Friday, December 29, 2006

A knitter's Christmas

We have returned from our Christmas vacation in Tennessee and amazingly enough, I got a lot of knitting "almost" done! On the plane from Providence to Detroit to Nashville, I started Brad's "dorm socks" or as I have dubbed them, Mountain Man Cabin Socks! It is made from Mission Falls superwash that I picked up at the Yarn Shoppe in Canada a few months ago and I used the Yankee Knitter Basic Sock Pattern with, 3 by 1 rib. Brad wanted a long sock to keep his legs warm so the one sock I've made so far has used two whole balls of yarn! I didn't finish the toe yet as I've never done a Kitchener Stitch and wanted to be at home to do it first rather than on the road.

I also started mittens for my girlfriend Rhonda to match her Danica entrelac scarf. I started these on Monday night, but my gusset was "holey" where I was increasing. I went to the Local Yarn Store (LYS), Loopville, in Knoxville, TN, where the owner so graciously helped me figure out why I was having the "holey" gusset. So, I had to rip the mitten back out and start all over! I didn't restart the mittens until Wednesday night and finished one...the other I started on our journey back to Nashville - 3 hours - and almost finished it. I didn't have anything to weave the ends in with, so I fessed up to Rhonda that I would have to ship her mittens to her when they were officially complete! I used the Starter Mittens pattern from Lion Brand website. I did find a few mistakes for anyone that may want to knit these mittens.

As I was home knitting, I found out my little mother used to knit and crochet! She helped knit the mittens above and then asked if I would knit her a scarf - which I would have never guessed she would have ever wanted! My mom is not the accessory lady! So when we scouted out Loopville, I was talking to the owner and saw a beautiful scarf made out of chenille. I've always heard that chenille is a knitter's nightmare and it is very difficult to knit with since it has no give. But this yarn was so soft and the colors suited my mom so well that I had to buy it and take my chances. Since the chenille doesn't show stitch definition, I decided to knit the scarf in a simple 1 x 1 rib pattern and I'm very pleased with it so far. It is made from Plymouth Sinsation and is just awesome to knit with. I've also been using one of my new Christmas gifts - the Options needles from knitpicks.
So - I've been very productive this vacation break and am looking forward to finishing these projects up to start new ones!!

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