I hope they don't revoke my "Canadian" status for saying this, but here it is: "I'm sick of winter".
Normally, I'm a big fan of the season (cold snowy weather + warm cozy hand-knits = a match made in heaven), but for some reason January 2018 is kicking my butt, and I can't help but find myself longing for the freedom of brighter, warmer days. Not coincidentally, this longing seems to be showing up in my most recent designs.
The Winter Wonderland Collection (December 2017) was inspired by some of the best things Winter has to offer--Winter markets, snow days, rosy cheeks and pure, 100% coziness. But now, I'm dreaming of Spring, and dreaming up new designs inspired by some of the best things Spring has to offer--buds, blossoms, rainy days, and new beginnings. I've got three new patterns nearing completion; here's a sneak peek at one of them...
These soft and silky fingerless mitts were knit from two skeins of The Fibre Co.'s Road to China Light, a uniquely indulgent blend of baby alpaca, silk, camel & cashmere that just begs to be touched (um, constantly).
The pattern will be available in the coming weeks; follow @coldcomfortknits on Instagram for the most up-to-date info on all pattern releases/promotions :)
the serotonin scarf
They say that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year, and whoever "they" are, I think they might be on to something.
Mid-January days are short and cold, the nights are long and dark; Spring seems a lifetime away. The holidays are a distant memory; the holiday bills, not so much. And, in Canada at least, a whole nation of people are feeling pretty darn tired and grouchy...we're all Vitamin D deficient by now.
Enter The Serotonin Scarf, my "prescription" for the winter blues. The not-clinically-significant winter blues, that is. If you're depressed, see your doctor--for real, I'm not kidding. Otherwise, keep reading...
The Serotonin Scarf is not just a joy to wear (soooo soft and warm), it's also a joy to knit! I could wax poetic about Malabrigo's "Merino Worsted". If you've knit with this yarn, you know what I mean. If you haven't, consider this your "prescription". Seriously...go get some now. You'll feel better immediately!**
**This prescription should not be filled by knitters sticking to a strict yarn diet (self-imposed, or otherwise). Nor should it be filled by knitters who are following any other type of rigorous de-stashing program.**
If this includes you, I've got great news: The Serotonin Scarf was designed to easily accommodate any de-stashing expedition. Simply select approx. 570 yards / 270 grams of any worsted weight yarn, in any colour palette that makes you smile (I used eight colours in the sample), then simply add or remove stripes in 2-row increments to create your own stash-busting superstar!
spreading the knitty love
Still not feeling chipper? Not in a scarf-y kind of place right now? Why not use your knitting powers (and your stash) to help those in need? It might be 'just what the doctor ordered'.
You can get started by checking out the latest blog post from the Our Maker Life team, "The New Year De-Stash", for inspiration and helpful links. Happy knitting!
I'm Alexis, the knitter/designer behind cold comfort knits. My favourite animal is a sheep (obvi). My primary knitting fuel is coffee. And my inner child is actually an inner senior-citizen.