I have been busy. First, finals. Those went well. Once I got home, I was busy with Christmas knitting and Christmas decorating and Christmas. Since then, I’ve been busy packing. Mom’s moving from our apartment to a house, so we’ve been trying to get everything packed up so she doesn’t have to do it all on her own. Tonight I’ve finally been able to sit down and blog.
I think we should start with Christmas gifts! Now that everyone has their gifts, I can share the photos without worrying about them finding what they’re getting.
For my best friend, I made her a hat that she liked – I had made myself one ages ago, and she loved that hat. The pattern I used was chunky slouch cap, free on Ravelry. Its super quick and easy, and I love the outcome. My best friend said its a “magic hat” that makes any hair style (or color) look good.
For mom, I made Tiny Owl Knits’ Amy March’s Slippers. While they’re adorable, I’m not thrilled with them. They don’t stay on her foot; I’m going to have to pick up the live stitches and make a bigger back for them and possible thread elastic through the back. Its definitely a little disappointing, but I’ll do what I have to for them to fit – my mom has perpetually cold feet (maybe that’s where I get it from?) so I know she’ll appreciate them when they finally stay on her feet.
For dad, I made him a Heidi hat. I know it was designed as a woman’s hat, but to me it is definitely more masculine, especially in a solid color and a heavy yarn. I added a brim on it, and the hat says to start the decreases after 6 inches. I went to 7 inches and I would still prefer it if I had gone to 7.5 or even 8 inches – its very snug. If I hadn’t blocked it really heavily over a bowl, it would not have gone over my ears, much less my dad’s. Other than that, I was quite happy with the pattern and how well it looks. The photo isn’t as pretty as the rest – I didn’t have it finished when I did the photo shoot with the others and gave it to dad without snapping a picture first, so its just a quick shot I took when I visited him. The color is a much, much more masculine blue than what the photo shows. Really. Its not prius powder blue, its prettier. I promise. The colorway is “cobalt” if that gives you any idea.
My sister is a huge Burberry fan. Because of this love of Burberry, I based her gift off of the Burberry Inspired Cowl. I say “based” because I used a bulky weight yarn and altered the cable locations. I think its okay to post the pattern I used since I linked to the original and I did alter quite a bit. I posted what I did on my Ravelry project page, but for those of you who don’t have a Ravelry account, here it is:
- Using super bulky yarn (I used one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick&Quick Solids) cast on 30 stitches with provisional cast on.
- Rows 1 – 6: Slip the first stitch of each row, work in stockinette (even row: purl. odd row: knit).
- Row 7: Sl 1 stitch, knit 2, C8F, knit 8, C8F, knit 3
- Row 8-14: Slip the first stitch of each row, work in stockinette (even row: purl. odd row: knit).
- Row 13: Sl 1 stitch, knit 10 , C8B, knit 11
- Row 14: Purl
- Repeat until desired length. Graft ends together.
And here’s the results:
Finally, we have my niece. On her Christmas list she had asked for beanies and legwarmers. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I made up a quick hat pattern for her. As far as I know, she loved it – as soon as she opened it she put it on and she didn’t take it off all day. Here’s the pattern I did for her hat:
Using a super bulky yarn (I used one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick&Quick Metallics), use the long tail cast on and cast on 44 stitches.
- Join in the round, work K1, P1 rib for five rounds.
- Round 6: (k1, p1) x 2, kfb* to end
- k2, p2* around until the entire work measures 9 inches.
- Next round: K2tog, p2tog* to end
- Last *two* rounds: k2tog to end
- Break yarn, thread through live stitches
And that concludes my Christmas knitting. Since then, I have made a few other projects (surprise, surprise). I made a star crossed slouchy beret (which, if you ask me, is more like a beanie) as well as one of Caitlin Ffrench’s bulky weight shawls and a few hats – one crocheted! I have also started a weather scarf – you know, dedicate a certain yarn to a range of temperatures and knit each day based off of that day’s temperature (I’m going off of that day’s high). I think it’ll be fun! Needless to say, the polar vortex that came through definitely shows on my scarf, even though our highs weren’t in the negative (we reached 1F), our windchills were in the negative thirties.