Post-Christmas Post

Ahhh, symmetry. Love that.

Christmas was grand. Christmas eve found the boys still scrambling to find a gift for me. They had lots of ideas, but nothing was panning out. They drove all over town for days. At 3:45 p.m. on Christmas eve (with us due at a friend’s for dinner at 4), DH bailed them out by suggesting that they sign me up for next year’s Single Skein Club at Twisted. Everybody wins! I’m looking forward to it.

Gift knit update

broken garter

Let’s see. I gave the broken garter stitch cowl to my friend Carole; I chose the color with her in mind. I designed the cowl for next month’s knit party at Twisted. She’ll be helping with the party. The cowl comes full circle!

cashmerino

I gave the red cashmerino cowl to my pastor. I hope she likes it. Christmas eve is a busy night, with two services; I’ll catch up with her next week. (The Day Old Pastries sang at the family pageant service and led the congregational music. Fun! Then I went to the late service, too, to just…be.)

quincy1

I gave the blue Quincy hat to my niece; I thought it would be cute on her. My sister says that it frames her face perfectly, and now she wants one, too. For her birthday. In red. To match these fingerless mitts that I made for her.

oxo mitts

As soon as I saw this yarn I knew that it had to be fingerless mitts for her. It’s Mirasol Tupa, 50% merino, 50% silk. The color just glows. These pictures don’t quite capture the depth of color, though.

oxo close

At first I thought I’d do a heart design, because she loves hearts. But then I decided to go with an OXO cable for a hugs and kisses theme, because it suited the yarn better. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. And she loves them. I’ll be writing up the pattern soon.

oxo 2

During the design process (and fine tuning), I also made a pair in white, and I gave them to my mom for Christmas. I wanted her to have some new mitts to replace the Fetchings that have gone AWOL. I can nearly make these in my sleep now! And I’ve become a master at cabling without a cable needle. I have a photo tutorial in my tutorials section on the sidebar, and if I get to it, I’ll make a video one, too.

So now my needles are pretty empty! I’m looking for the perfect red yarn for my sister’s Quincy, but haven’t found it yet. And I want to cast on something for me, but I can’t quite commit to the Heather Hoodie yet. Don’t know why not. I went to the yarn store to order the yarn, and didn’t. Hmmmm.

Oh, there is one little thing on my needles. I’ll tell you about it next time…

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15 responses to “Post-Christmas Post

  1. I love the colors for Tupa. They are all so rich and gorgeous. The gifts all came out great.

  2. Gorgeous gifts! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got to show us next!

  3. Love the new xoxo mitts! Glad you had a nice holiday.

  4. I love the XOXO mitts! Very clever and pretty design.

  5. Gosh you’re busy!

  6. I’m really thinking I may knit that Quincy hat one of these days. It’s darling. Love all of the projects and the fingerless mittens! Can’t wait to see what you are up to next. :)

  7. Such a tease there at the end! Do tell…….

  8. What lovely gifts!

  9. I love all the gifts!

  10. All of the knitted goodies are so very nice, but the Quincy hat is so appealing, I like its lines. I just popped out to see it on Ravelry and your photo of this hat is the best one I’ve seen. I love the piano keys are your backdrop.

  11. Gah! So. Stinking. Cute. I want my next project to be those XO gloves!!

  12. What fabulous gifts! Glad you had a good holiday – I wish you all the best for 2010.

  13. I’m envious of the SSClub. The shipping costs put it a little over the top for me. Maybe I’ll talk it up for next year, if they do it again. I did an XO headband for the DD for Valentines Day! Love the cowls too. Happy New Knitting Year.

  14. Such great gifts ! The SSClub sounds like a great gift – can’t wait to see what you get!

    Happy New Year!

  15. soft, colorful, beautiful, and absolutely wonderful!

    I like your way of presenting your work!

    smart mind, creative arts.
    Happy New Year!