|The result of knitting all the cowls!!!|
This December I cast off quite a few projects that became gifts. I matched stash to a pattern that looked fun, and I did it more by what I wanted to knit than by the "gifting list" that usually rules my knitting in December. Once the item was finished was when I decided to whom I should gift it. That took the pressure off. Just in case of epic fail... I had other items in mind that could be given in lieu of "all the Knitted things".
When doing seasonal/holiday knitting, I have to consider the whole aspect that asks "Is recipient Knit Worthy?" Do you know what I mean? Is the person going to enjoy and wear the item? Will they smirk and make fun of another pair of socks, as the quip... "Just like I saw in Target...." (no no you didn't see these in Target!!!!!) Will they take care of it and follow the washing directions given? (Do you hate when they come back with a felted item and say something like.... I don't know... I just washed it.... Can you fix it? Uh, nooooo!)
|GapTastic Cowl, supersized.|
|Noro Seyfert Cowl|
Yarn: one skein Noro Taiyo, size 11 needles.
Modifications: cast on 143 stitches
I love this cowl, it was easy to knit, fast, and such a great showcase for variegated or homespun yarn. I was able to make it in an afternoon of re-watching Downton Abbey, Season One.
Yarn: two skeins Forest Greener Icelandic Bulky, size 11 needles.
Modifications: cast on 145 stitches.
Again, fun to knit, qick and a beautiful outcome!
|Mulberry Multi Seyfert, For Good Hat|
Yarn: Four skeins/100 yards each, Forest Greener hand-dyed worsted weight, size 9 needles.
This, too, went quickly and I enjoyed watching the shift of colors as the skeins played out.
|Turquoise and Chocolate Icing|
Yarn: deep stash, no label, size 9 needles
I like this pattern for its closer fit and as a canvas for variegated yarn. It worked up quickly and was a mindless relaxing knit.
|Birthday Cake Cowl|
Yarn: Red Heart Strata, size 8 needles.
The pattern was easy to follow and the colors were fun to watch as the skein unrolled, but I hated the feel of the yarn. Sold this at the Christmas Fair.
|Dusty Rose Infinitude Scarf|
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, one jumbo skein, size 10 needle
I liked working this up, It wasn't as quick, with 240stitches on the needles, but the shape is different and it is warm and cozy. Try it if you like the double wrap cowl with less volume than the GapTastic.
I have been making some really fun hats lately. It started when I signed on to the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL. I loved this because I got the pattern in sections, I was able to watch the forum spoiler board for pictures of the progress people were making, and in the end, I do believe this may be the most beautiful hat I have ever made.
|Encircle, Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL|
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Portland Tweed, size 4 needles
This photo doesn't do the little bud-like cables justice, but I have to say that this was a fun knit, challenging in that I learned to do a number of new techniques, and it became a beautiful frame for a button out of my mum's button box. Go to the original pattern and view the variations that the members of the KAL created. Some are more fitted, others more slouchy.
Yarn: Deep stash, Lion Brand of some unknown bulky type, size 9 needle
This is Mel's first pattern and it has become one of my favorite hats to wear every day. It is fairly easy to knit and I think a perfect first cable pattern.
Yarn: Deep Stash, Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends, size 9 needle
I had hoped to enter this hat into Mel's KAL. She had us cast on the day of Christmas and we needed to cast off before New Year's. I was not able to get any good photos since the lighting is so grey here in New England in winter. I will definately be making more of these. This one was supposed to be a gift, but I have decided to be selfish and keep it for myself.
|For Good Hat|
Yarn: Deep stash, Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends, size 6 needle
The story behind this hat is touching. Megan designed a hat and dedicated it to the memory of her sister, who passed away so young. The proceeds from pattern sales were donated to National Woman’s Health Network. I did a RAP (Random Act of Pattern, in memory of Knit Purl Girl) and shared it with the women in my local knitting group. I am hoping they enjoy it as much I as I did.
This pattern had many new methods of construction, but in a good way. Instead of endless stockinette or garter stitch, there were sets of stitches that form wedges the band was cast off and then picked up again to give a different type of edging. I do need to get into Windsor Button and find the perfect compliment to this yarn.
If you are still here... after so many photos and my lengthy narrative (sorry) ..... I am putting this up for FO (Finished Object) Friday, but these were all finished over the past two weeks.
This piece added after posting............
A number of you have asked for details on the olive colored cowl in the opening photo. It is called Green with Envy, the pattern is Envy by John Brinegar. I did a post about some of my other projects that were made in the early stages of my return to knitting. The link to see more is here.
Find your way to Tami's Amis to view what other knitters have posted for FOs on Friday. Another great place to look at Friday posts is that of WonderWhyGal's, go here to see more.