Thursday, January 3, 2008

I really did finish the holiday knitting.

I just haven't gotten around to blogging it. I finished the snowman for my mil back in October or November.
Then I turned out the Very Cropped Top Hoodie from Magknits, for my 13 year old godchild in about 4 days. I wasn't planning on this one at all, but the lys where I work had Big Ball by Schoeller+Stahl on sale 50% off! I used only about a ball and half and size 17 needles for the whole thing. I crocheted the edging around the neckline and hood.
Then I began Blustery. I used Baby Twist in a gorgeous chocolate brown by Alpaca with a Twist. I can't say enough good things about this pattern. It's classic and well shaped. The shaping keeps things interesting and the softness of the yarn kept me chugging along. I got to learn how to do a tubular cast on and a sewn tubular cast off. Both of these techniques produced beautiful professional looking results, but, be forewarned they take for freakin' ever. I'm glad I did it though, and I will no doubt use them again. The vest was blocking by 10:30 AM on Christmas Eve morning. A personal best for me. I did have to sew on the buttons and wrap it after midnight, but the actual knitting was done. I still need a modeled shot. My mom wore it the one day I didn't have my camera with me. I'll show you the boring flat shot though.
About 3/4 of the way through Blustery, I stopped for a quickie, one skein project. This time I used Big Baby by Alpaca with a Twist (I love this stuff!) and made some cabled fingerless mitts for Maggie's kindergarten teacher. It took less then an evening each. I used size 10 needles and had to skip a few rows of the pattern to make sure I had enough yarn. I finished with just a couple yards leftover.
Thus concludes my very first round of holiday knitting that ended without a minor breakdown on my part. Now, I'm eagerly knitting projects that had been put on hold for the holidays. It's so nice to have no deadlines!

2 comments:

Gina said...

Wow Dani! That's really productive. I love the hoodie for your godchild. She's going to love it.

What if we started on our holiday knitting, like, now? Then we avoid the crunch at the end. I sort of did that with my mom--by making her clapotis back in the summer time, all I had to do was wrap it up. I didn't get around to other things for people, which I regret. I am thinking of writing everything down that I want to do, and working on it in increments. And who knows, maybe there will be some SOCKS on that list. LOL!

~Melissa~ said...

You did a lot of work Dani - great job!

I too have been enjoying no deadline knitting. I second what Gina said, I'm going to try and do a bit of holiday knitting throughout the year...it might make things a bit less stressful.