As I think I mentioned before, looking after the ailing Dafter has provided me with a lot of knitting time. And what better use of knitting time than to make Christmas presents? I was very productive this year, and can’t resist showing off a little bit.
First up, I made two golden shawls, from Malabrigo sock wool and using the Holden Shawlette pattern by Mindy Wilkes. I bought two hanks, as the yellow colour “called” to me to make it into a shawl for my dear friend Roobeedoo. Lo and behold – most unusually for me as I am a “loose knitter,” not the same as being a loose woman – I had an entire hank left when I finished it. I then thought of another person who favours gold, and made a second one for her. It was a pleasure to knit both – one of those simple but effective patterns.
I then made this “Cleome” shawl designed by Charlotte Walford for another knitting friend. It uses Manos del Uruguay Fino yarn, which is 70% and 30% silk and therefore very dreamy to knit with. The pattern was intriguing, and not nearly so complicated to do as the finished result looks. Tilly helped me to block the shawl – she is always trying to pull the pins out!
Prior to all the shawls, I tried my hand at knitting some socks, which I don’t do very often. I made these slipper-socks for my friend and neighbour Betty:
Lastly, with the clock somewhat ticking down to the last posting day, I turned my hand to making the Rosy Posy Tea Cosy by Loani Prior. I used leftover wool from my rather large selection, and was very pleased to discover that I was able to crochet well enough to make the roses for the top. I’d been inspired by the crochet lesson that Tina gave Jill during our get-together at the Lighthouse Museum in November. Thank you, Tina!
I was practically sewing it together on my way to the post office! But I did make the deadline, and I really hope it arrived before Christmas.
I’ve said it before, but will say it again – thank GOODNESS for knitting, it really is such a lifesaver.