Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Tomten Jacket from Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease in Natural, Cranberry, Orange and Gold
Needles: Size 7
Notes: The endless amount of garter stitch takes a long time, even with such a small piece, but SO worth it! This coat fits great, looks great (excpet for where I screwed up sewing in the zipper so the stripes don’t match LOL!), and L loves it! Even now (2010) it still fits him (will need to add some length to the sleeves) and it’s his fave coat. He hugs it and says “awww…nice coat”. What better praise than that does a Mama knitter need?
L’s Helmet Hat
Yarn: Wool ease in natural, cranberry, orange and gold
Needles: sz 7
Harry Potter Sox
Needles sz 3 circ
Notes: super quick knit, love the colors, they’re fuzzy now after wearing and washing but still in great shape.
February Lady Sweater
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Leaf Green (the pics don’t do the color justice. It’s much brighter green and quite pretty).
Needle size: 8 ? (can’t remember for certain and lost my notes long ago)
Notes: The Yarn hasn’t held up as well as I’d hoped. It felted some during washing and it’s gotten quite pilly. If I were to make this sweater again, I’d make the sleeves longer and I’d knit on a collar. The boaty style neck is just too droopy for me. Otherwise I do like the sweater and wear it often.
Hermione Hat by Jackie Lauseng
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Leaf Green
Notes: this pattern was devised by my friend Jackie Lauseng of JLYarnworks. It was based on the cabled hat worn by the character Hermione in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I knitted mine with an extra repeat of the cable/eyelet pattern and then blocked it in Tam shape. Were I to knit this again (and I’m sure I will!) I think I would make it longer before crown shaping begins in order to achieve a slouchier version.
Here’s a few pics of the hat and Feb. sweater together:
Snowflake Gloves for Mom
My own design.
Yarn: Some lovely fawn and natural colored alpaca, from Dakota Alpacas, approx. dk weight. 1 ball fawn, 1 ball natural
Needles: sz 6
Notes: I used a basic glove template from the wonderful Ann Budd book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. Everything else was all mine. I was always terrified to knit gloves, thinking I’d never be able to accomplish knitting the fingers, but was I ever mistaken! They were far easier than even mittens and much faster to knit! I was certainly surprised.
The only thing I would have done differently was to knit the gloves at a looser gauge. Going up a needle size would have made them much more comfy in my opinion and I am afraid they will be tight and a bit stiff on my mom’s hands. Thus far she hasn’t complained but we’ll see since she hasn’t yet worn them for a whole winter. The yarn is absolutely scrummy however, and I think I have enough left of each color to knit a pair for myself in reverse color. Happy fingers for me this winter!
Sis’s handdyed socks
Basic Sock pattern…an amalgam of various sock patterns.
Needles: sz 3 circ using magic loop method
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare sock yarn dyed by moi using KoolAid (can’t remember the flavors..they all have weird names now, not like when I was a kid and it was grape, orange and strawberry!)
Notes: This was a fun project to see thru to the end…since I got to see this:
Which I dyed myself and had no idea what it might look like knitted up, become this:
Which then became these:
Pefect, consistent stripes. I couldn’t have been happier with a store bought yarn! The colors in the picture are a bit harsh. The newly dyed yarn lying in a heap on the kitchen floor is the most accurate: bright green, lemony yellow, bright blue and a dark plumy purple. I only used about half a ball and again I think I might have enough leftover for another pair…granted they might be ankle socks, but I’d rather not waste the leftovers!