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1  Re: Christmas in July in Knitalongs by soubriquet on: September 28, 2007 06:04:33 PM
Two more down!

Both the hat and the fingerless mitts were made using Cascade 220 in my stash. I'm hoping to ONLY use my stash for most of these gifts, since I've not been able to put a sizeable dent in it for a year now.

The hat is based on the Kim's Hat pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (again). I wish the ribbing were more visible in this picture.

The mitts were made from Knitty's Fetching, possibly my favorite mitt pattern ever. Despite the cables these go so FAST. Definitely the best return for time invested that I've had in a while.

I also finished Ysolda Teague's Cloud Bolero for my sister, but I have to weave in the ends and find a button for it.

So far, this is the first volley of gifts I've got to finish:

1. My sister: Cloud bolero [DONE]
2. My mother: Fetching or Dashing mitts
3. My boyfriend: Cobblestone Pullover
4. My boyfriend's mom: Fetching mitts
5. My boyfriend's stepdad: hat
6. My boyfriend's dad: Dashing mitts
7. My boyfriend's stepmom: Fetching mitts
8. My friend J. : hat [DONE]
9. My friend P. : hat [DONE]
10. My friend S. : hat [DONE]
11. My friend L. : Fetching mitts [DONE]
12. My friend C. : hat [DONE]
13. My college counselor: Fetching mitts
14. My mentor: scarf
15. My boyfriend's sister: Fetching mitts

So. Yeah, I have a while to go, but things are moving faster than I thought! Hopefully I can keep up the pace.
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2  Re: Christmas in July in Knitalongs by soubriquet on: September 24, 2007 08:08:43 PM
Wow, I'm so thrilled to see everyone's progress. As the weather cools in Northern California I feel more motivated to really get cracking on my knitting projects.

Here's a hat I finished for my friend Mr. J.

For the most part I'm only knitting smaller projects (hats, mitts, scarves) but when the new Interweave came out I became smitten with the Cobblestone Pullover - as did my boyfriend. What do you think, is it too ambitious for a project with a December 25th deadline?
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3  color combo dilemma in Knitalongs by soubriquet on: August 13, 2007 04:38:57 PM
Here's another hat:

Okay, I have a confession. While I love this hat pattern, I'm getting kind of sick of hats. I think it may be time to take a break for a bit.

That being said, I've already started my friend J.'s hat, so I might as well finish it before I start something else. But I'm torn between two possible color combinations.

Here's the color of the brim:

Should I do combo one

or combo two?

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4  Re: Christmas in July in Knitalongs by soubriquet on: July 30, 2007 07:10:49 PM
Here's the hat I finished for my friend P.

The heathered orange yarn is Elann's Peruvian Wool, the blue is Cascade 220 and the multicolor is a scrap of merino, I think from the same company that makes Lamb's Pride. Here's a close up of the multicolor:

Again, I was ecstatic not only at how quickly it went but that I got to finish up the scraps of Elann and multicolor, which have been lingering in my stash for more than a year. They don't take up that much room, but not knowing what to do with them frustrated me a little.

prettyfloralbonnet - Have you had any experience with Knitpicks' yarn? They have one blend called Panache that's incredibly soft, a blend of alpaca, silk, merino and cashmere (I think) and fairly affordable, at a little under 100 yards for $4.99. The colors are limited but rich, and from firsthand experience working with it I can't recommend it enough, and I think they offer free shipping on orders $40 and over so if you need yarn for the DNA scarf and such, you could try ordering it all in one go.

Emily - Thank you so much! I really hope she likes it. She goes to Tisch so hopefully it'll get a lot of use in the winter.

TAOJ - Ooh, socks. I still haven't tried knitting socks yet. I wear them so hard I'm afraid I'd destroy them. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Luna Tuna - I adore Malabrigo. What colorway do you have?

dancingbarefoot - Have you seen the surprise pattern up on Knitty for a mesh hemp shopping bag? I really liked it.

crochetninja - I made Christmas stockings last year (sewn, not knit though) and I rather liked how they came out, but I waited until three days before Christmas Eve and felt like I was racing against the clock. Sounds like a good place to start!

Robsica - Yay, scarves! I can't wait to see them!

juliesnider - I'm glad you're joining in! I'm so excited to see how many people are participating!

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5  Christmas in July in Knitalongs by soubriquet on: July 27, 2007 11:23:33 PM
Last winter I had grand intentions of not spending a cent on holiday gifts. I made lots of earrings with beads and findings in my stash, painted a couple canvases for close friends, and picked out knitting patterns for all my friends and relatives. I ended up buying everyone books.

But not this year! This year, I've picked out the patterns, put a moratorium on my stash, made a list of recipients and have started knitting my Christmas gifts - in July. Absurd? Perhaps. But am I alone?

I'm starting this knitalong for anyone else who's begun knitting for the winter holidays. Don't be shy! Speak up and share your ideas, pattern recommendations, and - of course - FO's!

One pattern I'm fond of is Kim's Hat, from the book Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I love it because it's versatile and a fetching use of those leftover dozen yards of yarn you can't fit into larger projects, and it knits really fast. I started and finished one yesterday, knit from scraps and leftover yarn in my stash.

I hope to hear from lots of you!

Edited to add: I've noticed that, with a few exceptions, I'm making most of my knit holiday gifts from only a few patterns:
1. Kim's Hats, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
2. Fetching, from Knitty
3. Dashing, from Knitty

These patterns are well-suited to my purposes since they employ both speed and economy: I've never spent more than a few days working on any of them, and at most they use about 250 yards of yarn (I'm not sure of an exact number, since I'm using scraps and tiddles from my stash).

Have you found a few patterns that you'll be repeating for multiple recipients? Which ones?
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6  I should have added: in Knitalongs by soubriquet on: December 24, 2005 06:12:21 PM
For those of you who haven't seen it, here's the link to the pattern: http://www.knittingfog.net/patterns.html.

This is the yarn I chose for my version:

It's Knitpicks' Wool of the Andes in Grass. Of course, I didn't get a color card for it before I bought it so I didn't realize how vivid a green it was. I'm not sure if I'm going to go ahead with it in this color - it could end up really tacky or really Marc Jacobs. It's a fine, fine line to tread.
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