The weather in March is crazy: snow, rain, sun, greyness.
We are longing for the warmrth and the spring. This madness is about to change, but not yet. Winter just doesn't want to leave. March is crazy - Si, i miei amici - Marzo è pazzo.
Maslenitsa (Pancake Day) is one of the favourite Russian holidays. People in other countries love it too, but call it in a different way:-) Mardi Gras - literally Fat Tuesday in French; Festnacht in Germany - Eve of the Beginning of the Fast;in Sweden it's Fettisdagen (comes from fett- fat).
Origin: You had to eat up all the foods that wouldn't last the forty days of Lent without going off. Pancakes were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats (maslo - butter) and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.
On the Christian calendar, Maslenitsa marks the last week before Great Lent, a period of fasting.
But first and formost it's a sun festival (a pagan aspect).
And it's fun! That is why I picked these warm colors and round shapes for these small knits :-)
Spring always brings something new. We all need some change. At least longer days! Meanwhile I'll be transforming yarns into arts and crafts :-)
to all spring birthday boys and birthday girls I know!
Click on the image to listen to the song.
Whenever skies look grey to me,
And trouble begins to brew,
Whenever the winter winds become too strong,
When I was in New York at the Vouge Knitting Live 2011 in January, I bought a ball of yarn to do my homework for the Nicky Epstein's workshop
Knitting Block by Block.
(amazing designer, amazing workshop, amazing book, amazing experience!)
Click on the image to see the book
My homework was to knit a block (or a few) for the class so that then they could be transformed into some garment. I did that, but at the worshop I couldn't come up with anything really interesting.
But I liked the yarn and decided to buy two more skains in case I would like to knit something else. The yarn and the knitted blocks were sitting in my "craft" bag for a month. And just a few days ago all that was transformed into several nice pieces.
Yarn: Julia from NASHUA Handknits: 50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Mohair
These wrist warmers are just two knitted blocks.
One is Double Seed Stitch
Row 1 (right side) *Knit one, purl one; repeat from * to end.
Row 2 Repeat row 1.
Row 3 *Purl one, knit one; repeat from * to end.
Row 4 Repeat row 3.
Repeat rows 1 through 4.
For the other you just knit every row: Garter Stitch.
Then you knit a few rows in the Stockinette Stitch with a different yarn (a soft colourful Alpaca and Merino blend) which will fold nicely and you will see the purl stitch inside.
Another block is a hat.
Row 1 (right side)
Knit one, *purl one, knit one; repeat from * to end.
Purl one, *knit one, purl one; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1 and 2. for 5 cm
Continue in Double Seed Stitch for 12 cm.
The scarf is knitted in the Stockinette Stitch:
row 1 knit, row 2 purl.
Misti Hand Paint Sock from Colorful Stitches: 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, 10% Nylon
For larger images go to my website
Nice simple knits to keep you warm and cheerful in March :-)