Yes, I said "Christmas is Coming" or at least you'd think so at the rate I'm knitting gifts. The fact that they are smaller projects that finish quicker I'm sure has nothing to do with it. So, on to those gifts. I jumped right into making a matching hat for my mothers felted mittens that I mentioned in my previous post. It came out rather well I think even though the pattern calls for a yarn with drape, a quality which my sheepy sticky Shetland yarn definitely does not possess. The striped brim, that I lined with angora yarn, ended up being a bit over three inches in order to fully cover my ears and is quite snug, then the body of the hat is loose and pulled down in the back. My mom, most days, wears her hair in a ponytail so having this looser shape accommodates that hair style. Sadly, I still have leftover yarn, but it's a small enough amount to relegate to the scrap bin. As an aside, I really wish Ravelry had a "scrap" category for the stash section. That way you would still have the yarn info. if you ever figured out a pattern to use up all your scraps, and it would free up your active stash yarn list to only full skeins. Maybe someday...
With the mittens and matching hat now completed, I moved on to knitting another gift, but this time for my husband. It's a pair of wool socks knit out of DK weight sock yarn from ONline. It all started last year really when I knit his younger brother a pair of socks with this yarn using up a skein and a half for the pair. Which left me with, you guessed it, a half of skein leftover - what to do? Because of course, I had to do something I couldn't just let it lie. Well, then I got to figuring all I needed to use up this yarn was to purchase another skein of it to knit a second pair of men's wool socks. And, since my husband admired the first pair it seemed obvious that he should be the recipient. Knitting a big pair of men's socks could be quite a challenge, but knitting up this pattern in DK weight yarn on US size 3 needles has been a breeze. They are knitting up so fast I am already done with the first sock and I only started them 2 days ago, which makes me a very happy camper. The fact that at this rate I will still be able to count them for Stash Dash makes me happy too.
Finishing all these gifts rather quickly, has me thinking about how I downgraded my mom to mittens (and now a hat too) for her Christmas gift. She'll enjoy them and get a lot of use out of them I'm sure, but she really does need another sweater as many of hers are getting too worn to wear out and about. So, I will give her these gifts for her birthday in October instead, and I'm going to try and challenge myself to knit her a sweater for Christmas. I think why I was so quick to cut her sweater from my YOP list was I didn't want to knit the pattern I chose. Instead of the Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern I originally planned on I am going to knit her another Kate Davies Blaithin. This is a good switch for many reasons: the yarn I earmarked for her sweater is enough to knit Kate's pattern, I really enjoyed knitting the 1st one I knit her, she loves the A-line styling, I think I can do a much better job on the stranded knitting section this time around (last time I knit it a bit tight and had to block real aggressively to get it to shape) and lastly I'll be using more of Jamieson's Soft Shetland yarn which can take the hard wear my mother puts her sweaters through. Enough said.
Here's an update to the list as it now stands:
Cowls and Scarves:
Dudester Scarf by Jana Pihota
Dryad by Jared Flood
For the Home:
Sock Yarn Braided Rug by Martha Lazar
My Oluffa Doorstop by Lucinda Guy
Cozy Coasters by Joelle Hoverson
Taylor's Orange Toe Up Socks by Jasmyn Cunningham
Sweaters and Vests:
Blaithin by Kate Davies
Ground by Veera Valimaki
Glen Moir Vest by Luise O'Neill
White Russian by Thea Colman
Astonish Top by Katy Banks
Jordan by Wendy Bernard
Mittens and Gloves:
Connnectivity Gloves by Mari Chiba
Nordic Mittens by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Double Knit Mittens by Sue Hedgecock
A Family Tam by Beth Brown-Reinsel
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Have a great week everyone!
Have a great week everyone!