Nordic Wind + Owl

As I shared at the end of September, I had a terrific lady day with a good friend in which we attended a fun little event at Cream City Yarn. While there, I saw a beautiful shop sample of cabinfour‘s Nordic Wind in Quince & Co’s Owl. With the help of my friend, I impulsively picked out yarn for one for myself…

IMG_0873From left to right I picked: Jay, Cerulean, Papuan, and Cielo (the yarn peeking at the top will be hitting my needles shortly).

Knowing it would be a great, simple project for the holidays, I cast on just before the holiday in December…

img_1723It was about here that I was completely addicted and head over heels in love.

img_1729-3Utterly simple and wildly addictive, I flew threw this knit so much faster than I thought I would. I’ll admit that I agonized a little over where to pop in the lone brown, Papuan, and I took more than one black and white photo to assess the tone of the colors. Between the first two blues or the last two?

img_1760-1I ended up going with between the last two.

colorsI’m happy with my choice.

benchAfter blocking, it ended up being luxuriously large and in Owl’s wool/alpaca blend it is wonderfully cozy.

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(Does it bother you that this shawl is a little crooked? It makes me a little crazy, but my son took the photo — it was his first time — and I was freezing, so we’re just going with it.)

I really could not love it more. It reminds me of such a great day and has all the beautiful blues I love. What’s more, I wasn’t thinking of it at the time I bought the yarn, but a couple years ago I’d knit a hat in the lightest blue, Cielo. Now I can be matchers with my old hat & new shawl — it’s a win all around!

In the Mean Time…

Well, I’ve got my plans for the Christmas Eve Cast-On as I shared in my last post and I managed to wrap up my holiday knitting early yesterday morning, finishing up my daughter’s Everyday Brew hat.

img_1719The big question, of course, was then:

What do I work on for the next 3 days?

The kiddos and I are still in school through Wednesday, so I knew I’d have a bit of my normal down-time while they work through lessons. I was thinking I’d wind a bunch of yarn I’ve been looking forward to knitting — a hat for myself, a very special cozy sweater, some warm socks for my kiddos, but I ran short on time for winding before the school day started so instead I opted for a project I’d purchased yarn for on my terrific lady day a couple months ago.

IMG_0873The five skeins at the bottom have been destined to be a Nordic Wind shawl and in a bout of extreme optimism a while back I’d prematurely wound all the yarn into center-pull balls. A simple design + beautiful yarn — it was the perfect answer to my question.

img_1723-1As soon as I cast-on, I instantly knew I’d chosen wisely. The pattern is incredibly easy and the yarn — of course — is a gorgeous luxury. It was absolutely ideal to work on during down time in school and then again, after a flurry of pre-holiday cleaning and a winter solstice walk with the kiddos…

img_1729-3It’s just such a wonderful project with which to unwind. I may have even knit through the entire first skein by the time I headed for bed. The pattern gives measurements for each color block section, but I’m opting to just knit through the skeins and shift colors when I run out.

In the above photo you can see my ‘advent calendar’ in the background. I’ve been faithfully keeping up with it and have even added a couple extra squares now and then just for fun.

img_1725-1Being the winter solstice, by the time I had my day’s square added I was out of natural light, so please pardon the horrendous lighting. I have a couple packs of mini skeins from Spun Right Round and Tanis Fiber Arts that I’m considering adding to the mix on this blanket. I’ve been saving them for other projects for a while and I think it’s time to just use them. Plus, I think they’ll be very fun additions.

My plans remain on track for the Christmas Eve Cast-On and I’ve still got some spinning I’d like to make happen before my house is full of guests, but I’m happy to have found my ‘in the mean time’ project. After all, we all deserve a good, relaxing knit this time of year — in between the cleaning and the baking and the wrapping and all the merrymaking. There is nothing quite like that down time with my needles — that pause to take it all in. The glimmer of the colorful Christmas lights, the sound of my kids playing with their train set, the dog snoring softly in the glow of the pretend fireplace — the very stuff of the holidays.