Monthly Archives: January 2010

In Which an Account of Christmas Knitting is Delayed, But Finally Here!

Last Christmas (as in 2008.  Clarification is necessary, as this post is so delayed that one could logically assume I mean 2009.  Maybe one day my blogging skills will be up to par!) was the first Christmas that I was a skilled enough knitter to make gifts for everyone I knew.  I also had a lot of time on my hands, since I just started college, had no job, and took all general education classes.  Everyone got hats, except for my mother, who I made a lace scarf for.

This Christmas (as in 2009), I was writing anywhere from two to five papers a week, reading at least 400 pages of stories and essays, and working 15 hours.  I originally planned to make everyone gloves and mittens, but there was no way that was ever going to happen.  I did, however, get a few projects done for the people who either specifically asked for them, or who I just didn’t know what else to get them.

First up is my roommate, who I didn’t know last year, and therefore did not receive a Star Crossed Slouchy Beret, which is the pattern I made for everyone, about eight people.  She requested one in purple, and while I don’t have a picture, I assure you it is adorable.  She is one of those people that looks unfairly cute in everything, so you can imagine.

For my mother, I usually have gift ideas, but this year I was apparently off my game.  And when I’m stuck for ideas, gifts or otherwise, I work it out with a skein of Malabrigo.

Pattern: Lace and Twist Gloves by Silka Burgoyne
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Violeta Africana
Mods: Just finger length.

I love these gloves.  Gloves are just fun to make in general, and these are both simple and elegant at the same time.  All in all, a success!

Finally, mittens for my grandmother:

Pattern: Chevalier Mittens by Mari Muinonen
Yarn: Cascade 220
Mods: If I remember correctly, I took out some of the optional rows, but now I don’t know which ones, if any.

Last year, I made a hat for my other grandmother, but since I’ve never seen this grandmother wear any sort of winter accessory, I just assumed she didn’t want one.  Naturally, I was wrong, so to make up for it, I made her these mittens.  She loves them, and keeps sending me letters telling me so, which is nice.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so excited about something I knit them, so they were worth it even if she doesn’t end up wearing them that much.  That pattern itself was very easy to follow, and went quickly.  I was running late with them, as their creation coincided with finals week, so I had to finish the fingers in the car on the way to her house, then knit the thumbs while I was there.  It worked out okay, though, because that way I could tell how long the thumbs needed to be.