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I forgot to show off my Christmas knits!

I think the last time I posted here was a while before Christmas, so hopefully I'm not doubling up on anything.

Some of the links to my own blog appear a few times as I've tended to post several projects at once over the holidays - it's not meant to be spammy, I just don't imagine anyone will want to click on all (or many) or the links!

I made two gloves from this pattern, and I love how they turned out!  The first pair were a commission for a friend's mother, which I knit in Malabrigo Rios, and the pink pair, in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, were part of my sister's Christmas present. I used 2.75mm needles rather than 4mm, as the pattern said, because they were just coming out too large on 4mm.

Ravelry Pattern Page // Pattern Page // My Ravelry Project Page (Pink) (Teal) // Blogged (Pink) (Teal)

Uninteresting backstory: I bought the yarn to knit this scarf in October, when one of my brothers mentioned that he needed a new scarf. Then my aunt saw me a triangle scarf and told my brother he should ask me for one. I asked if he wanted to be his Christmas present or to pay me for the yarn, and he asked if it could be an early Christmas present. So I finished it in early October, and by November he had lost it and asked for another one. (At least the fact that he asked for another one meant he really liked it!) However, I already had all this yarn, and his birthday being in may meant I couldn't make it for his birthday, and I didn't want to have it sitting in my stash for a year, so I decided to make it anyway. And that is the story of how I gave my brother three scarves for Christmas. (He loved this one too, so it was a good call.)

For people who like such things, the stripes form the Fibonacci sequence. :)  The body of the scarf is just 2x2 rib, but I joined a new strand for every stripe rather than carrying the yarn up the side, because evidently I hate myself.

My Ravelry Project Page // Blogged

I really liked the look of Gandalf's gloves in The Hobbit, and I had some leftover grey yarn (it's the wrong shade of grey, I know, but using it on anything else would have been less fun), so I knocked these out. I added some ribbing at the top at bottom to avoid stockinette curl - I assume Gandalf's stay flat by magic. The leftover yarn was Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, and I used either 4mm needles or 3.5mm - I forgot to make a note.

My Ravelry Pattern Page // Blogged

Fourth Doctor gloves. I based these off the Doctor Who Scarf Pattern, but halving the numbers of stripes, and changing the order around if one colour was becoming too prevalent. I really love how these turn out - knitting nerdy things makes me a specific kind of happy - and they were whisked away at a craft fair last week, so I may make a few more pairs. These are mostly acrylic and some wool - it seemed a good way to feel like I was using up lots of yarn at once. It's all DK yarn, on 4.5mm needles.

Ravelry Project Page // Blogged

The Knitting and Stitching Show came to Dublin the weekend after I graduated, so I decided to be decadent and bought myself a skein of Silk Indian yarn. It was only 110 yards, so it was always destined to be some sort of cowl. If I were to reknit this I'd make it a little snugger, and it may yet be frogged and turned into something else. I do really like the pattern though! (The yarn has a sheen that makes it hard to photograph well.) I think snugger + longer would have done it more justice.

Ravelry Pattern Page // My Ravelry Project Page // Blogged

Nothing special, I just like the colours of the yarn. I had bought this to make a bobble hat as a commission, but due to some crossed wires, the person I bought it for thought I wasn't making it anymore, and I thought they didn't need it until some time later, so when i told her I had bought the yarn she had already done her Christmas shopping and was broke. Rather than have it sitting unused, I made it into a hat anyway.

Ravelry Project page // Blogged

This is the second pair of full-fingered gloves I've made - the first pair was a disaster, just after I started knitting properly, and I didn't go near them after that. I'm really happy with how these turned out though, so it's nice to have that mental hurdle cleared.

This pattern is (or was, a few weeks ago) free if you follow the links through the pattern page and sign up for a Knitting Daily account. The send a lot of emails, but 'free' is a nice option.

Ravelry Pattern Page // My Ravelry Project Page // Blogged

Thanks for looking! :)


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 11th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I love the cabled fingerless gloves. I'd just about kill for the pattern. The only DPN's I have to use are green ones from WalMart. I'm unsure of the size. You make some awesome stuff.
Feb. 11th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
The pattern is here: It's pretty easy cabling, and they knit up really snuggly, if you're looking for a project I'd recommend them!

And thanks very much! :)
Feb. 11th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
these are all gorgeous! i crochet.. i don't have the patience for knitting, but it's so much more beautiful. props to you for having the patience!
Feb. 11th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
I was just about to post the same thing! I'm great at crochet, and not so great at knitting. Everything you made is beautiful!
Feb. 11th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're both very kind! All I can crochet so far are rectangles - I make squares for a local group who make blankets for children going for heart surgery in one of the city's children's hospitals - but I'm working on my first amigurimi project at the moment. I'm filled with confidence by the fact that I've managed to successfully make a body.
Feb. 11th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
You people are talented im not a good crafter,But Im a Artist...
Feb. 11th, 2013 09:09 am (UTC)
My God those are awesome! Brag all you want, you earned bragging rights! I love all of them but for some reason I really like the color and pattern of the first set of fingerless gloves, the blue and the mixed colors in it. I'd buy those in a heartbeat! And the scarf too! Marvelous!

Feb. 11th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I got a bit lucky with that pair, a friend asked me to make a pair of teal fingerless gloves, and I had been wanting to try out both that pattern and that yarn. You're not 'meant' to use variegated yarn for cables, but I really like how they look!
Feb. 11th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Beautiful work! I love the scarf the most and I'm interested in how the stripes form the Fibonacci sequence. I'm somewhat familiar with that the sequence is, but can you explain how it is represented in the scarf?
Feb. 11th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
It probably makes more sense close-up - the first grey stripe is one row of knitting, the second stripe is also one row, the third stripe is two, the fourth is three, the fifth is five... I went as far as thirty-four rows, so the big teal patches at both ends are thirty-four rows, the next ones up are twenty-one, etc.

Hope that makes it a bit clearer!
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