I've got several knitted gifts to blog about, so let's get down to business. First up, is the entrelac purse that I made for the co-worker whose name I drew in the Secret Santa gift exchange at school. She loves pink and black, so I made this:
Pattern: My own. Using Eunny Jang's entrelac instructions from Spring '07 IK.
Yarn: A mix of Cascade 220, Brown Sheep Nature Spun and Patons Merino in hot pink and black.
Needles: KP Options size 10 circs.
Cast On: Around November 11, 2007
Final Touches finished: December 18, 2007
Details and thoughts: If you plan to knit an entrelac bag, be sure to follow a pattern! It'll save you a headache. Not knowing how it would behave, after I felted the purse, the sides splayed out at angles, instead of making a nice rectangle. Also, I had attached the straps and the button thingy in the wrong place. I had to fold in the sides and make a few pleats to correct the first error. For the straps, I cut them off, bought some D-rings and eyelets and attached them that way. I really like that fix much better. The touch of silver makes it look more finished, I think. For stability, I sewed some plastic canvas to the bottom of the purse and then lined the inside with black satin. (I chickened out on using a bright, contrasting color.) My co-worker just loved it and was shocked that I made it! (A very nice compliment.)
Next up, we have my husband's socks!
Pattern: Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn Clark from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Larkspur (60% Superwash Wool, 25% Mohair, & 15% nylon)
Needles: Size 1 Knit Picks DPNs
Cast On: October 21, 2007
Grafted the second sock: Sometime towards the end of November. (I hate it when I don't write things down!)
Details and thoughts: The pattern is very easy and simple to follow with a four row repeat that keeps you from getting bored. The colors flashed a little, but with the dark tones of this yarn, it doesn't really matter. I knit the leg for seven inches and still had plenty of yarn leftover. This is my second time knitting with Mountain Bearfoot and it is just wonderful! Very soft and cozy. My husband loves his socks!
Now we have my mom's purse:
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Patons Merino in That's Pink & Midnight Blue, and Lion Wool in Cocoa & Winter White
Needles: Size 10 Bryspun circs.
Cast On: September 22, 2007
Felted & Finished: Sometime in October (no date again...grr)
Details and thoughts: This was easy enough. I just cast on 50 stitches, knit a rectangle, picked up stitches around the rectangle and knit straight until it looked big enough (read, until I was sick of the sight of it!) I striped following a Fibonacci sequence. The handles are double thick...brown on one side, pink on the other and sewn together with single crochet in white. It added some sturdiness to the handles. The only thing not pictured here is the cute little gold cat button I added for a closure.
Saving the best for last. My stepdaughter's Ribby Pulli:
Pattern: Ribby Pulli by Bonne Marie over at Chic Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Bare dyed with Jacquard acid dyes in burgundy. Fiesta Boomerang in Madrid
Needles: Knit Picks Options size 5 and miscellaneous size 5 DPNs
Cast On:???? (I had 12 inches knit on November 13th, so sometime before that, obviously.)
Finished: December 23, 2007
Details and thoughts: I am so thrilled with how this sweater turned out! The pattern is simply fabulous. Bonne Marie designs such classic garmets. I was really enjoying knitting it with the burgundy, but when I hit the yoke and added in the Boomerang, I was over the moon with this project! I finished it up Sunday and knew instantly that my stepdaughter would love it and she did! That is her trying it on and admiring it in the photo above. It fits perfectly. Plus, it's machine washable!
So for Christmas this year, I knit 9 gifts!
I will leave you with a parting shot of all the projects for my family.