Holidays were good, relaxing, lots of food, family and good times. I taught a cousin to knit cables and picked up some yarn from my mom’s stash. I also scored a new ballwinder when I mentioned that the old one that was already old when I got it, was broken. She happened to have another old one lying around. That stash is a goldmine.
Time to close up the old year. Some things turned out well, others not, both in knitting and in life. My first year with a permanent job, and my first year as single, living alone. I met some wonderful new friends and have lots of old ones. Some things weren’t resolved this year, and there are unfinished projects (again, both in knitting and in life) that will colour 2009. I’m excitedand a wee bit .
I’ll close up 2008 by showing the knitted presents that made it under the tree. For Mom:
Pattern: Mitered mittens from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann with Kathryn Ivy’s thumb modification
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden 230 knit together with one thread thin 2-ply Askeladen merino
Needles: Uhm..4 mm??
They came a bit uneven and big in size, but Mom said she’d felt them to fit. Om the picture they are laying on an old washing/felting board used by her family. Actially it is probably not that old. Those things wore out from felting all the socks, mittens and warm felted woollen winter footwear. I like that this one is still in use.
I decided she needed some handwear for porfessional use as well. She is a kindergarden teacher. Enter the Pinch Me! glove.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Smart for the glove, sock/baby yarn scraps for the embroidery
Needles: 3 mm
When wearing this, it is impossible not letting the hand crawl along some edge, poking someone..!
A few years ago I made a collection of whimsy handwear for friends. It was a lot of trial and error involved and I never wrote up any patterns, but this little fellow decided it was time to do a comeback. Since I’m righthanded it is by far easier to embroider the left glove than the right one. So I decided to give him a fishie friend for the right hand:
Pattern: Fiber Fish by Laurie Corrievau, modified to worsted yarn
Yarn: Peer Gynt in various colours
Needles: 3.5 mm bamboo
I’ve made a few of these earlier. The pattern makes a great, well fitting mitten, but until the ends are woven in and the eyes are on the thing on the needles look…well…it just really helps getting those eyes on. The only downside is that there is a LOT of ends to weave in. The body is entrelac, but the mitered squares for the tail…lots of ends. Still, I’m sure I’ll make even more of tese at some point, and it is a great way to use up leftover yarn. I modified it to worsted yarn by casting on fewer stitches for each element.
For Dad (requested by Mom, who gave me the yarn in colours matching the sofa)
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Dale of Norway Tiur, colour 2722 natural, 9853 green (4 balls each) and 2343 brown (2 balls).
Needles: 4.5 mm circulars
I was actually asked to make this for his birthday, a loong time ago. He likes to have a little blanket over his belly when reading the paper or napping. I meant to take an “action” shot but you get the idea.. I wanted a blanket that looked ok on both sides, had some geometrical elements, didn’t involve a lot of ends to weave in, and that allowed me to knit until I was out of yarn. It took a long while and and many unenthusiastic attempts at various patterns before I found something that fit my requirements. I ended up doing a modification on the diagonally mitered squares from the Posey sock pattern and this has been my TV knitting all autumn. I’d like to do a baby version in some nice colours and write down what I did, if I can remember for that long..
There is yet another pair of mitered mittens on the way that didn’t make it under the tree in 2008. All I can say is that the old Romans gave New Year’s presents.
A very happy, warm and wonderful New Year to all of you!
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