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Holiday Knitting 2013

Another holiday season has come and gone – and I completed a few knitting projects along the way…

As usual, I knit a pair of worsted weight socks for my mom – she has cold floors and likes the extra thickness for warmth. She has three pairs of handknit socks now, so this pair is the fourth. Her other pairs are in blue, green and a variegated blue/purple, so I thought I’d give her something in a neutral color this time. I have a lot of yarn left from the stash that I inherited when my Aunt Pat passed away a couple of years ago, so I chose two skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease – which gives Mom a hint of wool but keeps in her acrylic comfort zone. One of these days I’ll convert her to wool, but figure I’ll do it a little at a time. :)

I used my go-to worsted weight sock pattern, which is the Winter Socks from the Magic Loop book. It’s a very easy, quick knit – I started the socks on December 20th and finished them tonight, December 29th (and that’s with taking a day off to finish another project that I’ll post about soon). I worked on them while Mom was here over Christmas, but hadn’t quite finished them before she had to head home, so I’ll drop them in the mail this week.

Along with Mom’s socks, I knit a couple of other quick projects. Knowing that the socks wouldn’t be done on Christmas day, I still wanted to have a gift for Mom to open. And Ron’s aunt was going to be coming along with his dad on Christmas morning, to keep him company since this is the first holiday season since Ron’s mom passed away in September, so I wanted something for her to open as well.

I’d seen some photos and videos around about arm knitting, so I watched a couple of tutorials and decided to give it a try. I made two arm-knitted infinity scarves in two evenings – they were extremely quick to make (less than an hour each) and pretty easy too, as soon as I got the hang of it. I’ll post a description and quick tutorial of what I did soon, but I think it’s a great technique for making gifts. The scarves are thick and warm and were well-received by both recipients.

Last year I had knitted ornaments for teacher gifts – this year I wanted a little variety. I found a pattern for a ‘Spa Day Facecloth’ that I liked, so I made five of them in first couple of weeks in December. I paired each one with a bar of sandlewood soap and gave the sets to each teacher and a couple of our TravelingMom team as well.

The last holiday craft was one I did with the girls and didn’t involve knitting. I’d found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was really cute. Hannah and I picked up a package of red ornaments at Michaels, along with some tan acrylic paint and tiny red pompoms. Add in each of my girls’ thumbs (plus a black Sharpie), and we made Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ornaments. They turned out really well, although next time I would label each thumprint so as to keep track of which came from whom. We gave these to neighbors, friends and family.

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Overall, the holiday knitting and crafting was a success – but I’m definitely looking forward to some knitting for fun, without a strict deadline. I’ve got a couple of other pairs of socks to finish, and I’d like to make some larger projects coming up too.

Bring on 2014!

My first year of ‘camp’

camp-loopy-2013Over this past year, as I’ve gotten more and more into the online knitting world of blogs, podcasts, Ravelry groups, etc., I’ve seen plenty of ways in which to get involved – both virtually and in-person. Everything from knit-alongs to sheep and wool festivals and fiber shows that you can attend in your local area (or travel to). I haven’t made it to a show yet, but it’s been a lot of fun to participate in a lot of the online activities that I’ve run across.

One of these that I’d heard of at the tail end of last summer was Camp Loopy, held through The Loopy Ewe (TLE). The store is located in Colorado, but has a large online shop as well, that I’ve become very familiar with over recent months. One promotion that they do every summer is Camp Loopy – kind of a win-win for knitters and store alike.

The way it works is that TLE provides both a knitting challenge as well as a discount on yarn to enable knitters to complete their projects. For example, June’s challenge was to knit something using only one skein of yarn (held singly, not doubled) that you’d never knit with before. You can participate whether or not you purchase your yarn through TLE – but they do offer incentives to buy through them, such as a 20% discount during ‘camp week’ for that month, as well as a free skein of a specially-dyed yarn for those who both buy their yarn through TLE AND complete all 3 months’ projects on time.

