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!!!


Madge said...

Happy New Year, Annette!

Good job on the prezzies. Heh, that Milo DOES have a thing for yarn.

jillian said...

Beautiful gifties! Happy 2009!