January is hard. Back to work after the Christmas holidays feels like being hit by a brick wall of stress-causing elements. The cozy hibernation of two weeks off quickly gives way to the frenetic pace of school in 'report card season'... My knitting in December was fast but with a feeling of accomplishment.
January started with lots of plans and lots of time. I finished a pair of mittens from PomPom Quarterly's Autumn 2015 edition. This is newly available in my LYS and I love all of the magazines (went back and bought two more). The patterns are fresh but not trendy, modelled by women of varying ages. They will fit well into my wardrobe - at school and on weekends I think. The Mitts are Woodland Mitts knit in Rowan Superwash DK:
I also started the most challenging knit I've done in a long time. It's a pullover in DK - Clio by Elizabeth Doherty. I'll have to do a post on the entire project when it's done, it's the most uniquely constructed garment I've made to date. I'm hoping to finish by the end of January, but that may be a bit ambitious of me!
Next up I have a bulky pullover that I've wanted to knit ever since I saw the pattern: Wolf River. I've bought Cascade Eco in Red, and plan to cast on soon. I also plan to make a shawl as part of a Berroco knit along: Mrs Watson It's knit using short rows and garter stitch to make the leaf pattern. I'll cast on in February.
January is dark and cold, my least favourite time of year. I'm looking forward to spring, or at least more daylight! In the meantime I'm moving along with my plans and hope that I can finish a few things this winter.