I have a new computer, and if I can get used to Windows 8 and Photoshop Elements 13, there's hope again for blogging in my future. I want to do a quick summary of my knitting in the last two months of 2014. It was a bumper year for small items for Christmas giving. There were:
Cowls for my nephew's fiancee, my young friend Steph, and my niece. From left to right: Infinitude, Purl Ridge and Avery.
Teddy Bear mittens and Color Pop beanies
For my daughter's friend's daughters (got that?). Thanks to them, our princess has an extensive wardrobe of beautiful, hardly worn clothing from pj's and play clothes to designer dresses. These are just a small thank you for all we have received.
Bunny mittens for our princess. Couldn't leave her out when I was in cute animal mittens mode.
I made her some babies too. She is a real little mother, covering her dolls with blankies, feeding them bottles, and giving them lots of hugs and kisses. This pattern by Amy Gaines is quick and easy and fun to make, not too fiddly at all. The hats come off (there's also a headband with a bow), and the babies can be knit bald or with a switch to a hair color for the top of the head.
New kitchen towels for Mom; it's been awhile. The diminishing cables don't show up well in variegated yarn; I'll use a plain color when I knit them again. (I can't get these photos to switch to portrait orientation. Sorry about the kink in your neck. I'll try to get that figured out for next time.)
Zuzu's Petals for my sister, the cowl/shawlette hybrid by Carina Spencer. What an easy style to wear! Dressy too, in a sequined acrylic and wool blend yarn from Premier.
A guy hat for my sister's boyfriend. This was his first family gathering with us. This was also the first time I've knit Mustikka in adult size with worsted weight yarn instead of the sport/DK weight I used for the boys a couple of years ago. I still like this cable a lot.
Boot cuffs are popular this year. I tried two patterns with the cable going different directions. The horizontal ones for Stephanie are Braided Boot Cuffs. Would you believe she paid $30 for a pair very like these from a specialty shop before she asked if I had a pattern and could knit her another pair! I made a pair for my niece too, after she saw the others when she was here for Christmas.
For my daughter, for variety, I switched to vertical cables in the Jennifer Boot Cuffs. These are knit on dp's and don't have to be seamed, an advantage in the opinion of some knitters. The braided cuffs above are knit flat and seamed or grafted, but the seam is short, so don't let that dissuade you. I like the looks of both patterns.
The ones that got away without photos were the last of the Parisian Twist Headwraps, in rust (you've seen lots of those in the previous post), and some striped flip-top mittens to match, for my nephew's stepdaughter. Also two little hats for the twins born to my other nephew last April. Amanda Keeys' Baby Beanies has been getting quite a workout. (It's the source of the Color Pop beanies too.) I knit the Little Boy Blue pattern for the Mansie in the same colors shown in the book photo. I knit the same Classic Cap that I had made for our princess for the SwissMiss, but in a nice mauve Bernat Satin this time. Since both hats had tassels, I felt they made a nice set. These items were the last to be finished, since we didn't see my husband's side of the family until the new year/birthday celebrations. My daughter and my younger grandson are a year older already.
New for me: Norah Gaughan's Blossom Hat from an old Vogue magazine, in the specified Blackstone Tweed yarn, a gift from my friend Jude, for whom I often knit.
And mittens which I think match quite well, Northanger Abbey mittens from the Fall 2012 Jane Austen Knits magazine. They also called for Blackstone Tweed and knit up beautifully. I did make the cuffs about 3 inches shorter - 7 inches was much more than I needed jammed into my parka sleeves. These are still longer than most.
I also knit myself some house slippers from the old Patons free leaflet your grandmother might have used. as mine did. I updated them with a little flower as shown in My Grandmother's Knitting, instead of the traditional pompom. I did put Puffy Paint dots on the soles so I won't wipe out on the hardwood floors.
The yarn is a discontinued bulky acrylic/alpaca blend, Patons Rumor, which I got in a batch of knitting needles, patterns, and yarn from the president of our Italian Ladies' Auxiliary. This is the third time that I've received in a roundabout way the stash of someone who's passed on. I've become that lady you call when you have knitting related stuff to give away free to a good home. I spent a lovely afternoon browsing a little suitcase full of vintage pattern books and used some of the yarn for these slippers and some Wool Ease for my niece's boot cuffs. I'd like to think that my friend's daughter's late mother-in-law somehow knows that her things came to someone who appreciated and made use of them.
I think that ends the 2014 roundup. I'm looking forward to getting back to some garment knitting for myself in 2015, before gift season comes around again.