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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The march of the Christmas FOs

FO - Lengthways garter stitch scarf

Tapestry scarf

Yarn: Rowan Tapestry in Highland (2 balls)
Needles: 4.5mm circular
Time: 5 days
Giftee: my aunt Carole
Ravelled: here

I didn't take a note of the dimensions but this scarf is long enough to either wrap once round your neck with a single knot (as above) or to wrap around twice and tuck into the collar of your coat. I knit it by casting on 160 stitches then knitting every row until my yarn gave out and finished with a sewn bind-off. Tapestry is notoriously difficult to sew with but I managed OK with this by dint of adding a bit of extra twist to the yarn every ten stitches or so to compensate.

FO: Toasty topper

Toasty topper

Pattern: Toasty topper by Alexis Riggs
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (1.5 balls)
Needles: 5mm and 4.5mm dpns, 4.5mm circular
Time: <1 day
Giftee: my baby niece Laurie
Ravelled: here

This was a very quick and easy knit. I was a bit thrown at first by the instruction to knit until work measured 6" (that seemed huge for a baby hat) but the finished object looks to be the correct size. I just need to block out the scarf portion.

FO: Fern Glade hat

Fern Glade

Pattern: Fern Glade by Megan Marshall
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed (<1 ball)
Needles: 3.25mm circular and 4mm dpns
Time: 1.5 days
Giftee: the boyfriend's sister Clare
Ravelled: here

Winter Knitty came out just at the right time for me to knit this for the boyfriend's sister. It only took a day and less than one ball of Rowan Felted Tweed to make the smaller size so it's perfect Christmas knitting.

I'm now at 6 gifts knit (including the three pairs of gloves/mittens knit in advance) and 4 to go. This favourable progress report may have led me to get slightly over confident as I cast on for a monster project last night at Sticks and String in Reading. I'd cross my fingers but that's hardly productive.

3 comments:

juliet said...

That scarf is really lovely - it is so simple but just lovely and without fuss (the other knits are gorgeous too - the fern patterned hat is adorable)

wazz said...

but when do you sleep?! The fern glade is particularly lovely.

Anonymous said...

that's luuurvely! sorry to have missed you on sat, look forward to catching up in the new year!
H xx