Christmas 2004 was quite a busy knitting holiday for me. Of course all the planned gifts did not get completed. I was lucky to get done what I did. The projects not completed were sent after Christmas or I’m holding until another gift giving opportunity.
Firstly, for my Dad, this year I knitted a vest from “Men in Knits”. I haven’t knitted something for my Dad in a while so this was a great new challenge. Sizing was interesting, the stitch pattern was fun and I learned how to knit on a button band.
This vest was actually for his birthday. It was knitted with Svale from Dale of Norway. A cotton/silk/ramie blend which is the softest cotten blend I’ve ever felt. It was knitted on a size US 6 needle.
The next gift was kind of a last minute cheat effort due to the fact that I couldn’t get the project done in time. I’d planned it for a year, had the yarn in my stash, however, by November I realized with all the other things going on, I wasn’t going to get it done. So…..I knitted it on the machine and finished it by hand.
This gift was for my mother-in-law. Last Christmas I admired a knitted red metallic sweater which she was wearing. She said she loved it but would have preferred a long sleeved sweater as the one she was wearing was sleeveless. I said that I could make her one easily. Well easily if I had time…. So, during my week vacation prior to the family visiting on New Year’s weekend, I dug out my Brother Home Knitter and designed a sweater to fit the yarn that I’d been holding onto all year. Here I am modeling the sweater minutes before wrapping it up and the arrival of the family!
It is a funnel neck, modified drop should sweater made with Lion Brand Glitterspun. I hand knitted the cuffs and bottom in a seed stitch which gives a bead like affect due to the metallic threads in the yarn. I haven’t knitted with the machine in more than 10 years so I really had to relearn things like tension, correcting mistakes, etc. After completing it, I came up with another list of projects I could make with yarn in my stash which would be great knitted up on the machine. (Knitting machines are great stash reduction tools!!)
Next up was the afghan. Well, I worked on this from March until June, pausing for the summer due to the heat and picked it up again in September and I still didn’t finish it in time for Christmas. In fact it’s getting delivered as I write this!! It certainly was an ambitious undertaking.
My Mom had asked for an afghan to fit the new decor of her house in Florida which has a soft mauve color scheme. She of course placed her request right after Christmas of 2003 knowing this is a big (non-traveling) project. Something warm she said.
Well I love lace so much that I tried my hand at creating an afghan from a shawl pattern using worsted weight yarn. The pattern is the Kilimanjaro Kat Shawl designed by Joan Schrouder. This was knitted with Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn. Even though it was a shawl pattern, it is still only 60″ square. The pattern is designed to use a fingering weight yarn to create a 40″ shawl.
Here it is on the blocking wires.
Here it is draped on my chair.
(Remember all pictures can be viewed at full size by clicking on them)
I know I waited far too long to post anything recently, however, I will try to catch up with all the projects from 2004 in the next few weeks as soon as I get pictures taken of everthing. Since all these were gifts, I took pictures of these prior to giving them away!