It’s a Happy New Year!

I forgot to check the mail yesterday. You know how it is during the holidays. It’s hard to remember what day of the week it is and then you have to figure out whether or not it’s a holiday and if Canada Post will be delivering the mail. Today I checked and the lovely prize I’d won from Mary Jane Mucklestone‘s Facebook page had arrived.

Woo hoo! Inside were wonderful things. First, a hand-knit-by-Mary-Jane Muckle Toque:

It’s super warm and comfy and features the largest pompom I’ve worn in years. This is a fabulous hat.

There are 3 skeins of Quince & Co. Chickadee in Egret, Kumlien’s Gull, and Carrie’s Yellow to make the very cute Peerie Weerie Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I’ve used Quince’s Lark a few times, I’ve got some Finch in the stash and now I have some Chickadee. I love Quince’s yarn and colours and I’m expecting to enjoy working with this:

And finally there is a signed copy of Fair Isle Style:

It’s got a great range of projects, both small and large. I admit to being tempted by many of them. None of this was on my already-full list of things to knit, but some of them are perfect for baby gifts. The booties look great and I’m sure they’d be a relatively quick knit. And then there’s a lovely little stuffed bird by Lucinda Guy. This book makes me want to go and dig in the pile of partially-used balls of yarn that I’ve got upstairs.

If you’re looking for more Fair Isle knitting inspiration, Mary Jane also has a Craftsy course that I’m currently in the middle of: The Fair Isle Vest: Steeked and Stranded.

Happy knitting in 2014!

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2 Responses to It’s a Happy New Year!

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Woo hoo is right! I met Mary Jane at Rhinebeck and told her how much I love her books. And I’ll have to check out the fair isle course. I taught one myself last year in connection with my Trellis Waistcoat (I took a course years ago from Alice Starmore), but I’m always ready to learn something more.

  2. kmkat says:

    Oh, I may have to buy that book — love that yoked sweater on the front!