Phew, it’s hard keeping knitting secrets, but finally I can share the secret project I’ve been working on. It was for my knitting group’s birthday swap, but my swappee was ill last week and missed knit night. Tonight I was able to present her with….
A jellyfish hat!! This was a fun knit.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jellyfish-in-the-waves-beanie The jellyfish is lightly stuffed, so it puffs out a little. The farthest right tentacle dangles a little. I love it! I think my recipient does, too.
My birthday was about two weeks ago, but I couldn’t make it to knit night, so tonight I was on the receiving end of the secret birthday exchange!
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with what my friend knit for me, but these photos come close!
Tardis hat! Dalek mitts!! I love them!!!!!
For fun, I decided to gather all my swap gifts from the years that I’ve been participating- I’ve gotten some really lovely things, and I love thinking hog my knitting friends every time I use them. ❤️
Also, my friends can tell that I like blue, eh?
Lately I’ve been doing well at finishing projects! My secret project a few days ago, a bear last night, and a hat today!
I had a little knitting time and realized I was only 13 rows from finishing, so decided to power through!
By 9:30pm I was done.
Neither photo does the yarn justice. It’s very teal- not green, N boy blue, but teal. Also, done. I’m very happy that it’s done. Now I think I only have one WIP left!!?
Tonight at knit night I started and finished a tiny Gryffindor scarf bookmark- a birthday gift for a fellow Harry Potter fan. I did the fringe when I got home.
The pattern is from Charmed Knits, Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. I used DK weight yarn, so it’s a bit thicker than I’d like, but I didn’t want to but yarn for such a small project so I made do with stash yarn (mystery red cotton, yellow Silky Wool). I think the recipient will be pleased!
Ya know those patterns you always turn to when you need something that you know will turn out right the first time and can be done quickly? For me that is the fingerless gloves pattern in the book One Skein Wonders. I’ve had great luck with this pattern- with many different yarns it has always turned out great.
This time I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and size 6 needles. Instead of ribbing up to the thumb gusset, I did ribbing and then stockinette.
I’m very pleased with the results, and I hope the recipient will be as well.
This new project didn’t work out…
But this version is going much better.
It’s a pair of fingerless gloves, a thank you gift for someone who did us a really big favor recently. They’re knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, so they’re super soft.
Today I finished my second pair of Silk Garden mitts.
Only that tiny bit of yarn was left. However, I’d cut out a section of gray/brown to keep them light and more on the red side. So I only used 35 grams of the 50 gram ball.
As I was weaving ends in, I noticed something funny…
Maybe you can see a stitch sticking out? I’d dropped a stitch a few rows after the thumb hole.
I tinked back to the mistake and re-knit the mitt from there. Haha, JK, I’d never do that! I secured it with a spare bit of yarn and called it a day.
The cream colored mitts I made turned out biggish. Here they are post-blocking.
The Girl chose another color way for the re-knit.
Fingers crossed that the size works out this time! Smaller needles, fewer stitches, should be ok.
This afternoon, to distract the Wee Boy while big sister had a play date over (ever try keeping the little one away??? Tough job!!), we made some play dough. Making was more fun than playing, apparently. Gotta work on that attention span.
Later, we watched Spirited Away, and I finished the Wabi Sabi mitts.
Although they’re nice, I don’t know that I’d make this pattern again. I think the split cuff is cute and funky, but I imagine it might not be fun when worn with a jacket. It seems like there might be lots of adjustments involved. Oh well. I’ll check in with the recipient after a while to see how they’re working out. 😜
The most awesome part of this gift is that last night, we ran into the teacher who these are for, and she admired the shawl I was wearing (The Age of Brass and Steam) and said something about buying me some wool (she’s Irish, so ok to call yarn wool) to knit her something. Half-joking, but also wistfully. The Girl and I looked and each other with sneaky, knowing faces, happy that she’ll get her wish in a few days.
The Girl thinks I need to knit something for her other teacher as well, to keep things even. Oh, ok, if I must…. Wink, wink.
Today I managed about 3 rows of my Trillian scarf before I had to put it down. Ah- I remembered to weigh it today- I’m supposed to knit in pattern until I have 7% of the skein left. At 150 grams in the skein, I should stop at about 12 grams and start the finishing rows. I still have over 60 grams, so I have a ways to go.
That left me feeling restless, and sad that my 2 current projects only allow me to knit a couple of rows at a time, so I took a good look at my Ravelry queue and came up with a new project!
I’ve been wanting to knit a gift for the Girl’s 2nd grade assistant teacher, who also taught her many classes leading up to her recent baptism. In my queue were the Wabi-sabi mitts, and the Girl chose green yarn because the teacher is from Ireland, and bam! A few hours later and the mitts are half done.
They’re knit flat, which is fine because the seaming is minimal, and it’s always fun to look at something in a new way. This is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, and it’s incredibly soft and nice. I think the teacher will like them, and I’m enjoying knitting them.