In a completely Boneheaded Move, I deleted this post. I will now try to reconstruct.
I spent the months of November and December in secret knitting, but now that the gifts have been opened, I will disclose my efforts.
This year, the theme was wool hats, with the exception of a couple of scarfs and bath puffs.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
I learned a lot from this pattern. It is very well written, and it was the first time I had used a tubular cast-on. Though a little challenging, it looks good and seems necessary to keep the hat on. I cast on and knit the four rows with size US8 circular needle, put provisional stitches for the tubular on US6 circular needle then knit the first row of K2P2 rib onto the US8 circular, then switched to US5 dpns for the next 8 rounds.
Pattern: Marsan Watchcap
Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair.
After making one of these for Scott, he suggested I make them for all the guys. Let’s just say I can probably knit this in my sleep.
Yarn: Rowan RowanspunDK
An experiment in double knitting. The pattern is based on this robot from explodingdog.com. It is a website that Scott found many years ago after searching “make sarah smile“. I started the decreases a little early and in a manner I would not do again, but I hope my brother likes it anyway. The yarn was tough to work with for this project because it was uneven in thickness and tended to break with just a little too much tension.
I used the asymmetric graph paper generator from this site and drew the pattern by hand.
This was definitely the most challenging project.
Pattern: My So-called Scarf
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 skein each of Ibiza and Tortuga Colorways
I finally wove in the ends and gave it to Scott. You can see him wearing it in the pictures of NYC.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns, “Cloud 9” 50/50 Wool/Angora
This pattern is going to make me eat my words about not knowing why people knit lace when they can crochet. This pattern was so simple and elegant, that I think I see more lace knitting projects in my future.
Pattern: Cotton Bath Puff
Yarn: Lily Sugar n’ Cream
Fun little project that can be thrown in the washing machine to clean, unlike the nylon ones. Definitely more environmentally friendly. I will have to make one for myself soon.
That about wraps it up. I knit all of these, with the exception of the striped scarf, in about 5 weeks, so I am pretty happy and a little worn out. I have a few stragglers yet to send, but I’m mostly done.
Next year I plan to start earlier so I can enjoy it a little more.