All the knitted Christmas gifts were a success! Everything fit and everyone liked (or did a really good job of pretending to like) their handknit items. My sisters were surprised by their slouchy hats, even though I thought Flickr might have ruined it, my brother-in-law has already worn his Utopia hat out in public, my dad has been raving about his java jackets, and his thrummed mittens did fit, although he refuses to wear them to snowblow the driveway, as I suggested. The Lucy in the Sky Cardigan should see some action after New Year’s Resolutions kick into high gear. Apparently it does fit, but not exactly the way the recipient would like. Meh. You know how chicks are.
Archive for December, 2007
The thrummed mittens are done and (I think) a success. Of course, I won’t really know if they fit my dad until Christmas morning, but I have a better feeling about these than I did about the sweater last year…and the hat the year before…and the other hat the year before that…yeesh…
I used one skein of Patons Classic Merino Wool on size 3 and 6 needles, alpaca top that I purchased at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival over a year ago, and a combination of several free patterns: the Yarn Harlot’s recipe, the Yarn Forward pattern, and Hello Yarn’s instructions for knitting the thrums and her staggered placement thrum chart.
Is it really called “thrumming,” or am I just knitting thrums into my thrummed mittens? Is it a verb or a noun or an adjective or all three? At any rate, I used the term “thrum” fairly indiscriminately during my long car ride this weekend, since I did a lot of griping about thrumming. The car ride was not as productive as it should have been since I kept messing up. My first mistake was making the thrums ridiculously long, so I had to re-thrum the thrums before I could carry on. My sister generously offered to thrum along with me, so that made the thrums add up much quicker. The rest of the messing up involved trying to guess what size my dad’s hand are while knitting. I kept worrying aloud that the weren’t going to fit…to which my sister helpfully responded, “…but don’t you always knit Dad something that doesn’t fit?” As if I wanted to keep THAT tradition alive. But now that I have the first mitten figured out, I’m flying through the second. And the alpaca thrums that I thrummed into these thrummed mittens are soooo soft.
Recently, a couple of my knitter friends and I were discussing how we like reading short blog posts…with nice pictures. So you might want to start skimming now, because here comes a longish post…with terrible late-winter-afternoon-and-there’s-really-no-light photos and also some too-lazy-to-get-up-from-my-desk-to-take-a-photo photos. The reason for the long post is that I have so many finished projects to show! I didn’t think I would be saying this on December 5th, but I have most of my Christmas presents done! I expected to be knitting furiously through the night on December 24th, but things are in good shape right now. Sooo…maybe some of them aren’t masterpieces…but I think they’re things that the recipient will like and appreciate and actually use.