warm up to winter knit along - elizabeth & hopefully some mitts

pattern: elizabeth by jane richmond
yarn: berroco vintage dk in colorway 6165

warm up to winter is definitely in effect the last few weeks where i live.  snowfalls, wind storms and freezing rain - yum!  love it...NOT!  i'm dreaming of warmer weather already though i will miss wearing my cold weather accessories.  i got elizabeth off the needles last week and i have worn it everyday since.  elizabeth is a chunky cable knit hat that is super fast to whip up and a great first time cable pattern for a hat if you are looking to branch into cables.  i personally love them.  there is something so fun about the magic of cables.  i love how the simple movement of a few stitches moving from the back or front can make the most gorgeous and oh, so warm addition to a knitted garment.

especially when put up against a big, ol wind storm.  we ventured out on the weekend to the water to watch some pretty giant waves come crashing up over the shore and up onto the sidewalks.  it was crazy.  i've been in these storms before..after all..i live on vancouver island but i've never gone down to the water when they hapen and man was it exciting.  it was pretty fun storm watching and so the hubs and i thought it would be a good time to catch some pics of my elizabeth hat in real wind action and i mean real wind :P  check out that hair!  lol!

this hat has just the right amount of slouch.  it's got a long ribbed brim that i love.  keeps the ears real warm and doesn't slip or fall off and there is no need to keep pulling it down.  the hat is super warm yet still breathable.  it's soft, cushy and i looooove it.

green is a new hat color for me and since i've been really feeling the color bug lately i thought what the heck...let's add some green to my hat rotation.  i love me a cheerful, colorful hat! 

now that i have the hat though i need some fingerless mitts.  after searching online and deciding finally to use the last skein i have of the same yarn i used for the elizabeth hat i decided on the "constellation gloves".  i plan on making them shorter and maybe adding a fun surprise to them but we'll see how i feel when i get to that point.  so far all i have is one cuff.  i better get cracking :)

in the meantime while the rain is pouring giant buckets outside and the wind is howling through the nights and shaking our poor top floor condo like king kong grabbed it and decided to rattle us around a bit i'm going to be working away on my fingerless mitts and knitting to keep warm by the fire. 

do you want to join in on the "warm up to winter knit along"?  it's not too late...there's still time.  sign up below...

start date: january 11, 2012 (but you can join in anytime before the deadline)
finish date: february 8th, 2012
* please note you must sign up to be entered into any giveaways.

all posts can be found here and the thread for the knit along can be found in the luvinthemommyhood ravelry group here!

when you are done your hats and/or mitts please post your finished pics in either our ravelry group thread or our flickr group so we can drool over your fab work! also make sure to pop on over to "nook" today to see what my partner in crime rebecca has been up to for her kal projects :)

how are your projects coming along?  you guys have been knitting up a storm!  i'm so proud and happy with all the projects being made in our ravelry group! wowsa!  it's like inspiration galore in there!  hats upon hats, mitts and lots of yummy creativity! love it!  i'll be in there today to catch up and chat a bit.  in the meantime fill me in on what you've got on the needles below!  i can't wait to hear and see what you're making :)