Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Prepping for Santa Day

  • DD2's teacher's gift is finished! Here it is modelled on DD1, on whom it is obviously too big, but will still give you the idea of how it looks on a human head:

    side view

    Completed, 'in action', side

    top view

    Completed, 'in action', top

    front view

    Completed, 'in action', front

    I think I'm going to steam it first, though, before tagging it and wrapping it up, just to smooth out the top some.

  • DD1's afternoon teacher's gift is finished! It used up all of my two skeins of Zara. And when I say all, I mean all. I had 18 inches left over, which will be used to affix the hang tag. Not a drop left. You can imagine how panicked I was as I approached the end of the second bootie!

    hat, from top

    Completed, top

    hat, from side

    Completed, side



    booties, 'in action'

    Completed, 'in action'

    I made the set to fit when the child is about 9 months old, which is perfect, since that's when the weather will be getting cold again. As you can see, I did switch out the ribbing on the hat from 2x2 to 1x1, but I also added a ruffle. The ruffle is the "belle epoque" stitch pattern from Nicky Epstein's book, "Knitting on the Edge". I increased it only 4 times to 9 stitches per ruffle instead of the called-for 15. I then added the same ruffle to the booties to make it all look like a set. The ruffle on the booties is smaller; I increased only 3 times to 7 stitches per ruffle. I am very, very pleased with the whole thing.

  • DD1's "Ruby" poncho/skirt is coming along well, I'm probably about 75% done the second half. The only problem is that I seem to be off in my stitch count. I'm going to have to sit down and see where I went wrong. I have a horrible feeling there will be a lot of frogging and re-knitting in my near future.

  • I am also coming along with my brother's hooded cardigan - just about an inch, inch-and-a-half left to do on the sleeves and then I can get going on the front.

  • I also realised that I should be giving a holiday gift to DD1's ballet teacher (a.k.a. my old ballet teacher). She has been admiring my ability to churn stuff out for a while now (yes, of course I bring my knitting to my daughter's dance lessons!) and recently lost her scarf when shopping at a mall. She asked if I could knit her a replacement, and of course she would pay me back (I wouldn't have accepted the money, but she offered). However, she ended up going back to the store she thought she lost it in and making a nuisance of herself to the staff until they actually bothered to look for her scarf...and she got it back. (Turns out it's actually a cowl.) She did, however, indicate that she would be interested in me making her another one, perhaps in brown?

    Since I needed a gift idea for her anyway, and since the holiday knitting is coming along pretty well, I figured I'd go for it. I have just enough brown Silky Tweed left over (about 1.75 skeins) from my midwife's scarf to make Eleanor, which has been in my queue for a while, so that seemed perfect.

    Until I couldn't find the three-quarters of skein that I'd finished off my midwife's scarf with!

    Seriously, it's nowhere. DH and I have checked all the logical places and a number of illogical places. I need that yarn, because I used up the full skein that I never ended up touching for the midwife gift, and I'm only this far along:

    In progress, 2011-12-07

    Arrrrrrggggghhhh! Please send "finding" vibes.

  • Finally, although it might seem strange to be getting things for myself this close to Christmas, I recently made an order that came in this week. The purpose of this order was to get the rest of the yarn I needed for a sample piece, and in order to reduce the shipping costs, I added a few things to the order that I wanted to get anyway. I got some sock yarn:

    Knit Picks Stroll

    Also got myself a book - Fairy Tale Knits by Alison Stewart-Guinee - and some knitting gadgetry - two yarn stranding finger guides and a cheapie yardage counter. And then, be still my beating heart, I also got Interweave's special issue, "Jane Austen Knits 2011". This is an unbelievable magazine. There are so many gorgeous things in there that I will actually knit, it's a real steal of a deal. My favourite is, hands-down (no pun intended), the Chawton Mittens. I LOVE THEM THEY MUST BE MINE.

So, generally speaking, things are going well. Therefore, if you'll excuse me, I have to go do some more knitting!


Danielle Baines said...

I so want that magazine! I'm hoping I can find it in Bridgewater so that "Santa" can put it in my stocking.

Carrie K said...

So cute! and the hat is too.

Squee! baby things!

Fairy Tale Knits has such cute projects.