Monday, November 17, 2008

In the works

Oh my. My queue and work basket overfloweth. I am actually in the mood for making gifts, and am trying to capitalize on that urge. As it is for most everyone, money is tight, but I actually have many folks in my life whom I deem knit-worthy and I like them to know I think of them. That being said, I am nearly done with mitts started last year (the year of the fingerless mitt -- arg!) for my sis-in-law,

and have to re-start some made for my mom-in-law. I could not for the life of me figure out why the mitts I had nearly completed for her last year -- in the amazingly fantastic Acker's Acres Bunny Blend, bought in Maine -- were so darned tight. I had knit these mitts (my own Smocked Gauntlets -- see sidebar) 3 other times with no problem. Then I discovered that what I thought were size 3 dpns were 2s. Doh. So, they will be for Rachel, whenever I get to the finishing. I am debating using some lovely hand-spun for MIL instead, and perhaps a different pattern this time.
I am also working ponchos for my "nieces" in Kauni EQ on size 8s to make them nice and airy. The girls and their brother live in the Dominican Republic, which makes for difficult gift knitting! My cousin (their mother -- yes, that technically makes the kids my cousins, too, but we don't play that way...lol) has told me that the oldest girl still LOVES the poncho I crocheted her years ago before I knew better about yarn and anything, and that they could both use something lightweight for the cool mornings before school. And what little girl can resist a rainbow?

I've adopted the basic guidelines for the Very Harlot poncho and am throwing a few eyelet rows in for interest.
For my nephew, a Pokemon fan, I'll be picking up the hook again to make him a Pikachu doll, and am nearly done with a Mew for Rachel. I messed up the head, as it should have been in the round, but it will still work.

I'll know better for Noah's.

A scarf for hubby is in the works and nearly half done. I am making him the simple One Row Scarf (again from the Yarn Harlot). (Sorry -- no pic, but it is a very pretty green.) This poor scarf was started and ripped 4 times (in luscious Pear Tree merino) before settling on this design. I had really wanted to make him something super special, but I have little patience for scarves and needed this to be something completely mindless and painless so I could knit it at karate with out a chart to fuss with. My goal is to get this sucker done before the first real snow fall.

Then there are the hats. I have some gorgeous Kathmandu Queensland Aran in a tweedy dark charcoal to make a Gretel for my little sis (I want another one of these for myself!) and I am searching for a pattern to make another niece a hat and mitten set. I want them to have horses on them. (Off to Ravelry!!) I am also going to get working on new hats for my kiddos, a purple Cheetah Beret for Rachel and a hat of my own design for Jacob -- a Bakugan hat. Anyone with a school aged boy has probably heard of these toys, impossible to find in stores right now, and the latest obsession. I have taken one of Jacob's favorite "characters" (Fear Ripper) and charted out a reasonable facsimile, tested a swatch and am nearly good to go. I just need to pop into the yarn shop and pick up the preferred yarn in the right colors -- Debbie Bliss Rialto (nice and soft for the boy) -- and get moving. If it works out well, my young nephew here in the states will get one as well.
In the meantime, I whipped up a few slippers for the kids. They were just big socks, really, and took very little time at all.

Stashbusting for both, I used 3 strands of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes on size 10 needles for Jacob's (but am wishing I had used 2 strands of blue with the yellow and left out the sickly green) and for Rachel I used just over 2 balls of Patons Bella on US 10 1/2 dpns. Both were a cast-on of 24 stitches and then just a standard heel-flap sock from there. Nice, thick, and squishy.
In closing, I was going to say "that's it" but, well, this just may be a bit of an ambitious list, no? Oh well, no pressure. Christmas is only 35 days away. (And let's not forget that I do have to work. gulp.)

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Nice projects! (This is the year of the fingerless mitt and slipper sock for me as well, lol.) Love that little rainbow poncho.

marion said...

All I can say is Amazing!

Julie said...

You are ambitious, aren't you?
I'm going in the opposite direction this year; I'm knitting VERY LITTLE for Christmas. I think I'm just going to make 3 small girl hats from some handspun for Clover and her 2 cousins. At the rate I'm going, I'll be lucky to finish those :-)

Manise said...

Wow you are a busy bee! Nice progress on the projects.

Jeanne said...

That's a lot of knitting! The mittens are gorgeous - love the colors. I'm not doing any Christmas knitting this year - it was too stressful last year trying to get it all done so I decided to take a break.

Nichole said...

Holy projects batman!!! :) Way to go!

Anonymous said...

The mitts near the top of this November 17th post look nothing like the picture of the Smocked Gauntlet mitts, pictured in the side-bar.

Please, oh please - I would very, very much like the pattern to be able to knit the ones in the November 17, 2008 entry.

Happy knitting,
Janey
janeyknitting AT yahoo DoT ca

Jasper said...

I had to laugh when I read that you were knitting a Bakugan "Fear Ripper" because that sounds a little like crocheting a Godzilla doiley. Anyway, I now understand it's a hat; not an actual Bakugan! Good luck with that project. I'm sure he'll love it!

Cindy Yeager said...

I am checking your blog this AM and saw these slipper socks. The ones on the right that you didn't like are exactly the color of one of the yarns that I dyed and knit socks out of.

Too funny!!