Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Last Christmas Gift

 Sorry for not posting sooner, I have been busy celebrating Christmas with the family. I had plenty of time to finish knitting all my Christmas presents, but I am just getting around to posting about this last one. 
This scarf is for my uncle. I got him for our secret Santa gift exchange and I wanted to add a special touch to his present. 

Uncle's Scarf:
Yarn: Lion's Pride Woolspun in Oxford Grey
Needle Size: US 8 (5.0mm)
Pattern Source: His (Birthday) Scarf by Monika Steinbauer (free pattern!)

I changed around the pattern a bit for the chunky yarn: I used bigger needles and cast on fewer stitches (for details on how I did this see my Ravelry page for this project).

My uncle seemed to really like the scarf and I love the way the pattern knit up! Perfect gift for a man.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Neon Men's Knit Socks

Finally finished this pair of socks that I have been working on for a while. I was only able to knit it when the boyfriend wasn't home so I could keep them a surprise. The first one went quickly since I was able to knit it during my train ride home; the second one took a while longer to finish up.

Petty Harbour:
Yarn: Schachenmayr Regia's Flourmania Color in Neon Ocean
Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) 9" circular needles
Pattern Source: Petty Harbour (Free Ravelry download!)

I made absolutely no attempt to match up the stripes. I like the look of mismatched socks so I just didn't bother!

Another Christmas present done and ready to be gifted!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Long Knit Cowl with Buttons

I am a Christmas present knitting machine! Here is another one that I made:

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Needles: US 9 (5.5mm)
Pattern Source: Lispenard (can be purchased through Ravelry)

The original pattern for this cowl had a cable pattern going up the middle and the sides. I wanted a more lace look, so I switched it out with a lace pattern that I found.
I hope this is what my sister wanted, but if she doesn't like it, I will be glad to take it back!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bulky Knit Cowl Christmas Present

I wanted to make something special for my teaching partner. She is always wearing scarves and cowls so I knit up this beauty in a few nights. 

Birding Cowl:
Yarn: Alpaca 60 by Estelle Yarns (2 skeins)
Needle Size: US 15 (10mm)
Pattern Source:  Birding Cowl (free Ravelry download!)

This yarn is so soft; it is like knitting with a cloud. The buttons add the perfect finishing touch to this piece and it will make a great accessory.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Knitted Beanie for Christmas

Another Christmas present checked off the list. This one was quick and easy, it is a gift for my grand-father who loves my knitted hats. 
I used some leftover yarn from other projects and it turned out great.

Strib Hat:
Yarn: Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in Barley and Berroco Vintage in Cast Iron
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needles
Pattern Source:  Strib Hat (free Ravelry download)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Knit Socks for Christmas

These socks are a present for my grand-mother. I made her a pair of socks last Christmas and everytime I see her she mentions how much she likes the socks and that she wears them all the time. I love knitting for people who appreciate and want to wear my knitted items so I had to make her another pair.

Hourglass RibSocks:
Yarn: Knitca Socks in Brown
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Hourglass Rib Socks (which can be found in the book Knitted Gifts, but I had it in Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2009)

I did something a little different than what I normally do for this project. I made these two-at-a-time: I had two sets of DPNs and knit the pair simultaneously. It seemed to go by faster and when I was done knitting, I was actually done. I think I will continue to knit my socks this way, but I will have to buy myself a second 9" circular; I really don't enjoy knitting on DPNs.

The pattern for these socks were really easy and would be a great project for a sock knitting beginner. I think these turned out great and I hope my grand-mother likes them.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Buffy Knit Socks

I took a small break from Christmas knitting to make myself a pair of socks. I was starting to lose it with all the knitting for other people. I really wanted a nice pair of red knit socks so I made them. I hope I still have time to finish everything else, but I think these socks were worth it! So pretty.

Buffy Socks:
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Tiziano Red
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25mm) 9" circular needles
Pattern Source:  Isabella D'Este from The Knitter's Book of Socks

They turned out gorgeous and I love them and want to wear them everyday!

Friday, December 5, 2014



Another Christmas present checked off the list. This one is for my youngest sister and was so easy and fast to make. I think she is really going to like this one.

Garter Stitch Slouchy Hat:
Yarn: Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in Barley
Needles: US 5 & 7 (3.75mm & 4.5mm) 16" DPNs
Pattern Source: Rikke Hat from Happy Knits (free pattern!)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sock yarn hoarding

Everyone knows I love sock yarn. I told myself that I wasn't going to buy myself anymore until I had destashed all the yarn I already had. Well one thing led to another and I have completely broken my vow of yarn celibacy. Yarn just seems to sing to me, call my name and force its way into my hands. I guess that just means I have to knit myself some more socks!

 Some DK weight sock yarn in a lovely mint green colour. I can't wait to knit myself some beautiful knee high socks with this.

Gorgeous sock yarn that I got from my local LYS as a gift. Love it!
 This is some pretty lime green sock yarn from Design by Lily Go. It is some RendezVous Forever Sock Yarn in Sour.
I am so excited about this sock yarn. It is going to be some Number 2 Pencil Socks when they are all knit up. I bought this from Yarnenabler  and there are some other beautiful sock yarns that I would love to get.

Now I just need to get all my Christmas knitting done so I can start making myself more socks.