I am trying to plan Christmas gifts, which I probably should have done ages ago. I always have grand ideas, but don’t always achieve what I want. Will blogging about it keep me accountable? Maybe.
I tend to knit other people’s patterns for Christmas gifts (though I have at least one original idea in mind for someone), and who better to start with than Elizabeth Zimmermann? Or so I thought.
I was going to make the Fishtrap Aran hat from Knitter’s Almanac, but about one row in I realized that a hat that is that heavily cabled was probably not the best idea. If I’m going to be successful in finishing gifts, I have to be realistic!
The yarn is Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran, which is sadly now discontinued. I’m wasn’t sure how the color will be received – though it looks like a rust from afar, up close you can see some purple-y flecks in the tweed. Since I was intending this to be manly, I was worried about the bit of purple.
I love the yarn, though, and decided that it would be great with Leo’s coloring. I am making a plain version of the Cheery Scrap Cap for Leo to wear out on the playground at his preschool. Of course, that doesn’t hep me finish Christmas gifts any more quickly! To make things more manageable, I intend to make this a multicraftual Christmas. That means knitting, sewing and even a little crochet – I know I don’t have tons of time, and sewing and crochet are much faster.
I’ve long thought seed stitch might be my favorite stitch pattern, but this sweater definitely confirms it. I’ve knit 14-16 inches of seed stitch so far (time to measure again!), and have yet to grow tired of it. Such great texture and dimension without too much work!
The yarn is Cascade Ecological Wool
and the pattern is forthcoming. I sketched this out over a year ago, so it’s nice to finally make this sweater a reality!
My first day of the KCWC was spent at the Knit Nook, (did you know they’re open on Mondays again? Come say hi!) so I naturally spent my time knitting.
First up, the Tomten. It’s quite different than the last photo I posted, but yesterday I just made a bit of progress on the second sleeve. I think I can easily finish this by the end of the week, assuming my children cooperate.
I was originally worried that it would be too small, so I asked Leo to put it on. Though he started waving his arms around “to be like a bird” before I snapped the photo, making my carefully arranged sleeves go astray, I do believe it will fit all winter long.
Disheveled, but cute.
I also worked on the I-desperately-need-to-finish-this project, my Little Scholar Vest. I wove in all the ends, sewed the shoulder seams, and began the armhole ribbing. I am hoping to finish this TONIGHT after the boys go to bed . . . we’ll see. An hour should be enough time to at the very least make some serious progress.
See ya tomorrow with pictures from Day 2.
The Knit Nook just happens to be an excellent place for photo shoots. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense – who better to appreciate your need to document your hard work than other knitters? Plus, there’s always someone handy to snap a photo.
Molly and I decided that today would be stiletto day at the Knit Nook (why not?) and we also both ended up wearing handknit sweaters. Mine is Liesl
(which I should probably do a proper blog post about), and Molly’s is Emmaline
. Then it turned out we both had extra yarn from our sweaters that we turned into crochet things for our heads. Molly made a headband using her remaining Araucania Nature Cotton
, and my Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton
became the Beginner Friendly Cap
from Crochet Today
So to review:
Hand knit sweaters? Check.
Matchy-matchy crochet accessory? Check.
iPhone Knit Nook photo? Check.
A fun Saturday at the Knit Nook? Double check.