So. much. snow. last weekend and another 3-5" due this afternoon into this evening! You do get a lot of knitting done. In fact, file this under Exhibit A:
These are Tom's Christmas present from me. I handed him the Selbuvotter book and said, "Which one?". He chose Annemor #7.
"The Eddas tell of Yggdrasil, the tree that supports the world and the four stags that feed on its shoots and bark. The reindeer here is nibbling on a sprout, reminding us of the ancient story". - Terri Shea in Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition.I had been hoping for one of the easier mittens. No, I was assured, gloves would be better. These gloves with reindeer and little trees and suns and triangles and flowers.
I drew in my lips, slid my glasses down my nose, and peered at the particulars of the knitting pattern. This would be the first pair of gloves I had ever knitted. Still, maaaaaybe I could pull this off.
We drove to Wisconsin Wool Exchange and I said, "Choose two colors."
There are many beautiful choices in this little shop. Tom went right for the Wall o' Kimmet Croft - which is pretty much the epicenter of my knitting universe - and picked an off-white and a cobalt blue called Iris in sportweight. The yarn is 25% angora and 75% merino so there is a bit of a halo. It's the nicest yarn I have ever worked with.
And so, I sat down to try to knit these fancy Nordic gloves. It was very fun, spurred on as I was by the fast-approaching Christmas deadline and an intense desire to succeed in wupping Viking glove tushie. I wanted to give Tom my best.
This is it: my personal best in knitting, as of December 2010.