WIP Wednesday-Christmas Knitting? Really?

I know what you’re thinking, but I only got one of the convertible mitts for my nephew finished by Christmas. I gave him the one I had finished, but I had to take it back so I could make sure I knitted the second one to match. Poor kid! On the gift tag, I wrote “To Nep_ _ _  From Au_ _  Because it’s only half done!” He got a kick out of that.

I made good progress on the second one this week:

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I’ve got about six or eight rows left on the main part of the mitt, then I can work on the flap and finish the thumb. Most of the thumb gets knitted when you knit the gusset, so there’s just the top of the thumb and the thumb flap to do on that. I doubt I’ll get it done this week, but I want to finish as soon as I can so my nephew can wear them.

Now that the holidays are over, I can replenish my supply of knitted cup sleeves. I buy a lot of single balls of yarn with no particular plan for them, so I started knitting sleeves for my Starbucks cups. Now and then someone will say how much they like the sleeve I’m using, so I give it to them. You should see their faces light up! I gave out my last one a couple weeks before Christmas, so I need to knit some more. For the current one, I’m using my go-to pattern, Kitamu.

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The pattern doesn’t show up very well with this yarn, but knitting into the row below makes for a nice cushy sleeve. Now that I know how many stitches to cast on (the first version had about 12 stitches too many), I can do one in an evening or two.

Did you have to finish any projects after Christmas? Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting

I’m in the thick of Christmas knitting this week. The last grab bag I got from Wollmeise had a skein of yarn in Ravens colors, and I knew I had to use it to knit something for my nephew, who is a huge fan. I’m tinkering with the numbers on Podster Gloves to make them fit a 10-year-old’s hands. If I get too close on time, I might have to leave the convertible part off or give him one finished mitt to make sure it fits before I finish the other one.

I was looking for a hat pattern that would work with the color patterning in the yarn, and someone on Ravelry suggested Rayonnante sur le Tapis Rouge. It turns out that the designer was looking for knitters to test the English translation of the pattern. Perfect! You knit the brim sideways first, then pick up stitches along the edge to knit the crown. The brim doesn’t look like much so far, but it will look better once I graft the ends and pick up for the crown. And block it–blocking works wonders.

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The dark colors are actually purple and black. I need to work on taking better in-progress pictures, but it’s hard to get decent shots when it gets dark so early. I’m usually at the mercy of the lighting in my kitchen.

The hat for my cousin’s son is on hold since the projects for my nephew are due first. BUT…I found out at Thanksgiving that we’ll be celebrating Christmas with that part of the family on the 27th, so I don’t have as much time as I thought. Time for me to get off the computer and get knitting!

WIP Wednesday

(Yes, this is getting posted on Thursday, but I didn’t have enough light to get a decent picture last night.)

This week’s WIP is the start of my Christmas knitting. As usual, I’m starting later than I should, but I don’t have a lot planned this year. My cousin’s son has been having a rough time lately, so even though he’s not within the knit-worthy inner circle, I wanted to give him something a little special this year.

2014-11-20 14.42.04The pattern is my go-to hat pattern, Turn A Square by Jared Flood. The decreases make a square pattern on the crown, which I like. The blue yarn is Berocco Vintage, and the green is Classic Elite Liberty Wool. The colors are subtle, but I didn’t want to use anything too crazy for a 16-year-old!

I won’t see that part of the family until around New Year’s, so the hat will be put on the back burner while I work on a gift for my nephew. Stay tuned for next week’s WIP Wednesday for a peek at that one!

New Feature: WIP Wednesday

Here’s something for the knitters out there: I’m starting a new feature called WIP Wednesdays. For those who don’t knit, WIP stands for work in progress, a project that I’m currently working on. Now, I have a lot of WIPs because what I work on at a particular time depends on my mood and where I’ll be knitting. A half-finished afghan isn’t very portable, and some patterns need a lot of concentration, so those stay home. I always have something on the needles that I can take with me and/or I can knit without having to pay much attention.

This week’s first WIP is almost an FO, or finished object. (Look how much you’re learning today!) It’s a basic sock pattern, so the yarn is doing all the work. It’s not easy to photograph socks on the needles, so you’ll have to use your imagination a bit. I’ve got a few rows left before I shape the toes, but that will only take an hour or so. Maybe next week, I’ll inaugurate FO Friday!

I love me some zebra!

I love me some zebra!