Along with the basic monthly challenge and incentives, TLE makes the experience a social and fun one by utilizing Ravelry to divide knitters up into groups for each month’s challenge so that they can share their progress, get advice, help each other out and get to know one another better. Everything is around the ‘camp’ theme – for this summer, June’s groups were themed around mountain-climbing (and knitting of course – I was in the Mount Tinknomore group), July’s were treehouses, and August’s were campfire games.

I was excited to participate in Camp Loopy this year for the first time – although I don’t know if I will do so again next year or not. The first month’s challenge was easy – for the one-skein project, I knit a pair of socks out of some yarn I found by browsing through the TLE online store – Crazyfoot by Mountain Colors. I used the Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern and they were a fun and easy knit.

July’s challenge got a little more difficult – you had to knit with at least 500 yards of yarn (single stranded) and use a pattern that’s popular on Ravelry (has at least 1000 projects listed or queued up). I went through my own queue and ended up deciding on the Traveling Woman shawl. Finding a yarn was a bit more challenging since my budget was small, but I ended up using one skein of Hand Maiden Mini Maiden – a wool/silk blend that is one of the softest yarns I’ve knit with so far. I chose a dark brown for my shawl, because I wanted it to match a good portion of my wardrobe, and I tend to wear neutrals a lot. The shawl was fun to knit and I finished well ahead of time.

By the time August rolled around though, it was getting a lot more challenging to complete Camp Loopy – this is a really busy month for me to begin with, getting the kids ready to go back to school, activities kick off, and my knitting time tends to be greatly reduced. And for August, you had to knit with at least 800 yards single-stranded. That’s a lot of yarn! I had to go with something on the inexpensive side to be able to afford multiple skeins, so I picked Cascade Heritage and decided to knit a pattern I’d found and really liked – the Drifting cardigan. For my size, it uses over 800 yards of yarn, so I was set.

It was a really, really easy knit – but I did have to really push it at the end to finish. I used two full skeins of yarn (over 800 yards),  and did finish the sweater in time. And it looked nice – and fit, sort of. It was more of a cropped sweater, which was ok – but not really what I prefer. So a week or two later I ended up picking out the bind-off, ripping the bottom ribbing back out, putting it back on the needles and adding a couple more inches from the 3rd skein that I’d bought, in order to make the sweater fit me better. And I’m really glad that I did so.

So yes, I did complete all three projects, with TLE yarn, and on-time. So I was thrilled to be able to choose one of the specially-dyed skeins of yarn and can’t wait to knit something with it soon. I had fun participating – although I really only became involved in the Ravelry threads during July. I was a little intimidated to join in during June – those boards move fast! And in August I was lucky to have enough time to knit, much less keep up with that month’s thread. I was very ready to have some deadline-free knitting time for September!

Overall it was a fun experience and gave me the chance to try a couple of patterns that I’d wanted to knit and some new yarns that I hadn’t used before. And I came out of it with my first sweater that I’d made for myself too, so it was definitely a success all around, I think. :)

I was not asked to mention or promote The Loopy Ewe or their Camp Loopy event, nor was I compensated in any way for doing so. I just like to share about fun knitting-related events and experiences that I’ve found.

A pair of socks each month

This was one of my goals for 2013 – and I’m so excited to be completely on-track, at least so far.

In January, I knit my first pair of self-striping socks – for myself. :)

Then, for February I knit a pair of socks for my youngest daughter – her older sisters have socks still that I’d made previously for them, but Becca had outgrown her previous pair a while ago, so she was due. I picked a fun self-striping yarn for her too – Loops & Threads Luxury Sock in the Balloons colorway and made just a plain stockinette sock again. She loves them and I did get them done in time – by about 10 minutes.

For March’s socks, I was thrilled to have been able to buy a skein of yarn from Fibernymph Dye Works, in her Bounce base. This is the Calypso colorway, and I love the chunky stripes with the eensy while stripes between. Green striped socks make me so happy, so these were again for me. And again, I finished them in time.

