So here we are. The projects that rounded out the year.
First, I apologize for the poor quality of this first picture. I forgot to take a photo before I gave these as a gift, and only had a quick moment to grab a photo after giving it. You can see what the stitch pattern better by looking at photos on the Ravelry pattern page.
Pattern: Harvest Dew by Yvette Noel
Yarn: Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stealer in Thus With a Kiss I Die, .66 skein (287.1 yards)
Needle: US 1
Date started: November 26, 2015
Date completed: December 9, 2015
I made these socks for my mother as part of her birthday present. I’ve used this same yarn for socks for myself, and really like the base. It was my first pair of socks with cashmere content, and if anyone deserves socks with cashmere it’s my mom. When I went to the Leading Men Fiber Arts website to figure out which colorway to buy, I started with looking at yarns with pink in them. My mom likes pink. At the same time I happened to glance down on the floor, where I spotted the Amazon box with the books I ordered for my mom as another part of her birthday present. I noticed that one book had a white cover, the other had a violet color. I looked up and saw this colorway – the colors of each book plus pink. Perfect!! It was meant to be!! This yarn was a delight to knit with, and I really enjoyed the pattern as well. It’s great for variegated yarn, so I recommend it if you have a highly variegated yarn but don’t want to knit a plain vanilla sock.
Pattern – Inspired by Dramaticknits’ Foliage Boomerang
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in 8891 Cyan (1.28 skeins, 349.4 yards) and 9570 Concord Grape (.6 skein, 163.8 yards)
Needle: US 6
Date started: October 15, 2015
Date completed: December 22, 2015
This was part of Tim’s Christmas present. I worried this would’t be finished by Christmas. I bought the yarn a while back. Tim picked it out. He saw these two colors in the yarn shop. They were right next to each other and thought they looked nice together. At the time I suggested I could make him a boomerang scarf, since I had made him one before and he liked it. He agreed it would be nice, but suggested that it be more blue than purple so I bought two skeins of Cyan and one of Concord Grape.
I wanted to surprise him with it for Christmas, which meant I couldn’t knit it at home. At least most of the time. I worked on it at knit group. I worked on it on the train once or twice. One of my friends at knit group took pity on me and invited me to her house to work on it one night. I told Tim that knit group was having an extra meeting before Christmas so we could all have extra time to work on Christmas presents. That wasn’t really a lie, since I was with someone from knit group and we were both working on Christmas presents. Finally, to get more time in, I started waking up early and would work on it for some time while Tim was sleeping. Eventually I got it finished, and he seems to like it. He wore it out today for the first time when we walked to the hardware store. He said it was nice and warm.
See… he likes it!!
Pattern: Nuvem by Martina Behm
Yarn: SuhRim Trading Co. Ltd. Muse in 29 – 2.83 skeins (1,709.3 yards)
Needle: US 4
Date started: May 21, 2015
Date completed: December 26, 2015
The shawl that never ends finally ended. I shouldn’t say that. It took this long because I would set it down for weeks at a time without working on it. The rounds eventually got so long that I didn’t like working on it outside the house. It was huge and difficult to maneuver sometimes because I was knitting it on two long circular needles. It’s not a method I particularly like, but it was necessary because eventually the rounds were so big.
It got to the point where this and Tim’s boomerang were the only projects I had on the needles. I was working on this at home, and Tim’s boomerang outside the home as described above. Once Tim’s boomerang was done, I decided to finish this shawl as my last FO of 2015. I worried I couldn’t get it done in time, but I finished it the day after Christmas.
And that’s it. Pretty much. I didn’t want to cast on anything new in the last few days of 2015 because I am participating in Winter Camp 2016, where we couldn’t cast on until 7:00 PM on New Year’s Eve, and I wanted anything new to count toward the camp. More about that in an upcoming post. So I spent the rest of the year knitting hexipuffs. The next post will be about that progress.