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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…)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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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I finished these back on October 7th, but didn’t get around to taking a picture until today, when I wore them for the first time. These are the Diamond Gansey socks from Wendy D. Johnson’s book, Socks from the Toe Up, and I started them as part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry (they were the KAL sock for August – sheesh, took me a while!). I love the yarn — Aussi Sock from Oasis Yarn (there’s a koala on the label, how can you not love that?). The only drawback to the yarn is that I chose the charcoal gray color… so I had a bit of a time trying to see what the heck I was doing with the crappy lighting in our house. It’s a beautiful gray, though.

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Diamond Gansey Socks

  • Pattern: Diamond Gansey Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Needles: US 0 (2mm), 40″ circular needle (magic loop technique, 2 at a time)
  • Yarn: Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock, WS05 Charcoal colorway
  • Started 8/4/09, finished 10/7/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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Well, I finished my reworked headband/earwarmer for running, and as Goldilocks said, it’s just right. (And on the second try, not third!) This one is good and snug, even along the bottom across the back, it stays put, and the ponytail hole is the perfect size (though if you have tons and tons of hair, you might need a larger hole).

Here’s the front:

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And here’s the back:

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OK, maybe it’s on the verge of dorky from this angle… BUT IT WORKS.

  • Pattern: Fitness Headband/Earwarmer with Ponytail Hole (my own! download pattern PDF here, or on Ravelry)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm), 40″ circular (used magic loop technique)
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Hand Art, 511 Trinidad colorway
  • Notes: 2×2 ribbing, ponytail hole in back, short row shaping to create ear/neck flap
  • Started 10/27/09, finished 10/30/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Now I just have to make a second pair of fingerless gloves so I have a spare set (and I have just enough yarn left).

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In addition to the fingerless gloves mentioned in the previous post, I now have a handy little headband/earwarmer thingy to wear for running this winter. It’s all fine and usable as it is, but it could use a few tweaks and enhancements. Fortunately, I have just a little more than half of the yarn left over, so I can make an entire second set — and considering I’m wearing the headband and gloves for running, it’s probably a good idea to have a couple sets to alternate.

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me just before heading out for my run today in my new knitwear
(pardon the scary-n0-makeup-wide-eyed-bathroom-mirror pic)

  • Headband pattern: my own made-up thing
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm), 40″ circular (magic loop technique)
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Hand Art, 511 Trinidad colorway
  • Notes: 2×2 ribbing with ponytail hole in the back
  • Started 10/24/09, finished 10/26/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

headbandbackAnd here’s a shot of the back — you can pretty easily see one of the things I want to change next time around. The ponytail hole is just a bit too wide and not quite tall enough. Also, it’s a little loose at the bottom (part of that may be because of the bindoff I used, but generally the whole thing could have been made a little smaller). I’m also thinking a little extra coverage over the ears might be good — that will call for a bit of shaping.

Oh, and after wearing the whole ensemble for just one run, I can say that the whole thing works as I intended. Generally, pretty happy with these and I’m looking forward to improving the headband on the next set.

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While out running on an unseasonably cold day recently, I suddenly decided that what I really, really, REALLY need is something to keep my hands warm while I’m out running. But not just regular gloves or mittens. Once I’m warmed up, my hands warm up as well — so fingerless gloves seemed to be the way to go. I certainly have an overabundance of sock yarn to use up, so I went stash diving and found something suitable — a hank of Trekking Hand Art (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon) in various shades of green and purple (color #511, Trinidad). This was a gift from a knitting friend before I moved from PA to NH this past spring.

I used the Knotty gloves pattern by Julia Mueller for reference — just for the stitch counts, thumb gusset and dividing for the fingers. I didn’t do the long cuffs or cabling, and kept the fingers very short (that’s where “somewhat-fingerless” comes in).

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Absolutely Necessary Somewhat-Fingerless Gloves

  • Pattern: Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller (for some reference only as noted above)
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25mm), 5″ long Clover bamboo DPNs
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Hand Art, 511 Trinidad colorway
  • Notes: 2×2 ribbed wrist cuff, 1×1 ribbed finger & thumb ‘cuffs’, plain stockinette on palm and back of hand
  • Started 10/18/09, finished 10/24/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

fingerlessgloves3Gloves are really ridiculously easy to make. Easier than you would think. (Though working on small areas like the fingers can get tedious — but I don’t mind the fine detail work like that.) One thing I can say for sure, though, is that I prefer fingerless gloves with divided fingers, as opposed to mitts that just have a thumb hole and one opening for all four fingers. They stay put much better.

I still have quite a bit of the yarn leftover — I don’t think I even used half of it. Next up is a headband/earwarmer with a ponytail hole in the back, using the same yarn.

