This year's making on my part, was restrained - or at least I thought it was restrained- but when the time came there was something knitted under the tree for everyone. This spectacular event was made possible through the magic of The Long Range Planning Box, into which many an item made its way through the year- just to make Christmas glorious. Ken's socks were finished in July, Joe and my Mum's were knit in March... I knit all year long and into the box they went. This absolutely sensible behaviour greatly reduced the chances that I wouldn't be crying at 3am on Christmas Eve trying to finish a pair of socks. (For the record, it was December 23rd and it was a hat. The best laid plans are still no match for the fickle mistress that is gauge, and the almost freakish way that I'm 43 years old and apparently still can't quite count.) I know I was secretive while all of this came off the ground, so here's the stuff from the final push that I kept quiet.
First up, Old Joe's annual Christmas socks. Old Joe is the worlds foremost authority on handknit sock appreciation. He takes good care of them, washes them tenderly and with experience, and shows them off to strangers. This is behaviour that triggers further sock knitting in me. We have an arrangement.
Yarn is Regia Strato Color in 5748 (discontinued, I think) needles were 2.25mm and the pattern was my good plain sock from Knitting Rules . I'm pretty sure he liked them.
My sister Erin is a hat freak, and she never tires of getting them.
Enter the Icing Swirl pattern and one skein of Peruvia Quick in Rosa (9186).
This pattern + yarn + hat in just under 2.5 hours, which was a thrilling development.
Amanda (I'm just going to say it) Amanda doesn't like hand knit socks, but like her Aunt Erin, loves hats. Also like her Aunt Erin, she looks really cute in them.
Amanda got a Jenny Cloche, also out of Peruvia Quick, in Blue Nile (9147) - and this would have been super quick to knit, had I not desperately misjudged everything important, and had this had be the aforementioned 3am nightmare on the 23rd.
Still, it's as cute as the vintage button I used on it, straight from my Grandmother's button bin.
Katie's baby got a Puerperium Cardigan a lot like the one I knit for Marlowe before she was born.
I loved that little sweater enough to repeat it. Black Cascade 220, and a skein of colourful Silk Garden that I ripped up and re-arranged to get what I wanted out of it.
This baby is coming in February, and I swear it will be cozy.
There's one more project to show you, but it's so pretty I'm going to give it a whole post of its own. Check in tomorrow, and Happy 5th Day of Christmas. Hang in there.