As I have mentioned, I have been very busy knitting up Christmas presents and while I will never, ever match the extreme mastery that is Bezzie’s Cheap Ass Christmas, I can honestly say that the vast majority of the items I am knitting for Christmas presents are from the stash. There has been a little yarn that I have had to buy but five skeins of Dark Horse Fantasy Yarn have netted me two hats (knit with yarn doubled) and a 6 foot long scarf – all for $25…you can’t beat that with a stick!
Here are my latest FO’s…both from stash yarn:
First up is Prickle. For quite a while I have wanted to attempt a moebius project but I was just never sure which one to tackle and then about a month ago I got a message on Ravelry from ewephoric who asked if I was willing to swap my Verde Malabrigo for some Emerald Green Malabrigo that she had in her stash. I jumped at the chance because Emerald Green is one of my favorite colors of Malabrigo and I have had the Verde for a while with absolutely no idea what to do with it.
In the back and forth messages, she mentioned that she was planning to make something with the Verde for her swap partner and she was thinking about a Prickle since she had already made one for herself and really liked it. Once I took a look at hers, and the other variations of the pattern, I was hooked and bought the pattern the same day.
I chose Option 2 with the lace edging and in addition to being a very quick knit, it is lovely and soft and although I plan to give this to my cousin for Christmas, I definately see another one (for me) in my near future.
The moebius cast on can be a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it, you can do it in your sleep. I love the moebius but I can’t decide if Cat Bordhi is a genious or seriously demented! She definately thinks outside the box and this cast on is a prime example!
Pattern: Prickle by Huan-Hua Chye
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, Emerald Blue colorway
Needles: US 10 Knitpicks Options, 40″ cord
Date Started: October 8th, 2008
Date Finished: October 11th, 2008
Mods: None at all. This is a very well-written pattern and I particularly love the lace edging which also serves as the bind off. I was worried about running out of yarn but I ended up with enough left that when I knit this again (and I definately will) I will probably add a few more repeats of the porcupine lace pattern before starting the lace edging. I love this one so much, I am going to have a hard time letting it go.
I also finished the socks for my Nana:
Pattern: There really isn’t one. It is a basic toe up sock with a short row heel.
Yarn: Cascade Fixation, Purple
Needles: US 2 Addi Lace for the toe, US 3 Addi Lace for the rest of the sock
Date Started: September 8th, 2008
Date Finished: September 25th, 2008
Mods: None since it isn’t a written out pattern…it is all in my head.
Nana loves ankle socks and these are soft and stretchy so I think she will love them!