Archive for March, 2010

Well, after QUITE a long blog silence, I can finally post about the gift knitting I’ve been doing since fall. A while back, my BFF Mela mentioned that she’d really like a pair of kneesocks. So, of course, that immediately went on my list of projects to make. I finally started them back in October (after having purchased the yarn way back around… July, I think) and finished them up mid-February (working on several other project simultaneously, as usual). As you can see below, they fit great and Mela just loves ’em!

Mela’s Kneesocks

  • Pattern: hybrid of WendyKnits toe-up socks with slip-stitch heel + calf increases from Knee Socks! by Diana Parrington
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm), 40″ circular (2-at-a-time Magic Loop method)
  • Yarn: Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Colori Socka Color 100, the oh-so-descriptive colorway #15
  • Started 10/14/09, finished 2/12/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Then, in the midst of working on Mela’s socks, I received a request from my high school friend Scott (um, a friend from when I was in high school… he’s not in high school now… in fact, neither one of us is…) for several handknitted items: matching hat and fingerless gloves, and a pair of nice, warm socks. Knowing that dear Scotty is one to appreciate some great handknitted goodies, I was glad to oblige (and had the perfect yarns for all three in my stash).

Scottyproject #1: Jacques Cousteau Hat

  • Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat by Typy
  • Needles: U.S. 4 (3.5mm), 30″ circular (using Magic Loop technique)
  • Yarn: Fearless Fibers sportweight superwash merino, Marrakesh colorway (LOVE this stuff, so soft)
  • Started 11/1/09, finished 11/4/09 (VERY fast knit!)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Scottyproject #2: Gridiron Socks

  • Pattern: Gridiron by Anne Hanson
  • Needles: U.S. 1 (2.25mm), good old-fashioned double points, one sock at a time
  • Yarn: Araucania Ranco, colorway #308
  • Started 11/4/09, finished 12/5/09 (not too bad for men’s socks…)
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Scottyproject #3: Knucks

  • Pattern: Knucks by Pamela Grossman (plain, no embroidery)
  • Needles: U.S. 4 (3.5mm), double points, worked 1 glove at a time
  • Yarn: Fearless Fibers sportweight superwash merino, Marrakesh colorway
  • Started 2/13/10, finished 2/17/10
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And shortly after I began working on the Scottyprojects, my fitness friend Terri requested a pair of fingerless gloves to keep her hands warm in the office, while still allowing her to type. I took a photo of a couple different yarns for her to pick from, and she chose a self-striping pastel one with a pastel blue background.

Terri’s Fingerless Gloves

  • Pattern: based on Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller (used stitch counts and instructions for thumb gusset/finger dividing)
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) 40″ circular (worked 2-at-a time up to dividing for fingers) and U.S. 1 (2.25mm) double points for fingers and thumbs
  • Yarn: ONline Supersocke Cotton Summer Color, colorway #1041
  • Started 2/18/10, finished 2/21/10
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I also managed to crank out a hat and a pair of mittens for my nephew Billy, for Christmas. I used up the leftover yarn from Craig’s Transformers Hat.

Billy’s Hat & Mittens

  • Patterns: Improvised my own for the hat, and used Kathy’s Mittens by Chris de Longpré
  • Needles: U.S. 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing and U.S. 6 (4.0mm) for main portions of hat & mittens; converted mitten pattern to be worked in the round
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, black & coast grey colorways
  • Mittens started 11/18/09, finished 11/19/09; hat started & finished 11/19/09 (another quickie knit!)
  • Links to my Ravelry project pages (login required): Mittens, Hat

While all this knitting was going on, I embarked on a large knitting project (which I’m still trying to finish…): a log cabin blanket for my parents. It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but I didn’t make that deadline, obviously.

Log Cabin Blanket in progress… details to come later.

Through all this, I’ve confirmed what I already knew… that I’m as much a process knitter as I am a product knitter. I truly enjoy just knitting, even if it’s not something I’m going to use myself. But still, I think for the next few projects, I’m going to stick to making stuff for myself. 😉 (Well, I do have one more thing planned to make for a friend in the next couple of months…)

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