Fire and Ice

I’m not sure it was entirely chance that led Fire to be chosen as the first element for Project Spectrum 3.0. It can’t have escaped attention that February and March are cruel months. We here in Manitoba might see spring at the end of March, or we might not. These are months of white and grey and snow and ice. A perfect time for focusing on Fire. Fire as warmth, Fire as romance, Fire as inspiration.

Warming up

It’s snowing today, which means it’s warmer than it has been. Cloud cover is a layer of insulation, after all. “See?” that finger is saying, “-10, just right for enjoying.” But that doesn’t mean I’m not cold. I’m famous for my lack of heat-manufacturing skill.

Fingerless Fire

So it was with great relish that I cast on for these fingerless mitts on the first day of Project Spectrum 3. This was the very first sock yarn I bought. It was our last trip to Germany, and I hadn’t tried socks yet. I wasn’t sure I would like them, but since everyone was raving about small, portable, soothing socks, I thought sock yarn would be a perfect souvenir. This was in the local grocery store, beside the toothpaste, along with several bamboo needle sets. It was labeled “Canadian Colors”. It wasn’t til I got back to Canada that I found out that this colour was in fact “Manitoba”. Too crazy!

I’m half done the second one. They’re knitting up so fast. I’ll have gobs of yarn left from this 100g ball. I think I may try using it along with another colour for some mosaic knit socks. That sounds like so, so, so much fun that I’ve been aching to try it for months now.

7 thoughts on “Fire and Ice

  1. Kris says:

    That they are Manitoba ~ so cool!
    Guide me oh great one.
    As I left at flickr, these are awesome!
    I just want to jump right to fingerless mitts. Pattern?
    Where do I start?

  2. prairiepoppins says:

    Well, what yarn do you have? You’re just learning to knit, right? Because I’ve seen patterns out there for these knit up flat and then sewn up the edge, just leaving a hole for the thumb to pop out.

    Let me know if that sounds about right and I’ll see what I can hunt up for you.

  3. Schwester K says:

    You know you’re from the Prairies when…

    … you rejoice that it’s actually warm enough to snow. ;)

    love the fingerless mitts! i still get tonnes of use out of mine.

    oh, and i posted pics of that hoodie/scarf dealio on my facebook page, in the “birthday fun” album.

    lots of love!!

  4. Schwester K says:

    oh, and i love how it also looks almost like you’re trying to push the temperature needle higher, into the warmer temperatures! :D

  5. Lolly says:

    Great post, S. I am happy that you are finding the warmth in the PS element too. Lovely mitt!

    (I desperately owe you an email – sorry for the delay!)

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