Yes, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m going to just pick back up and really try to post more often! We’ll see how I do.
This Christmas, I decided to knit some gifts. I haven’t done this for several years, except for the gift for a teacher at school. (We draw names each year for a gift exchange.) I made 3 cowls and 2 hats for family members – a pair of socks is started, but not completed yet! I also made a shawl for the colleague whose name I drew this year. I’ll start with that:
Pattern: Balance Shawl by Angela Tong
Yarn: Mystery fingering yarn from a swap – it is a blue/white variegated wool blend with either bamboo or tencel. It has a sheen to it, so it’s got to be one or the other.
Needles: Size 5 or 6 circs. (I don’t remember)
Cast On: November 1, 2012
Finished: December 7, 2012
Gifted: December 8, 2012
Modifications: I didn’t do anything differently on this! However, I didn’t like the top edge increases and decreases. I think it gave that edge an uneven look. I’d rather they were hidden close to the lace instead. It’s a lovely pattern, though! The lace was just enough to keep my interest without making the project cumbersome. Oh…the pattern does call for laceweight, but I substituted fingering to get a larger shawl.
Made for: Elizabeth – 4th grade teacher at my school. I think this woman is an amazing teacher and I’ve learned a lot from her since we’ve worked together. I was glad I picked her name so I had the chance to knit her something!
I made hats for my brother and dad. I used Encore Worsted in blue and orange, OKC Thunder colors. I only had to buy one ball of each and just knit them in opposite color schemes. I didn’t really follow a pattern – used Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns partly, but did the decreases differently.
Yarn: Encore Worsted
Needles: Size 8 circs
Cast On: 1st hat on December 15, 2012
Finished: 2nd hat on December 23, 2012
Gifted: December 25, 2012
Here’s a modeled shot on Christmas Day:
I’ll post later this week (maybe tomorrow!) about the cowls. It’s a new pattern of mine and I want to release it when I post about it.
Tiger says, “Nothing warms the fur better than a cozy fire.”