark blue, so hopefully there will be enough to carry through.
I’m going to alternate between seed stitch and garter stitch for each month, starting with seed stitch for January. While there’s some temperature fluctuations over the coming days, for now, it’s purply-purple cold.