December 31, 2009

Holiday Knitting

I am reluctant to do much in the way of holiday knitting. It is tricky to not only get the size right for someone else but it can be difficult to predict what will really appeal to another person.

I couldn't resist knitting a scarf for Sophie though. The French wear scarves with such style. The pattern is very simple but the yarn is luxurious - a blend of merino wool, alpaca, and silk. We found it one day on a day trip to Gaspereau Valley Fibers - a small sheep farm with a wood-heated, toasty, spacious barn/shop. They sell a wide array of lovely yarns from all over but this particular one was spun at the farm and using it was like knitting with butter. I made it as long as Sophie is tall so she can loop it around her neck when visiting Lille, where winters can somehow seem damper and colder than Nova Scotia!

Three pair of Merion mittens all went to folks in Lunenburg County and a fourth grey pair (not pictured) was sent to France.

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