Catch-Up

2019 is here with a bang, and while I’ve been quiet I’ve been busy!

I’d like to show you my Christmas knitting. I made 3 hats, none of them from a pattern. Hats are generally simple enough that unless I’m going for something really specific I don’t usually need to follow a pattern.

The first hat was a 2×2 rib base with a cable motif I modified from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. This was for my husband’s grandmother.

The 2nd hat was for my husband’s grandpa, and it was completely in 2×2 rib. I detest knitting ribbing, but it’s stretchy and manly, and sometimes you just do what you need to do.

These first 2 hats were knit in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino. The third hat was in a textured knit/purl pattern and was for my Father in Law.

I knit it in Cascade 220 Superwash, and was pleasantly surprised with how next-to-the-skin soft it was!

The hats were well received. I used to try to knit something for everyone in the family, but I find that it’s more manageable to knit for just a few people at a time.

Do you knit Christmas gifts?

In Review

Now that Christmas is over, I can show you a few more of the presents I made.

Sparkly bracelets worked up quickly as presents for friends

Pattern: Beaded Waves Cuff by Laura Nelkin

Yarn: Valley Yarns Superwash DK in Natural and Cascade Yarns El Cielo in Bordeaux

Size 6 seed beads

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Stripey Wristwarmers for my sister

Pattern: made up as I went: the gloves are knit in 2×2 ribbing with garter stitch rows on both ends

Yarn: I Love this Cotton in White and Orangeade (I tea-dyed the gloves so the colours wouldn’t be quite so glaring)

For my youngest sister I decided not to knit anything. A few years ago I taught her to knit, so for Christmas I gave her some knitting supplies and a binder of patterns I had picked out and thought she would enjoy. She was very pleased and immediately picked out a pattern to start knitting with her Christmas yarn.

A Stitch in Time

I am almost done with my Grandma’s Christmas sweater. I’ve been working on this since September, starting with the sleeves. Then I soldiered through the back, which I thought would never be done. After several brief meanderings through other projects I cast on the right front earlier this week, and lo and behold! A semi-finished object! Now I only have to knit the left front, do the sewing up, and knit the lower border on. This sweater is practically done! I can almost taste it.

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The back and right front (sleeves not shown)

(Is yarn-tasting a thing? Should it be?)