Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Post-holiday Post

I made a few holiday gifts this year. Normally I don't. The holidays are busy as it is and I don't like to add pressure to get more done by the 25th. But this year I planned to make two scarves and I started early.

I finished the shifting sands scarf for my bil Brian, but I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Doh. It looked lovely in the Manos del Uruguay and he loved it. Here it is when I started it. Imagine, if you will, it finished and approximately four feet long. That's Milo blurred in the corner. He has a thing for wool.

I also a knit an Irish Hiking Scarf for my dad using Malabrigo. I've had Malabrigo in my stash for awhile now, but this was the first time I've knit with it. Now I understand what all of the fuss is about. It's divine. Smooth as butter. There's Milo again.

Project: Irish Hiking Scarf
Yarn: Malabrigo, Rich Chocolate color 161
Needles: KnitPicks Options size 8
Start: November 12, 2008
Finish: December 20, 2008

Since I finished waaay before Christmas, I decided he also needed some fingerless gloves. So I cast on the Maine Morning Mitts. I went up a needle size than the pattern suggested so that they would be a little bigger for a man's hands. These were knit up in two evenings.

Project: Maine Morning Mitts
Yarn: Noro Kureyon color 178
Needles KnitPicks Options size 8
Start: December 21, 2008
Finish: December 23, 2008

My mom told me today that he's been wearing both the scarf and the mitts. There will likely be a sweater in his future. Maybe next Christmas. Maybe.

I made another pair of Fetchings for my friend Wendy who I saw yesterday. I ran out of yarn at the bind off and still needed to knit the thumb, so I made an emergency trip to the yarn store for another ball. Sadly, I was finishing them in the parking lot right before seeing her, so I did not get a picture.

That's it for this year's holiday knits. It's New Year's Eve and I'm giving some thought to goals for 2009 of the knitting variety and otherwise.

Happy New Year everyone!!!