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This was a Christmas gift for my sister, I’m sorry these photos do not do the scarf any justice (they are seriously BAD – I need a new camera). I’ll have to get a pic of my sister actually wearing it…


Pattern: My So Called Scarf

Needes: US7 Brittany Bamboo Straight Needles
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Stonechat – 1 1/3 skeins
Mods: I only cast on 16 stitches (I think) to make a skinny long scarf as I was only using 1 skein plus 1/3 of what was leftover from other projects I gave her (see Fetching and Calorimetry).

Love the stitch pattern – it looks complicated when its not really complicated at all. I will definitely make this one again!!


My friend suggested to another friend that she may be interested in a knitted clutch, and her fiance told me her wedding colors were red, brown, and aqua, so voila, a stripy felted clutch:


Pattern: The Clutch You’ll Never Give Up by Leigh Radford, One Skein
Needes: US11 Addi Turbo Circs
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Blue Bonnet, and Chocolate – 1 skein each
Finished Size: 14″ x 6″ pre-felting, 12″ x 6″ post-felting
Mods: Obviously I knit this stripped. If I remember correctly I knit 12 rounds in chocolate and red, then 10 in blue, including the handle. I also cast on 95 stitches as my gauge was off since I was using smaller needles that recommended in the pattern.

I think the clutch is adorable. It was my first felting project, and I closely followed the directions in One Skein for felting, but instead of adding a tennis ball to the washer, I tool the advice of my LYS and added a pair of jeans. It took 3 cycles in the agitator to get it felted all the way. I decided not to add any buttons because 1) My good friend is very particular about stuff like that and I thought she might like to choose something herself, or go without buttons, and 2) I couldn’t find any that I liked and that matched. I also didn’t line the bag for the same reasons but will let Aerin know that if she wants it lined I can sew it in for her (as well as attach any buttons). Now I need one for me!!

I was wondering when it would happen – I burned out on December 22nd, and couldn’t knit for others anymore. I wanted to make my mom and dad something else, I even had plans on what those were going to be, but I crapped out. Instead I picked up my BFF socks, and worked the heel and started the foot portion, then realized that it was too big. I could knit it all the way and just deal with large socks, but I really love the yarn and pattern so I want to make them just right. Here’s what they look like so far:


I love them, but they are just too big so I think I’m gonna rip and go one size down. Plus I’m experimenting on the short row heel and this one had too many wraps, making the heel a bit droopy. These are taking me forever!!

I’ve also been working on the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I finished up the sleeves and added several inches to the body. Last night I attached the sleeves, so its moving right along!


I stopped by one of my favorite LYS’s on Boxing Day, and I was fortunate enough to walk into a 50% off ALL YARN sale! So needless to say I spent some moolah. Here’s what I picked up:


Claudia’s Handpainted Yarn in Peony


Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Olive


And the big haul was 8 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in Rage. I’ve been itching to knit with this stuff, especially after I’ve heard people that knit with it for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan and say that it knits like a dream. Now, what should I knit with it? I was thinking either the Boatneck Bluebell Sweater or Textured Tunic with Side Buttons in Fitted Knits (ravelry links!), or the Central Park Hoodie. Any suggestions?

I have several Christmas FO’s to report!  I gave these Cozies to all my brother-in-law’s family, and some of my close friends on Paperback Swap.  They were so easy to make and after knitting a few I had a system and was able to whip each one up in about 90 minutes.  I also added some homemade hot cocoa and mini marshmallows with the mug and cozy.



Pattern: Garter Mug Cozies by Cathy Carron, Interweave Knits, Holiday 2007
Needles: US5 Cystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Cardinal, Pea Soup Mix, and Woodland Mix – I used less than 3 skeins for 12 cozies
Mods: I did 6 increases for the base, then knit 10 rounds stockinette before switching to garter rib.  I then knit 16 rounds of garter rib in the main color before switching to the contrast color.  For the tie I cast on 20 stitches instead of 15 on each side.

These are such a great gift!  They are quick to knit up and who doesn’t drink coffee, tea or cocoa?   I recommend buying the mug before knitting to make sure it fits nice and snug 🙂

Almost done! I have only a few Garter Mug Cozies to finish up then if I can get to it a My So Called Scarf I started for my sis. I wanted to make one more thing for my mom, and if I have time I’ll get to it (I’m thinking of Leisel to match her Calorimetry, which I haven’t posted about yet cause I still need the button!!). But almost everything is finished. In the course of knitting gifts for friends and family I have developed a callus on my middle left finger and have mini bruises on my ring fingers where I grip the DPN’s. But its all in the spirit of giving so its all good.

