I'm pretty much done with my gifts this year, I got impatient and gave my mother hers early (it was the Modern Quilt Shawl), so I have to finish the Garnstudio A-line cardigan she commissioned from me, so she has a gift to unwrap. Then there's DH's socks, but he isn't really interested in getting anything, so if I don't make it in time, it's no big deal. He also knows what he's getting, he chose the yarn.
My list this year:
Mom: Modern Quilt Shawl, done (and given away), and the Garnstudio A-line cardigan (one sleeve, seaming and the collar to go)
Dad: An earflap hat and peekaboo-mittens (done)
Brother: Socks (done! And wrapped!)
Grandmother, mom's side: Fingerless mittens with cuff lace pattern from a pair of Knitty socks (done, wrapped):
Grandmother, dad's side: Shawl with button and shaping (done, wrapped):
Uncle: Lovikka mittens (done, also wrapped):
Uncle's ex-wife: Cabled armwarmers in bamboo (done and wrapped):
Cousin: Cabled bag from Garnstudio (done, wrapped!):
I knit this for my SIL's baby, who is due in February. First I tried to do the skull in intarsia, but I quickly discovered that doing intarsia for the first time in the round makes for FAIL of epic amount, so I ripped it, and tried to graft a pre-knit intarsia'd patch with a skull. That was also epic FAIL, so I ripped it back and tried again, this time with a strand of turqouise mohair knit together with the acrylic to make the skull. And it worked! It was fiddly, but worth it.
The hoodie is loosely based on this pattern: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babysweraglangarterstripe.htm - though I joined it instead of doing a cardigan, and pilfered the measurements for the hood from various DROPS/Garnstudio patterns. Anyway, I just hope it'll fit the intended recipient - I miscalculated the gauge, so instead of the 3-6 m/o size I was going for, it'll probably fit a 6-12 m/o. It's something to grow into, I suppose.
The material is Himalaya 100% acrylic in light blue, and the turquoise is kid mohair. I knit it on size 4.5 mm needles, in the round. It took just over one ball of the acrylic.
Thanks all for the tips! I decided to do a shawl, after much debating. First I thought I should do a simple triangle-shaped shawl, but... that's no fun, right? So it started like a regular triangular shawl, and evolved to... not quite a triangular shawl with a button.
Anyway, this is how it looks. The yarn is some mohair blend I had in my stash (got it from my Mom when she realized she didn't like to knit, it's from the 80's - can you tell by the colours? )
Close-up of yarn and button. Big enough to be easily maneuvered by old fingers.
I didn't even know there were different ways of knitting. Turns out I'm knitting continental style.
Anyway, here's how I hold the yarn when I'm knitting (and yes, those are pink DPNs):
Exaggerated, to show how the yarn lies. That's how I tense the yarn if I notice I'm knitting to loose:
Two pics to show how I hold the rest of the yarn:
I'd say my tension varies depending on what type of yarn I use. I knit looser on DPNs than on regular needles, and mohair-type-yarn I knit very loose. Apart from that, I hold a normal tension, might be a bit on the lose side.
... for my uncle for x-mas. Traditionally, these are knit in offwhite wool yarn with red and blue, sometimes yellow, decorations. Then I found this GORGEOUS variegated turqouise Lovikka yarn, and decided to do untraditional traditional Lovikka mittens. I hope my uncle will like these, or I'll steal them back from him.
This is going to be an x-mas gift for my cousin. She's 16, and I figured that at that age you won't wear hats or scarves unless they are really, really cool, so I safed it and knit her a bag instead (this is not as crazy as it sounds - I'm knitting all my gifts this year).
The pattern is from Garnstudio, and I knit in the recommended yarn, Eskimo. The color is really neat, it varies between brown, purple and dark gray depending on light. It says it's brown mix, though I'm pretty sure it's the unspeakable color HP Lovecraft wrote about.
The bag is lined with an old dress I never used, and the handles with some satin I had laying around. The buttons are second-hand finds.
Haha, so I'm not the only one who ran into problems with that? I couldn't understand how they wanted it done, so I k2tog one round, then decreased the rest of the stitches on the second round. I don't get why they don't just write it out in the pattern, it's not like they haven't done the math...
Anyway, I finished it and lined it, not even knowing there was a KAL. It's an x-mas gift for my cousin. Hope it'll be an inspiration to someone.
The yarn is Eskimo Mix from Garnstudio, color no 40 (mix brown, it says on the site, but it varies depending on light between purple, dark gray, and brown).
I have to more FOs to present, yay! First, Lovikka mittens for my mother's brother (that is uncle, right?). I went with a very un-traditional color scheme, so I decided to make the decorations very traditional.
One more, that shows the color of the yarn better. Isn't it gorgeous?
Then, a cabled bag for my cousin. It looked like a good idea, but 220 stitches and 22 cables is pain. It still knit up fairly fast though, so I'm not really complaining. Just a bit. To boot, I think the yarn has that unspeakable color HP Lovecraft writes about.
It is lined with a dress I bought and never used. The handle is lined with satin I had lying around. Yay recycling!
I just had to show off that button - it's a second hand find, and I regrettably only found the one. I still couldn't resist using it on the bag though, because it matched the unspeakable yarn perfectly...
I'm so in on this - a bit late, perhaps, but anyway.
I decided to craft all my gifts this year, not because it's cheaper (and it certainly won't be), but because it's so much more fun than going out and buying stuff that people don't really want. Now, I MAKE them stuff they don't really want instead. Hah!
Anyway, I'm only actually done with one item. It's a pair of cabled arm warmers/mitts for my uncle's ex-wife, who still celebrates X-mas with us. They're knit in Schachenmayr Nomotta Bamboo, and the color is actually a bit more saturated than what shows here.
I've also started Knitting Daily's Modern Quilt Wrap for my mother, and finished about 1/4 of it. Here's progress so far:
My cam didn't pick up the colors quite right, what looks like only black is actually deep chocolate brown, and black.