Since my oldest daughter’s birthday falls in April, I decided that it was her turn for another pair of socks. Abbi asked for socks in rainbow colors, which made for an interesting challenge when yarn shopping. I was able to find a rainbow-striping yarn from KnitPicks – their Felici sock yarn in (what else) the Rainbow colorway.

This time I wanted to do something a little different – they’re still going to be self-striping socks and I still wanted a fairly mindless, easy pattern but I wanted something other than straight stockinette. One of my newest podcast favorites is Mel-Tran Designs Knitting Corner and Melissa has a free pattern out on Ravelry for a Chevron sock striping pattern. The pattern is written toe-up, but it’s been very easy to adapt to cuff-down.

Abbi never wears matching socks, so these are going to be fraternal twins – I’m not every trying to match up the striping pattern. It’s kind of freeing to not have to even think about whether the stripes are lining up or not.

I’m making these on size 2 needles (3mm) over 72 stitches per sock. They do fit Abbi’s foot and leg, but she must have a large heel because it’s difficult to get the portion of cuff over her heel. I’m debating whether to keep going or frog these and start over again with 80 stitches per sock. The yarn is really stretchy though, so they may be ok as-is.

Striping sock yarn is so much fun to work with – I’ll have to see if I stay in the stripe frame of mind over the next few months or if I want to try anything else. Socks are a fun way to try out new techniques and patterns with a project that’s fairly quick, easy and portable.

12 pairs of socks by the end of 2013 – so far, so good!

Stipey sock goodness

IMG_6835It’s the beginning of a new month, and I’m actually on track for my sock knitting goal for 2013 – so far anyway. My goal is to knit one pair of socks (minimum) each month this year, and I completed the first pair just a day late, on February 1st.

This pair of socks wasn’t very complicated but it marks a few firsts for me.

1) This is my first pair of socks knit with self-striping yarn.

2) My first try at an afterthought heel.

IMG_66853) My first pair of socks knit without a specific pattern, instead using what I’ve learned about socks so far coupled with the Yarn Harlot’s basic sock recipe from her Knitting Rules book (which I recently read as well).

I used a couple of skeins of Patons Kroy Socks Ragg Shades that I’ve had for a while and knit them magic loop, 2-at-a-time on size US 1-1/2 needles and 80 stitches, starting with about 20 rows of 2×2 ribbing then just plain stockinette for the rest.

IMG_6816Since I’d never done an afterthought heel before, I simply added the waste yarn when I had the cuffs at a length that I liked and continued on for several inches. At that point, I picked up the heel stitches on one sock, pulled out the waste yarn and knit the heel so that I could try on the sock to figure out how far to knit the foot before starting the toe decreases. Then I finished the foot and toes for both socks at the same time and once they were of the needles, I went back and added the heel to the second sock. Now I know how long to make the foot in general, so I’ll just be able to measure next time and do both heels after the socks are otherwise completed.

They turned out really well and fit great! It was good to have a very simple and easy project to tote around with me or use when I didn’t want to concentrate on anything difficult or confusing.

It’s already February 3rd and I have yet to start this month’s socks – I want to knit a pair for my youngest daughter since she’s currently the only one of the girls without a pair of hand-knit socks that fit (she outgrew her only pair a while ago but I was working on socks for her sisters at that point). I need to get out to the store to find some yarn and then I’ll be ready to cast on a pair for her.

One nice thing about 7-year-old feet – they’re smaller, so the socks will be a faster knit. :)

A New Year and Knitting Goals

IMG_6511Another year has gone by and I wanted to take a few moments to give an update on my holiday knitting projects and what my goals are for 2013…

I had so much fun knitting the holiday ornaments and gave out almost all of them as gifts. The only one I kept is the first one that I made – it wasn’t the greatest job of figuring out when to start decreases at the top, but I couldn’t bring myself to rip it out and start over since it was my first one. I’ll make another IMG_5666(better) one for our tree for Christmas 2013 – right now I’m a little burned out on them. :) I gave out a total of 12 ornaments to friends, neighbors, family and teachers. I also spent time sewing little drawstring gift bags for each ornament, which was almost as fun as knitting them. My craft goals for 2013 definitely include more time on the sewing machine. :)