Here are a few things I have almost finished but still need some finishing on:


This is my friend Aerin’s The Clutch You’ll Never Give Up from One Skein, and her favorite colors at the moment are brown, red and aqua (at least they are her wedding colors). The blue isn’t as aqua as I would have liked but that’s a hard color to find! I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, and as this was my first felting project I really liked how it turned out. Now I need some buttons!

Here’s my mom’s calorimetry, which is finished except for the button (I really need to get to Joann’s):


She saw the one I made for my sis and absolutely loved it, so she’s getting one too!

I only have 3 days of knitting left so I’m going to get to it. I am coming down with something too (I think its a sinus infection), so I hope that doesn’t derail the knitting mojo! If I don’t post again have a happy holiday!


Pattern: Dad’s Kneewarmers – my own
Needles: US4 Cystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool in Sapphire – about 100 yards

My dad’s knees always get cold, so my mom suggested I knit him up some Knee Warmers. After measuring my knee as a guide, I cast on 68 stitches and just knit in the round for about 65 rounds. My gauge on this was about 21 sts/4 inch. Its basically a simple tube.



Pattern: Based on the December Lights Tam by Mary Jane Mucklestone (Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2007)
Needles: US1 and US2 Addi Turbo Circs
Yarn: ShiBuiKnits Sock in Bark – a little less than 1 skein
Mods: Obviously I didn’t knit this up in fair isle. I used the pattern as a guide on the construction of the Tam. I was also off a little in the row gauge (I had 2 more/inch), so I added 7 rows to the body and another 4 to the decrease rounds, just spaced them out equally.

I love how this turned out! The sock yarn was a delight to knit with (and I still have one skein left so I guess I’ll be buying more Shibui!!). My good friend was flipping through the IK Holiday Gifts issue and said that the tam would be so cute in brown or black, and that she had seen on at Nordstrom’s or something and that it was very expensive. Perfect gift for her! Plus I think it looks really great on her, and I love the color!



Pattern: Shifting Sands Scarf by Grumperina
Needles: US8 Straight Needles
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Rich Chocolate – 2 skeins
Mods: I cast on 37 stitches to make the scarf a bit narrower.


Big thumbs up on this one!! This scarf is for my brother-in-law for Christmas. At first I was a bit worried that the colors wouldn’t be masculine enough, but after asking lots of guys their opinion I believe it will do fine! I love this pattern – its easy and a bit mindless. I did get bored with it after a while and ended up putting it aside for other projects, but absolutely LOVED how it turned out. Malabrigo is some of the best yarn out there…in fact I think I convinced a LYS to carry it – yay me! The scarf also curled like a mo-fo, but after blocking it appears it won’t be an issue.


Pattern: Baby Bobbi Bear by Bobbi Intveld
Needles: US7 Addi Turbo Circular Needles
: Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Sand
I used a provisional cast on (my first!!) for the body to add the butt and legs.  I didn’t do the duplicate stitch for the neck because I didn’t want to fiddle with it, especially with the Organic Cotton.

Overall result is that I love the bear but really didn’t like knitting it up.  The Organic Cotton had no give and if ripping was necessary it had a tenancy to tear apart, which made me absolutely crazy.  The softness of the yarn makes up for this however.  Its is soooo soft.  The good this is that now Elisa has a friend 🙂


I had the opportunity to take a pretty much free trip to Acapulco, Mexico, and jumped at the chance.  My mom was going to a medical conference there (that I had informed her about), and since she already had the hotel room paid for with educational money, I decided to hop on board.  I got a ticket there and back using airline miles, and took $250 with me, which is all I spent the entire time there.  We stayed at a gorgeous hotel, The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, which had these on the hotel grounds:


Yep, lots of wildlife.  I took some knitting with me for evenings…I figured I could get a few of the Garter Mug Cozies out of the way (I think I ended up knitting 3 while I was there), and read 6 books poolside.  SIX BOOKS!!! It was a very relaxing vacation (even if I was ready to be away from mom for a few days).


Can you feel the breeze from the ocean??  I’m soooo glad I made the decision to go.  It was so worth it!

I have several Christmas and Baby FO’s to report, and I’ll do those over the course of the next few days!

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