In the winter, I get to wear a lot of my handknits. Yesterday was a 4 knit day: Grey Cabled Socks, Blue Biffle Wristwarmers, Seaweed Love, and Grape Snuggy (hat). 3 knit days are easy to achieve: hat, scarf, mittens. 4 knit days are special. Any sock day is special. 5 knit days are giddy, but I can't remember the last time I had one.

I saw my reflection in the Mini window; I really like my Grape Snuggy. I think it fits me well, and I've received a few compliments from knitters and non-knitters on it. I don't always like hats on me, and I've convinced myself I don't generally look good in hats, so this is a cool realization.

While in the grocery store, I looked around at those wearing hats, all machine made. Enjoying my 4 knit day, wearing 4 knits I happen to love, I thought how limited their selection is, and wondered what they do. Do they wish for a handknit hat, custom designed just for them, in materials, color, pattern to their specifications? Would they want a handdyed handknit one-of-a-kind silk-merino scarf? Can they imagine the cozy comfort of handknit socks?

Does this have anything to do with the current surge in knitting's popularity?

Random observation

It's harder to use chopsticks while wearing wristwarmers. It feels a little off.

Swatchin'

Swatches

These be the swatches I mentioned yesterday, forgot to take a picture of them before. Notice the sizes, nice and big. Remember the Grey Cabled Socks swatch? Hahaha, I've come a long way.

I really liked knitting with the Filatura di Crosa 501 Tweed (left). Fairly soft, and firm yet flexible fabric. It was interesting to see how the barberpole yarn knit up, not quite what I expected. I want to match it to a project soon.

Bamboo (middle) was nice to knit with, crisp feeling. The colors are so much nicer knit up than I expected, I really like the variegation. To be honest, I was kinda disappointed when this color showed up, it just wasn't what I was hoping for. But knit up, I just love it and can't wait to make it into something. My gauge is way off, though, 6 sts instead of 5 to the inch. And that's on bigger needles. Has a lot of spring when stretched width-wise.

Thanks, Beth, for the heads up on the Bamboo. I see what you mean about the scratchiness and I'm glad I made the mistake of using #7 needles. At this gauge it doesn't feel scratchy per se, just... crisp.

Okay, had to stop and play. After roughing up the swatch for a few minutes, it changed gauge, closer to 5 sts per inch. Better for following patterns written at 5 sts per inch, but, my mistake of using #7 needles means the stitches are now a little holey. A little risque for a tank top for conservative me. Guess I'll have to knit me another swatch.

Third swatch (right) is some Knit One Crochet Two Meringue I bought on sale at A Good Yarn at the end of the summer. I was hoping to use it for Bistro Shirt, but I'm not sure it'll work. It feels very spongy knit up, and has some bulk. It will probably be warm; maybe a bell sleeved sweater.

Kiri

...is just a little bit bigger.