Why is it, despite planning and executing holiday knitting year round, I always feel sorta *crunched* this time of year?
The good news is I've been a busy knitter and that puts me in the homestretch for meeting holiday knitting goals!
I don't mean to imply that I don't love holiday knitting, I do!! And my recipients love my handknits just as enthusiastically which thrills me to no end! There is nothing better than seeing someone truly happy to receive a handknit and love it so much that they put it on immediately and wear it with a huge smile on their face!
I do however confess I have weeded out the less than enthusiastic from my list, I wouldn't want you to think it's all knitting Utopia here at blog de fluffy :)
I have so much to show you so I'll jump right in!
Here's a pair of Kureyon Wristers I whipped up...
I'm not the biggest Kureyon fan cause despite it's glorious color I find it horribly scratchy and I hate pulling extraneous crap out of my yarn! But I had this pretty colorway in my stash and I wanted some really warm wristers - and believe me, Kureyon knit at 7 sts/inch makes for a dense, toasty wrister!
Exactly one skein of Kureyon, colorway #150
My own pattern
Magic loop, US#4 (3.5mm)
I literally used every inch of the skein for these. Once knit I washed them in baby shampoo and then while still wet massaged some Redken "Soft" hair conditioner into them and rinsed very well. Now they are super soft and super cuddly!
Next up, I give you La Dolce Vita!
Here she is lying down after a bath...
And the money shot...
This color is spot on on my monitor - it's a vibrant, sunny coral
La Dolce Vita Tank by Dipsy Doodle
9 skeins Knitpicks Shine Worsted in Coral
US# 3 (3.25mm) Addi Lace needle
I totally LOVE how this tank came out!! I think it is truly lovely!
It's an original design by Angela of Dipsy Doodle and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for the person I plan to give it to. The pattern is not for the feint of heart tho!
Altho the lace isn't really difficult, there is no guidance for maintaining the decreases in pattern so a knitter has to "knit on her feet" - not at all mindless but not terribly difficult if you pay attention.
Mods: I felt the armscythe as written was too deep and the V-Neck, too shallow, so I redesigned both to suit my needs. I added an extra inch to the body length. I did short row shoulders and used a 3 needle bind off for the shoulder seams. The pattern calls for a crochet edging to the neck and armscythe but I wanted a more finished look so after sewing the tank together I picked up stitches around the neck and arms and did 3 row garter stitch neck and arm bands to match the garter ridges in the pattern.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this top and despite all the mods I think it's a wonderful design (thanks Angela!) and will probably knit it again, albeit not too soon!
Wait, there's even more - I told you I was busy, busy, busy! I'm still working on my Caramel Apple Twisted Flower socks but since that was my only WIP, I cast on for a new pair of socks - check off another holiday gift, woot!
Here's my Marigold Sock...
I'm using Opal Petticoat #1290 which I think is *perfect* for this pattern! Isn't it pretty?
I'm loving this pattern cause it's really cute yet super easy! It's become my "mindless" sock when I need a respite from teenie cables and because it's such an easy pattern it's infinitely more portable than the Caramel Apples! BTW, this would be a GREAT pattern for those toe-up sock virgins out there - if you're looking for the perfect pattern to get your feet wet with, imo, this is the one! I subbed the Turkish Cast-on (of course!) for the short row toe as written so that makes it even easier.
Whew, that was a busy post! I leave you with this cute pic of the P-man...I love it because it appears as if you are looking directly into his eyes, especially if you click to embiggen...
You're getting sleepy...you're being hypnotized...send organic wild salmon treats...hehehe...
Have a great weekend/week and don't stress about holiday knitting too much - it's still early :)