Thursday, December 30, 2010

A few months of knitting

I have been knitting busily away over the last few months, I just haven't posted about it. I had to put several projects down to get on with Christmas jumpers for the nephews. I'd stopped knitting for them for Christmas (too much all at once, whereas birthdays in December and May were much more do-able) but with wedding plans earlier this year and the house move birthday jumpers didn't happen, so Christmas it had to be. I bought the yarn and pattern on honeymoon, from Warwick Wools, it's the same pattern - Sirdar kid's cabled sweater with a hood, and both sized age 7-8 (despite one being 4 and the other 6, they're both age 6 in everything!). The yarn is Sirdar Supersoft Aran, which doesn't feel too acrylicky and hopefully should wash reasonably well.

Then a friend had a baby (a girl, she's already got three boys) so I felt that deserved a bright and cheerful baby hat. This is the hat from the Opal baby cardigan set, using about half a skein of Regia Stretch Crazy Color that I had left over from an earlier project.

And which, of course, Monkey insisted on modelling, still wearing his trusty knitted banana stuffed down his vest.

And I finished my Owen socks, started what seems like forever ago. I was making good progress until the nephew jumpers and the Iron Knitter contest took over my time. I really like the cables in this pattern and the yarn (Five Moons Selene, which we were I was given as a wedding present) is a merino/bamboo mixture which feels gorgeous.

Then I knitted a Dalek for the OH for Christmas. This is the Extermiknit pattern I found on Ravelry, knitted with odds and ends of DK in secret at knitting group. It was very nearly all he got for Christmas, after my Amazon order of the DVD of Doctor Who series five for him got delayed by nearly 3 weeks in the snow. I had to do an impromptu trip into work on Christmas Eve to pick it up!
I think the knitted dalek looks rather sweet. Although possibly daleks aren't meant to look sweet?

And over Christmas I've been knitting a cabled tank top for a friend's baby, which is due in February (there must be something in the water at the moment, I know four people who are expecting babies in February!). The pattern is another Sirdar one, which I originally made for Noah back in 2008.

And I still have my Out of Town in London Fog Socks on the go. This was meant to be for the first round of the Iron Knitter contest, at which I was a total failure as I didn't even finish the first round! Again, these got a little overtaken by events and I'm not sure when I'm going to get them finished as I have a lot of baby knitting to do now. There were some really nice patterns in later rounds. I would still like to make: Island Paradise and the Magic Mirror socks. And I also like Moonlight Lattice but suspect it may be beyond me.

I've been thinking about what I'd like to knit in 2011. I have various baby projects in mind for all my friends who are pregnant, and I have promised someone else a pair of socks, and a lady at church a tea cosy. But apart from that I'd like to get on with Isabella, the Essential Cardigan and Lima at some point. And I'd also like to knit a jumper for the OH, but the Knitting Pure & Simple down-down pullover is the only pattern I've found so far that he likes!


Victoria said...

I love the socks! They look great. And so do the sweaters for your nephews. Of course all of it looks fabulous--you've been working away, haven't you!

liz h said...

An impressive amount of knitting. Love the baby hat.

Mary Anne said...

You have been a busy knitter, so many lovely completed projects!

Tina said...

While all these are great, I do love the hooded sweaters most and am thinking of knitting one for my niece in a more girlish colour :-)