08 January 2007

Part 2

I did not get all my presents knit in time. Why? 1) I plan big. 2) I have poor time management skills. I feel particularly horrible about these two.

Pattern: Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
Yarn: Cascade 220 #7601 Sage Tweed and Araucania Nature Wool #42
Needles: 13 and 11 24" circs
Size: Woman's small
Knit for: My very patient grandmother

Pattern: Hello Yarn Besotted Scarf
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted Applewood
Needles: 8 straights
Notes: It's around 50 inches long
Knit for: My grandfather. I wanted him wrapped in hugs and kisses.

Here's a detail of the cabling.

I thought it came out pretty well.

I'm still going on the knitting. My mother's felted clogs still loom over my head like a big fuzzy umbrella, but in the meantime, here are gratutous kitty shots.

And, because she's back for another visit. . . .

06 January 2007

What I've Been Up To

I've been knitting like mad for Christmas presents.

First, there were these.
Pattern: Miriam's Baby Hats
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted Indigo & Azul Profundo
Needles: 10 16" circs
Size: 1 year and Newborn
Knit for: Two of my friends' sons

Next up.
Pattern: Star Brocade Stocking from Knit Christmas Stockings
Yarn: Cascade 220 #9410 Celtic Green and #4010 Straw Heather
Needles: 6 16" circs
Knit for: My friend's daughter. Finished in plenty of time for Christmas, too.

Wanna see a close-up?

This one cut it close. I finished it while at coffee with the recipiant. Actually, I finished it while she shopped for yarn at The Bead Alley.
Pattern: Hand/Wrist Warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Fiesta Yarns La Luz Bluebonnet
Needles: 6 DPN
Size: One
Notes: I add length and width. I also cast off with a larger needle.
Knit for: My good friend whose come home to me after being far away for years. (Come to think of it, she's still far away. Cross the Cities feels that way, anyway.)

Now, it was almost Christmas, and I was starting to panic. There was family to meet on Christmas Eve.

Pattern: Hand/Wrist Warmers from LMKG
Yarn: Art Yarns Supermerino #126 & #120 and Atacama #506
Size: one
Needles and Notes: See above
Knit for: My two aunts and my uncle

This got knit because my mother wears hats and the felted clogs I'd been promising her for years were not going to get done. I'd given her the yarn for those as a present last year, so I couldn't do that again. I finished this on Christmas Eve day. I love Last Minute Knitted Gifts. And I love my stash.
Pattern: Kim's Hats from LMKG
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted Cuarzo and Nore Transitions #7
Needles: 9 20" circs and 10 1/2 24"circs
Size: Largest
Notes: I probably should have decreased to a woman's size once I went to bigger needles, but it seems to work.
Knit for: My mother

Back soon with part 2