Monday, 28 November 2011

Many hands.......

If only I had all the hands to fit the projects I have finished this weekend! I would fly through the gift makes I still have to start :)
The Hitchhiker is no longer middle big girls yule gift, I just couldn't face the idea of having to knit up a matching hat and gloves in the KC Riot, it is such a fine DK it would take me all of the time I have from now to Christmas! Instead I cast on these on Saturday evening:

Middle big girl wants gloves she can wear whilst driving and thinks fingerless would work better, and she loves all the chunky cable designs that are everywhere in the shops right now. These worked up really quickly on chunky/bulky weight yarn and used just under 100g for both. And best of all I used stash wool, the Patons Symphony found at a car boot sale during the early summer, so super pleased.
I also managed to finish the bubble rib scarf for biggest girl this weekend:

 Worked in Stylecraft aran so that I wouldn't hear the news that she had shrunken it (last years pure wool Mirasol gift....!) this scarf has taken forever. I have picked up between other makes and tried to squeeze in at least one repeat every night, but this weekend I decided I just had to get it done as I was avoiding my knitting corner altogether to avoid this looking back at me. Very pleased with the finished result though and I hope biggest girl is too. Just a pair of gloves to complete the set.
But instead of casting on the gloves (still have the mans on the needles and one pair is enough for now!), I cast on an instant gratification knit:

Thick warm chunky soft mittens for tallest, smallest big girl. Worked in Wendy Serenity super chunky on 10mm straight needles, these were finished almost as soon as I cast them on. I used this pattern to make this an almost mindless knit, perfect for late night tiredness, waiting for littlest girlie to sleep. If you're thinking of using this pattern I have to tell you there is an error in row 10 and 11 which is easily sorted, but if you have any problems shout out.

And last, but only for now, I cast on this hat for middle big girl, to go with the fingerless mitts from the very first post:

I came up with the pattern to match the cable mitts and I'm very, very pleased with it :) I think it may even become the hat of the season, with one for grandgirlie, and maybe even littlest girlie too. Cast on, knit, and cast off all within an hour or two, just perfect for a quick gift. I may try writing up the pattern if anyones interested?

I still have a pretty long list to work through but it finally feels as I'm getting somewhere. And right now I only have three projects cast on, I wonder how long that will last?
Hope you're all enjoying your Christmas crafting and NOT putting yourselves under pressure to complete. It's fun first of all, remember ;) And I'll be the first to shout out when I've had enough!



Daisie said...

Tha hat is perfect! And I love the bobble scarf........slopes off to google a pattern......

karisma said...

Wow! You have been busy. Everything looks great and Im sure they will all love their gifts. I wish we had more of the chunky wool here, l am quite tempted to double up some wool and try some chunky knitting. I love how quickly these projects knit up. I especially love the scarf and the hat. You are too clever!

LiteraryLadybug said...

Oh wow! Look at all your FO's! Am in love with those squishy mittens! Nice work all the way around!

Devonmama said...

Becks you have been busy! Everything looks so good, but I especially love the did you the fringe to look so perfect?? And thanks for the first lol, easy to get caught up in frantic making! xzx

Pomona said...

You are very sensible - chunky and aran are definitely the weights for Christmas knitting! And thank you for your kind comment on my blog - I do appreciate it.

Pomona x

Louise said...

Such lovely knits. The cable stuff is all over Accessorize I noticed today! So you are very "on trend"!

Rachel Proffitt said...

Those are ALL lovely :) And what a great feeling it must be to finish so many things!