Tuesday, January 19, 2010
These mittens were my most ambitious holiday knit. The yarn was handspun and the pattern improvised to match the bulky gauge. Mittens knit on size 10.5 needles take less yardage than I would have guessed, which was nice. Although I started early, I reworked this project so many times that it was the second to last thing off the needles before Christmas.
My other projects were less colorful. One of my brothers got the exact same hat as last year, but in a different color brown. From the evidence on facebook he had pretty much worn the first one all year, so I thought it might be good to have a spare. To add something new to the mix, I also got him this print, which makes me think of the new heaven and the new earth. Had a bit of a hard time parting with it (it was the last. one. ever.), but I know that said brother will appreciate the art and the symbolism.
Other brother (as he is often called) got a handspun Gotland hat. The knitting was about as simple as it gets, the fiber was the star. Gotland really does have a great steely/green grey quality. I had to frog the hat back twice to get the size right, so it was finished only in the nick of time... sadly, no picture. This hat was apparently a win as I have heard that it has actually been worn... no word on whether the matching grey machine gun tie has been seen around town yet.
As of today, I am working on fulfilling two "gift certificate" knits. One of the projects allows me to fulfill my longstanding desire to knit something with gradients of grey...