Now that Christmas is over and most gifts distributed to their intended recipient I can at last show off the things I’ve been working on for months. I actually started knitting for Christmas back in the summer (that was my excuse for slacking off studying to knit – it wasn’t slacking off it was getting ready for Xmas).
As this is going to be long and picture heavy, I’m using the fold so click on ‘more’ if you want to wade through everything my friends and relashuns got for Christmas (apologies for some poor quality pictures due to grabbing last minute shots before wrapping)
After much pattern browsing on ravelry and what I am choosing to call swatching rather than started and abandoned attempts, I finally worked out what to do with about the Scarf of Doom. I’m using the Ruggles #1 Original Scarf pattern and am liking the way it’s looking so far. I am still dithering about the width but am not starting over again so the width it is now is the width it will be (I think it will turn out about 22 cm unblocked and 27 cm blocked and if you don’t think that’s a good width for a scarf for a large – 6 ft tall – man, please don’t tell me).
Now I have to leave my knitting and go out into the big bad cold world to buy those few presents I can’t knit or buy on Amazon. But before I go, reading Yarn Harlot’s post reminded me I have someone else to buy for (which I can do easily online)
Imagine that your family, however big or small it is, gets another member. A baby is born, someone marries, it happens all the time. Now, naturally…as is the case when someone is added to a family, they are welcome at your winter festivities and they will be fed and receive a gift (or, in the case of many of our families, multiple gifts.) When a new family member is added, no-one declines to feed them because you can’t afford it, no-one refuses to buy them a birthday or holiday gift because the family is big enough. You spend a little less on each other person, you spread your budget around, maybe if you’re really broke you make them a card… but you make it work.
The challenge is to imagine this person has been added to the list of people you care for in some way, and to give their share to my favourite good guys, Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders.
In short, and to the best of your ability, I want you to include MSF/DWB and the people they help to your family
More about Knitters without Borders
My knitting mojo has deserted me, for I have foundered on the Scarf of Doom.
I am trying to knit a scarf for my dad for Christmas. After extensive discussions with my sister (my dad being rather particular about his likes and dislikes) I settled on a colour and bought the perfect yarn. But selecting the right pattern has been a nightmare. I want something a little more special than plain ribbing and of course ravlery is full of beautiful looking scarves but when you look closely, surprisingly few of them are reversible. It’s a personal thing but me, I don’t much like a scarf with a wrong side. And many of them curl unless blocked severely. I can do that the first time of course, but I can’t expect mum to block dad’s scarf every time it’s washed; plus I’ve noticed a tendency of even blocked scarves to curl when damp. So no wrong sided curling patterns would suit.
So it’s going to be reversible cables, I think. But again, none of the patterns on rav are exactly what I’m looking for so I’m going to have to improvise. I might even use moss stitch1. I don’t like moss stitch. Or rather, I love how it looks, elegant and (of course) reversible. But I hate knitting it. Bah. Did I mention my dad is picky?
1. this may be ‘seed stitch’ to you
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Tagged scarves, WiP
Lovin’ the boteh so much I had to make another one. This one was for my mother-out-law’s birthday and used some BFL sock yarn with lovely autumnal colours. I decided to try stitching photos together to show the whole scarf. This turned out not to be such a good idea, but you get the general idea.
pattern: Boteh by Kathy Merrick
yarn: Dazzle (100% BFL) by The Natural Dye Studio;
hook: 4 mm
There was an article in the paper today about the Oxfam Knitted Blanket Petition: these are the squares our knitting group sent in:
And because flattery gets you everywhere, I’m making another pair of Evenstar gloves so I can write up the pattern, because I keep getting messages on ravelry asking me to *blush*
I have won my first Ravelympics medal, in the scarf stroke event, with my Boteh Scarf:
Pattern: Boteh scarf by Kathy Merrick
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid
Hook: 4 mm
Loved this pattern and am really glad I bought it. It looks complicated at first but is quite easy to follow and to memorise. The only real problem I had was with the finishing, crocheting all around the edge of the scarf. Pattern says do about 2 stitches for 3 rows but that was far too tight for me, after 4 or 5 times of trying different combinations I ended up crocheting a stitch for every row. I think I will be cranking out a few of these for Christmas presents.
And I am half way through my first sock put sock, fingers crossed I will get it done before the closing ceremony. And must not forget my flag or my WiP wrestling either … (sorry, did you say ‘work’ or ‘studying’? didn’t year you, lalalalalalaalala I can’t hear you ….)
Oh and these are Bea’s socks, I don’t think I ever put up a picture of them after they were finished:
Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Regenwald / Rainforest (shade 1614 Frog)
Pattern: Violet Green Sock Pattern Generator
Needles: 2.5 mm Clover Takumi bamboo dpns
Ummm and I seem to have somehow aquired more sock yarn ….
oh OK then I bought it, had some spare money at the end of the month which I spent at Violet Green and the Natural Dye Studio. So all my disrectionary spends for thismonth (and next) were spent, and the very next day I went and left my mobile phone on the bus and need to buy a new one ….. oh well, mobile phones don’t keep your loved ones’ toes warm in winter.
Yay the ravelympics have started! I started two of my events while watching some of the opening ceremony:
Scarf Stroke (Boteh scarf)
Sock Put (Jaywalker sock)
Go Team Tardis!
I think I’m maybe all one-skeined out now. Owen asked for one of his own (after I refused to allow him near my beautiful violet cashmerino one), and chose the colours himself. I usually say I don’t do requests but actually for Owen (and Rob, if he asked), I do. And Owen gets brownie points for beig an appreciative sock recipient, telling me how cosy his socks are. He laughs at me when I tell them that’s because of all the love I knitted into them, though.
Pattern: ‘One Skein Scarf’ from Stitch’n’Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker [mod: made shorter than original pattern]
Yarn: Patons UK Fairytale Colour 4 Me DK 06304 Peppermint & 06305 lemon, Hooks: 6mm & 5 mm
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The 7th of these I’ve made in 2 months, this one for our lovely neighbour and cat-sitter. Was in a hurry to give it to her so not a great photo and, my bad, didn’t block it.
Pattern: ‘One Skein Scarf’ from Stitch’n’Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker [mod: made slightly shorter than original pattern (ca. 20 chains shorter on foundation chain) in order to get one scarf from 2 50g balls; also I think a shorter scarf is more manageable than the original]
Yarn:Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran shade 617