My long time girlfriend was having a party for her birthday which I was going to miss due to being out of town. So, instead of my presence I decided to knit her a present to celebrate her special day. I sent it off in the post today even though she only lives about 20 minutes from me because we both LOVE getting packages in the mail. We don't always exchange gifts, but sometimes the timing works out and I can knit something special for her. I even shopped my stash for this one, Madelinetosh tosh dk, and COMPLETELY used up the yarn only having a few snipped off scraps leftover. Yay! I adore using up all my yarn on a project. Leftover yarn seems sad and burdensome to me; it wants to "be" something, but it's never enough yardage.
This is the pattern I chose for the hat which I followed to the "T" only adding a pompom at the end. It turned out more beanie than slouchy as the pattern described, but I think that will fit Emily better anyway. I used this fun free pompom maker for the pompom which you can simply download and cut out. It works surprisingly well albeit a bit fussy. The mitts I knit loosely based on this pattern and you can see my notes as to the changes here. The combo is pleasing to me, but with one catch - if it's cold enough to wear the hat, you won't likely wear just fingerless mitts and if it's warm enough for the mitts you won't likely need to wear the hat. Hmm... To solve this dilemma I purchased these stretchy gloves (which are also conductive so she can use her i phone with them on) to wear with the mitts on top of them to make them pretty. Sorry no photo of this combo, as the gloves arrived in the mail after it was too dark for picture taking.
Now, I'm off to Washington DC for 3 nights and 3 days to spend with another longtime friend. She is single with no children so it's an all girl, all grown up weekend and I couldn't be more excited! I'm bringing my souffle dish in my carry-on bag along with truffles, tea and knitting - all the necessities in life ;)