The Christmas knitting is well underway – this is the first year I’ve really had any down-to-the-wire gift knitting undone, and I’m not sure it’s a feeling I like. Next year, I plan to take on less. The current flurry of (unphotographed) work is for my parents, who are both theoretically getting socks for Christmas – I have exactly one of my mother’s pair done, and I started the cuff for the first sock of my father’s pair yesterday. This is Bad News.
However, the scarf for my good friend B- is done. And now that I’ve given it to him, I feel safe about putting pictures of it on the internet. This was the first scarf I’ve ever knit sideways (by casting on 470 stitches and knitting 40 rows, instead of casting on 40 stitches and knitting several hundred rows). I’m still not sure how I feel about the process – each way of scarf knitting has its upsides and downsides, I guess.
Either way, the scarf went from this:
(That’s linen stitch, not colourwork, so it’s actually dead easy.)
He likes it (and wears it!), so that’s more than good enough for me.
So, one of the things I did while I was recovering from my wisdom tooth extraction, besides finish my fabulous purple socks, was finish up a major project for school that involved setting out a plan for the entire year. In the spirit of planning, this is one of those entries where I sit down and collect my thoughts and plot out all of the knitting I’d like to get done before the new year. (I’m also taking in the new Forever the Sickest Kids EP, The Weekend: Friday. It’s delightful.)
First up are these, which need to be Christmas presents for my parents. My mom picked out the skeins of Lorna’s Laces herself, and I’m really excited to make something that I know she’ll appreciate – she is the best kind of knitwear recipient, she wears everything I make for her all the time. My dad is also getting some vastly more sedate socks (because “he already has a hat and a scarf” – the idea of multiples is completely foreign to him), in a pattern I have yet to pick out. Something straightforward and manly – maybe the Boyfriend Socks.
The next is the knitting I thought I’d get done while I was recovering from my surgery. I bought a skein of the much discussed Dream in Colour Starry at knit night a couple of weeks ago, and planned to make a pair of incredibly awesome, sparkly stockinette socks.
The sock yarn, you see, has glitter in it. And anyone who knows me even a little should be pretty clear about my feelings on glitter. However, now that I’m lucid and still haven’t had the time to even wind it into a ball, I’m thinking I want to do something a little more special with this yarn. I mean, I still want socks. And possibly all I want is some very tall socks, because I plan to use absolutely every scrap of this yarn. But I am going to need to sit down and do some sketching and figure out how, exactly to maximize this stuff, because it’s a treat for me and I’m probably not going to work with it very often.
The last thing in the works is my sweater, the one I’ve been talking up for weeks without actually knitting. I’m pretty confident about the plan I’ve got for it now, and after finishing the first sleeve I’ve cast on for the body.
(Am I the only one who loves taking photos of notes about knitting? There’s something in it that just feels very artistic and satisfying to me.)
Song of the Entry: Forever the Sickest Kids – She Likes (Bittersweet Love)
I knit this teeny cabled hat (the coffee mug is for scale, and that is a big mug) in exactly six lectures, for my cousin who is expecting her first child. . .soonish. It’s the first piece of baby clothing I’ve ever knit, and I still can’t get over how quickly it knit up. Six lectures seems like a long time, but it was probably only about three or four hours of knitting time, which seems absolutely ridiculous for an entire hat. (But then again, when you’re knitting for teeny tiny people, I guess you get to make smaller stuff. Who knew?)
I’m not going to lie, the colour is pretty much just as close to electric green as it looks in the photos, but I’m okay with that, and I feel like the parents are too – I was trying to keep it gender neutral without descending into ridiculous pastels, and this was the best I could do with what I had.
The yarn is Dale Baby Ull, in eye-searing green on 3.25 mm needles, and the pattern is Cabled Baby Hats (the ten-cable version, knit with 4 purl stitches between each cable to allow for my smaller gauge) from Hey Julie, via Ravelry.
Song of the Entry: Wild Light – Call Home