Hold that thought

Back in September at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair, I stopped by the Purple Purl booth and had a small falling down in front of the Twinkle Soft Chunky that they had on sale to clear. I had always looked at it longingly in the shop, thinking that “one day” I would just buy a mess of it and whip off a few quick knits for instant gratification. But then I saw I might lose the chance, so I bought five skeins. As one does.

I figured that the time would come when I would want to knit a few chunky things. It turns out that time is now, when the cold has speedily reached negative double digits and already my Berocco Ultra Alpaca beret is just not quite cutting it any more. (Clearly, this winter is not fooling around. Must be making up for last year’s mediocre effort.) I first knitted up a Speedy Cabled Beret, which is now blocking out, and moved on next to a large-ish cowl of generic quality. (I cast on about 76 sts, and am working the whole thing in mistake rib.)


The vast majority of my projects are knit on either fingering weight (socks, gloves, shawls, you know) or worsted weight (sweaters, or hats, or just about anything really), so it’s a rare day when I have to pull out 10mm needles. This is quite a trip. On the one hand, the stitches are huge which means I am making quick progress without even trying, but on the other hand they are clunky and a bit unwieldy in your hands when you’re not used to anything larger than 4.5mm on a normal basis.

So it’s a change of pace if nothing else, which is also what I was going for. In the midst of all my other ongoing projects it feels good to say “STOP. KNIT A HAT. OKAY, CARRY ON. AS YOU WERE.” And winter is most definitely here, so hats and cowls R Us.

Baby, it’s cold outside. Thank you, yarn. I’m glad I have you in my life.


  1. Love that color… it look so soft!

  2. That is a beautiful colour! I have a skein of Malabrigo Rasta sitting in my stash just longing to be knit on giant needles into a giant squooshy super simple cowl… the yarn is so huge that I could probably get a good part of it done on lunch!

  3. I know what you mean. It’s like mitten fever in my house. My son needs about 6 pairs and he’s got only one. And we all need more socks, too…so I’ve stopped all my sweater projects (that’s why I haven’t finished a sweater for myself in months, I guess!) to fit the needs of my little family (plus a few Christmas gifts, too). I just can’t help it!
    That yarn looks delicious. I want!

  4. Working on the 2nd mitten of a pair that’s been languishing for a while, but it’s ONLY Noro Iro — the other pair of that I have is not bad, once it felted slightly on the inside, but not great for the really cold weather we’ve been having. *waves to Glenna — that’s the cold front we sent you. Enjoy!*

    Am contemplating alpaca liners for the leather mittens (choppers) that I have. They cut the wind pretty well, but I have lousy circulation in my hands. Need something with more insulation. Oh, darn! Need to go looking for some fairly small alpaca yarn! 😀

    That big squooshy cowl looks awesome, too. 🙂 Can’t wait to see FO pics of that and the beret. Stay warm!

  5. gorgeous colour!! it looks really pretty. I find my hat isn’t’ quite as warm as I’d like it to be, either. I’ve been eyeing those lined trapper hats. I did the same thing with my fiddlehead mittens this year- stop everything. need new mitts. okay, carry on with gift knitting.

  6. Cassie Sperry · ·

    thats a super cute color!

  7. OH, that yarn looks so squishy, great shade too. Extreme cold weather should qualify for days off to knit…

  8. The yarn looks luscious. I usually do a hat during a long project just to give myself a break.

  9. What a totally delicious colour!!

  10. I know what you mean! I have the Rasta too, for an uber-cozy pair of slippers, and knitting with it feels a bit like trying to work with one of those giant pencils for little kids. Very weird. But very cozy.

  11. I know exactly what you mean. Now that it’s actually cold out, I want to knit EVERYTHING, yesterday.

  12. What a fabulously squishy looking yarn – and it’s a beautiful colour too!!!


  13. Mmmm… it looks soft. And such a lovely color! I always find myself craving color during the dead gray months of winter.

    I’m knitting with bulky weight yarn right now, too, except it’s nothing of a relief from all of the socks and lace scarfs around here. I’m knitting the Hemlock blanket with it, heh.

  14. What is mistake rib? I’ve never heard that term before…

  15. That color is beautiful and the yarn looks so soft.

    I know what you mean about the larger needles. When I first started knitting it was all I knit with. Now they feel awkward and unwieldy compared to my sock needles.

  16. Cynthia K-R in Canada · ·

    Brrrrrr….it’s SO cold here that I am knitting more hats just to be prepared. We may have to wear more than one at a time!!

    That yarn colour is divine !! And, yes – giant needles feel really different when you’re used to a much smaller size. I get the same feeling when I change needles sizes.

    I’ve made 3 hats in the past week, and am now onto fingerless glovies—it’s what my 20-year old son wants !! But, then again – he lives in Victoria, BC – so he doesn’t KNOW what real COLD is here in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

  17. What is a mistake rib? I am not familiar with that term?

  18. This wool looks great!

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