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Wow, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last update! Well, I do have some FOs to report. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

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Dad’s Socks (Birthday Gift)

First up… I made my Dad a pair of socks for his birthday. I never know what to get him for gifts, and I have even less of a clue when it comes to thinking of what to knit for him. So I figured I’d take a stab at knitting him a pair of socks. They’re too thick for him to wear with his dress shoes, so they’ll be “around the house” socks for him.

  • Pattern: Gentleman Socks by Kristi Schueler
  • Size: Men’s Large
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm), Magic Loop one at a time (didn’t do 2 at a time because of the number of stitches)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy, Flax colorway
  • Modification: I didn’t do the eye of partridge stitch on part of the sole as the pattern directed… mostly because I totally missed that instruction
  • Started 7/22/09, finished 8/4/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I also made another pair of footies for my Mom for her birthday — same as the first pair I made, but in solid purple (sorry, no FO pic). For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page.

Just last week, I finished a new project I started as car-knitting in September: my Clown Barf Scarf.

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Clown Barf Scarf

When we took a trip to Pennsylvania the weekend after Labor Day, I needed a simple project to work on in the car. I’ve had this yarn in my stash for quite a few months now, earmarked for this particular scarf. So I cast on and worked a few inches to get started a couple days before we left. It’s finally finished — I used 3 skeins of yarn, but wish I’d bought a fourth. It’s just barely long enough, and I would have preferred it a little longer. But it’ll work.

  • Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
  • Yarn: Mirasol Hacho, colorway #300 (muted rainbow hues)
  • Modification: The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and US 11 needles; the yarn I used is more of a DK weight, so I used smaller needles and cast on more stitches (45, I think).
  • Started 9/9/09, finished 10/6/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I’m calling it clown barf because I admired the yarn on several trips to the yarn shop, but held off buying it because I wasn’t sure if the colors were too bright and “clowny”. Turns out the colors look a bit more muted, especially when knitted up, but I already had the name in my head so that’s what it is!

And finally, I was able to knit something for my husband. He’s always warm, so there’s no way I ever need to knit him a sweater. And forget about socks, a scarf, or gloves. But his head is practically shaved, and now that we live in New England he needed a warm hat for winter.

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Transformers (Autobot) Hat

  • Pattern: Transformer Inspired Autobot Symbol Chart by Nancy Fry (not really a hat pattern, just a chart for the graphic); referred to Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk for sizing/stitch count only
  • Size: Mens Large
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing and US 6 (4.0mm) for body of hat, Magic Looped
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Black and Coast Grey colorways
  • Started 10/7/09, finished 10/12/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

In hindsight, I probably should have used smaller needles. The hat fits fine in the circumference, but it’s just a wee bit tall. The motif takes up quite a bit of space. I think you’d have to use a lighter weight yarn to use this motif on a child’s size hat.

I also finished another pair of socks for myself… but haven’t taken pictures of them yet. So that will be a finished object post for another day!

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Shocking, I know.

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On-Hold Socks

  • Pattern: On-Hold Socks by Wendy D. Johnson (from the book, Socks from the Toe Up)
  • Size: Medium (66-stitch circumference)
  • Needles: US 0 (2.0mm), Magic Loop 2-at-a-time
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints, color 9872 (shades of blue ranging from dark slate to navy)
  • Techniques: Judy’s Magic Cast-on toe, slip-stitch heel, Russian bind-off (used US 1.5 (2.5mm) needle for bind-off)
  • Started 7/2/09, finished 7/21/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

This is definitely a pattern you need to pay attention to. While I didn’t have any major mistakes that required serious frogging, tinking, or ripping back in general, there were a couple of times when I had to either tink* back a whole row (or close to it) or pick up a stitch a couple rows down where I forgot to do a yarnover. Learning how to fix mistakes in your knitting without having to undo several entire rows is a valuable skill to have in your bag of tricks. Not something I’d want to do on a complicated, open lacework piece — because it would be really hard to avoid making it look totally awful — but for something small and less complicated like these socks it’s pretty handy.

Next on the list is some gift knitting, so no blogging about that until the items are gifted (and, um, I have to actually start them first). But there will probably be another pair of socks on the needles in August for the next monthly installment of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL. At least that should be bloggable!

*For my non-knitting, blog-reading friends, here’s a vocabulary lesson: “tink” is “knit” spelled backwards. Tinking is undoing your knitting one stitch at a time by un-knitting it, as if you were playing a video of your knitting in reverse. Oh, and “frogging” is when it’s so far gone you just have to “rippit”. Srsly. I am not making this up. These are Official Knitting Terms.

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