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Monday, December 2, 2013

Hanukkah Knits

Hanukkah is the earliest I can ever remember it being!  Happily I finished right on time, literally, the day before.

My oldest got the Lucy Hat. When I sent her a picture of the hat and asked her if she would like it, she was very noncommittal.  I believe she said "if you want to". It's a good thing I really wanted to make it and thought it would look good on her.  She loved it so much, she kept it on the whole night. I knit it with Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash Solids (Worsted: 100% superwash merino, 218 yards).

As an aside, I love the hat so much, that I made one for the store and put in a "flash" class for Saturday, December 7 & 14.  I'm also going to make myself one.  It's really adorable.

Her BF got a pair of socks.  He put them on immediately, over the socks he was wearing!  I love that! I knit a basic worsted weight sock, 2 @ time, toe up.  The yarn is Berroco Comfort Solids Worsted (Worsted: 50% Nylon, 50% Acrylic, 210 yards).

Thing #1 got her long awaited Black Lace Sweater ... in pieces.  With good reason though; I had questions about sleeve length and buttons.  She was constantly lamenting about the sweater I had promised her. I had lulled her into a false state of disappointment. Makes the gift giving that much sweeter.

Last year she got the blocked swatch.  This is the sweater she swears I promised her even though I know I would NEVER promise a black lace sweater to anyone.

Happily (for both of us) she was delighted and thought it was perfect.

There was one snide comment, she said "I didn't think I'd see this till 2022". I told her 2023 was not out of the question. Don't mess with Mama when she's knitting for you.  Word to the wise.

Thing #2 got the Cinder Scarf a beautiful, bulky, reversible cable scarf. I knit it with stash (yeah!) Berroco Vintage Chunky (Bulky: 50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon (Polyamide), 130 yards).  She loved it. I would definitely knit this again for myself or as a gift.

 Joe was positively exuberant over his socks.  Maybe a little over the top.  He's still stinging from the the 2 year period where one year he got yarn and the next year he got socks.

However, in all fairness to me, when I first started knitting socks - he didn't want a pair. It was only later when everyone around him was getting socks that he warmed to the idea.  Now he loves them. The yarn is Bergere Magic (Worsted: 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic, 87 yards).

Since Hanukkah fell over Thanksgiving we did a Secret Santa (or Secret Maccabees as it's now being called) for the whole family.   I got my cousin David who is a big New Jersey Devils fan.

The hat is my Simple & Easy Hat for the Whole Family

I did try doing Intarsia for the logo, it just wasn't coming out nicely.

I ended up buying a patch online and sewing it on. For the horns, I used a pattern I found on Ravelry. I added a penny to the bottom of each horn to give it stability and stuffed it with yarn as I didn't have any stuffing in the house. He loved it.  I did have a picture of him wearing it, but it was blurry. The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool Aran (Aran: 100% Superwash Wool, 186 yards).

And now the pressure is off, I can finish Thing #1's sweater out in the open.  You see I had all the knitting projects in one bag.  If the person who's gift I was knitting walked into the room, I quickly stuffed it in the bag and drew out another.  There were a few tangles and dropped stitches along the way, but it all got done.

Big sigh of relief here.

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