I was so ready to get my snowman pattern together to publish it at long last but it was not meant to be this year. A mix of life, school and illness saw to that and by the time I was ready it really was too late to do it for this season. I’m thinking of doing a Christmas in July thing this year and publishing it then but we’ll see. Regardless, it’ll be ready to go up by the beginning of November next year for sure.
My needles haven’t been completely idle this season even though I didn’t get as much knitting done as I’d have liked to. Here’s what did happen.
This is a very nifty pattern designed by one of the ladies on my Facebook knitting group. Dunloe is a slouch hat knit with fingering weight yarn. I’ve had this skein of Dream in Color Smooshy from Hidden River Yarns in my stash since last winter, thinking I’d knit myself some socks from it when I decided I needed a new hat and used it for Dunloe instead. It’s hard to see in my pictures, but there’s a six-stranded braid that grows out of the ribbing at the brim. I haven’t blocked it yet to make the cables stand out more because it’s huge on my ginormous head already. I followed the advice of the ladies on my board and used the regular size, but doing the body of the hat on US Size 3 (3.25mm) needles instead of the US Size 2 (2.75mm) needles called for in the pattern. It’s more than roomy enough to accommodate my hair clip, which is nice and the brim is snug enough that it isn’t going anywhere unlike my Noro Slouch Hat that I made last year that always feels like it’s going to fall off. It was a fun knit, easy to do without a cable needle, and took me a week to make.
Swallow Tail Shawl
I knit this the summer when my youngest was about 6 months old in between nursing sessions five years ago. I’d always intended to give it to my mom but this year I actually dug it out and got it blocked so I could give it to her for Christmas. It was a major miracle that the moths hadn’t gotten to it, the worst that happened was the yarn yellowed a bit. It’s the Swallow Tail Shawl done in some merino/alpaca/silk blend lace weight for which I’ve long since lost the ball band for. I remember it being a fun knit and it gave me my first taste of Estonian lace with the lily of the valley pattern at the bottom of the shawl. It’s also reminded me that I need to get blocking wires if I’m going to be doing any more lace knitting (which I hope I shall since I have a whole cone of lace weight from my trip to NYC).
This is the Aviatrix Hat knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Plaid Blanket in the 3-6 month size. It was an incredibly easy knit, only taking me two days to finish which probably would have only been one it I worked on it more. I really like the pattern and the way the yarn looks in it. I didn’t do a gauge swatch but winged it with US size 6 (4.0mm) and US Size 7 (4.5mm) needles. This yarn grows a lot when it’s blocked and I definitely hit gauge after I blocked it.
This was the only one I actually got finished this year because I just ran out of steam once OI realized the pattern wasn’t going to be published this year. I actually knit the hat and scarf Christmas morning, because it isn’t Christmas unless you are still knitting an hour before you are supposed to be somewhere.
I hope everyone had a happy holiday. I have to weave in the ends of the Oaklet Shawl this weekend so I can add that to my list of 2013 knitting before the year ends. All in all it wasn’t a bad year. I have definitely been more productive in the past, but considering what I’ve been dealing with I’m happy I got done what I did.