|Would you believe, I started knitting the first xmas present in August?
Three months later, we have this:
My first lace piece and, no, it didn’t actually take three months of knitting, but about two weeks of knitting (assuming about 1 hour/session) distributed unevenly throughout the three months. It ended up being much faster than I thought; the Misti Baby Alpaca was lovely and soft to work with, and the Elann Yarns pattern was very easy to get the hang of. I neglected to count stitches for long enough that when I resumed I realised I only had four rows (plus edging) left. Now that’s a good feeling. (Mind you, I did shorten it by one repeat because I was just itching to get something else on the needles, but that’s an executive decision, not cheating. Really.)
In September I found this pattern on… oh shoot, what was it now, Get Crafty? Well, somewhere anyways, but it’s Peony Knits‘ pattern/formula and ohmygod was it fast and easy. So I knit this in two evenings: in Araucania nature wool (love the colourwash effect), and it was so fast and easy that I cast this on (in Noro Kureyon with a bit of Patons SWS to extend it) the next day and it was done the day after. Lovin’ the big needles and top-down raglan construction.
I made the finglerless mitts (WendyKnits), and later the scarf (no recipe, can’t you tell? just 2×2 rib and randomish striping) to go with them, and can I just say; the Manos del Uruguay Wool Classico is so beautiful I just wanted to sit looking at the gorgeous colours and rubbing my face in it the way my cat does with catnip. But I digress…
Then there was the hat marathon. Thorpe by Jared (Brooklyntweed) in Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed, and Mod Cables by Jeanne (Life in Cleveland) in oh-so-warm Cascade Pastaza (llama/wool – a yarn for cold climes). Yummy.
In the intervals, I knit some socks for the Other Half (henceforth known as OH), some fingerless mitts for myself (I decided I’d have to stop wearing the Manos ones if they were to go to their intended recipient, and our home gets chilly for sitting knitting), and fingerless mitts for a friend. I’ve got one WIP, and another that has gone back and forth between yarn/WIP/frogged/ several times, but I think I’ve finally grasped just how many stitches wide this scarf should be. Sheesh. Three other little things after these and I’ll be done my xmas knitting. DONE I SAY!
Then I can start my sweater. Heh heh heh. Yeah.