I try not to set too many knitting goals for December. The season is already stress-filled (even if you opt out of most of the consumerism like I try to do) and I find no joy in knitting against a deadline. I know my limits for knitting Christmas gifts during November and December so most of my gift knitting has been fun little things. Since it’s already been mailed/ received and modeled, I can show you the hat I knit for my Granddaughter. I call it the Li’l Penny. It’s a scaled down version of my Santa Bang-y hat (pattern now in PDF assuming the linky works). (To your right =>). Here’s what it looks like next to the original:
and here is my sweet Sylvia modeling it.
|A hat from Nana!|
|she's already experimenting with her sense of style|
Pattern: Santa Bang-y
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 100 White / 700 Red
Size 4 needles
And I knit her a Teddy Bear complete with removable skirt:
Then, I used some of the leftover white and some blue (Marine) Trendsetter Merino VI to whip up these for my nephews.
Size 3 dpn
I also whipped up a hat and fingerless mitts for my Niece
Pattern: Zig Zag Beanie by Dawn Leeseman / Mitts improvised
Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic / Lavender
Size 8 needles
I also knit a couple of fun ornaments that doubled as gift tags:
Pattern: Tee-Tiny Raglan
Yarn: Assorted scraps of fingering
Needles: Size 2.5 mm (I think)
Then I finished another pair of socks:
Pattern: Basic Sock pattern; Eye of partridge heel / 2 row alternating color stripes
Yarn: Mini Mochi in Neptune and Mocha
Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
I showed you the cowl in a previous post and since I fell in love with the yarn I used for my cowl, I decided I HAD to have a pair of matching mittens …
Pattern: Improvised (I’m writing it up, but my notes are partially illegible so it will be a bit)
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky Hand Paint in CP21/Winter Queen
Size 9 dpn
For the easily impressed, I want to note that most of the projects above (excluding socks) are one or two evening projects and easily accomplished while watching TV. And I knit fast.
I also started another pair of socks… the last of my 2010 Personal / Self-imposed Sock Club:
|Scarborough Fair Socks|
I’ll provide the full details when these are finished. These are a bit fiddly so they are slower going, but I hope to finish them in December. (HOPE)
And to round out the year, I started one more shawl. I cast on for Annis with some of this, (color 158) but I’m only 9 rows in so there’s not much to show yet.
So that's what I've been up to lately since the last two projects I posted. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and as I do, look forward to what 2011 brings.