Back in November, I made a pact with myself. In order to avoid last-minute freaking out over unfinished Christmas gifts, I would knit only gifts for others during the entire month. If I finished all Christmas gifts by November 30, I would allow myself to start Flicca. Happily, I kept this pact, only knitting two Christmas gifts at the end of December, which I added on at the last minute. Of course, I found other things to freak out about (like trying to bake five thousand batches of Giada's Holiday Biscotti -- which I HIGHLY recommend, but not when you have lots of other things to do). Anyway, here are a few of the gifty items I made back in November.
First up, a scarf for my Ma-In-Law. I had already made her some Knucks back in October, so I wanted to do something different (fingerless mitts went to pretty much everyone else).
Pattern: 1x1 ribbing over about 25 stitches
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Paintbox, 1 ball of Borealis (04) and one ball of Rosy Denim (15), I think.
Needles: US 10 bamboo straights
This yarn was great to knit with -- very soft -- and I loved seeing how the colors would match up. I realized when I was finished that the thrift store jacket I was wearing the day I made it matched the colors exactly! Kind of weird...
Next up, two pairs of Fetchings. The first for my friend Kelly:
Pattern: Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath
Yarn: Classic Elite Skye Tweed, 1 ball of Paisley Pink
Needles: US 6 dpns
ElizaB asked me via Ravelry if the Skye Tweed was scratchy as she was thinking about using some for a pair of Dashings. I'm so glad she did because when I put them on and wore them around for awhile, I realized they were a little scratchy! A little washing cleared that right up. Not sure why I didn't do that in the first place...LAZY.
The second pair were for my sister-in-law:
Yarn: Springwater Fiber Workshop Spectrum wool and tencel (which I love)
Needles: US 6 dpns
Evan calls these her hobo gloves, which I think is cute, but I did remind her that these have CABLES on them, which make them much fancier. Hobos do NOT do cables.
Many more Christmas knits will be blogged very soon. Stay tuned!