IMG_6652Along with the ornaments, I also knit my mom a pair of socks for Christmas. I’d made her a pair last year and she liked them so much that I promised her another. I used a different pattern this time for some variety – I knit the H Socks from my 2-at-a-time Socks book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. It was an easy and fun pattern and Mom really liked the design. The socks took about 10 days – with all of the holiday craziness I didn’t finish them until early Christmas morning, and quickly (and quietly) wrapped them and snuck them under the tree. I made them using a couple of skeins of blue yarn that I’d found buried in my drawer of old yarn from my crocheting days – they had to be at least 10 years old, but the yarn was acrylic and in great shape and it knit up just fine. My mom can’t wear wool, so I have to use acrylic yarn for her socks. I wanted a worsted weight yarn since her floors get very cold in the winter so she wears thick, warm socks.

IMG_6690I’m glad to be done with the holiday knitting so I can finish a couple of other projects that have been languishing on the needles for the past few months – as well as start some new ones. I already cast on a pair of simple stockinette socks in a fun self-striping yarn – those will be my take-along knitting to keep in my purse and knit on when I have a few moments here or there or when I need something mindless to work on. I have a couple of other things in mind as well that I’d like to start soon too.

So, on to my knitting goals! These may be lofty, but hopefully are do-able. There’s still so much that I want to learn/do when it comes to knitting.

  1. Knit a minimum of one pair of socks each month. I think this is manageable – and I love knitting socks. I also want to learn new patterns and techniques, including trying toe-up socks and some other types of heel construction (such as an afterthought heel).
  2. Knit a Fair Isle project. I had a lot of fun with the KnitFreedom video e-book course and the felted bag project, so now I want to go on and try a non-felted project to see how well I can manage the tension and different colors. I’m thinking maybe a hat or mittens would be a good first project.
  3. Knit a sweater. I successfully knit two shrugs a couple of years ago but have never tried an actual sweater. I’ve got yarn and a pattern for a simple kid-sized one that I’d like to work on this winter – although it realistically might not be finished in time to wear until next fall. We’ll see.
  4. Knit a shawl. I see so many beautiful projects and patterns on Ravelry on in the podcasts that I watch – I’m a bit daunted by the idea of charts, but love the challenge of lace knitting. Going along with this one is…
  5. Get comfortable knitting from charts.
  6. Last but not least – my goal is to blog here a lot more regularly than I did in 2012 about my knitting journey, my projects and everything I learn along the way.

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!

Off the Needles! Athena Socks – Take 2

AbbisSocks 008Back in January, I set out to knit my oldest daughter a pair of socks. Nine months later – she finally has a pair that fit! And I am planning on waiting a very long time before knitting anything else in pink. ;)

The first pair of socks did not fit Abbi – I think that I actually messed something up in the gusset decreases because while that pair of socks does fit Hannah, they’re very difficult to get over even her heels. And there was no way they were going to fit over Abbi’s heels. So in March, I set out to knit a second pair of the same socks – same pattern, same yarn. The only differences were that I went up one needle size and knit the largest pattern size (Large instead of Medium).

AbbisSocks 007This time, the socks slip over Abbi’s heels easily and they fit her perfectly. Or almost – I deliberately made them slightly long for her feet so she’s got some room before outgrowing them. Although with a shoe size of 8-1/2 already, I can’t imagine that her feet have a ton of growing left to do – but she’s not even 12 years old yet, so who knows.

This particular pair of socks has been hanging over my head for months now. I took a break from them (and almost any other knitting) over the summer and when I picked my needles back up this fall, I knew that I had to make myself finish these before starting anything else. That didn’t quite work – I just plain needed something else to work on for some variety, or I would’ve never been able to get these done.

But they are done! And I am so, so happy. I love this pattern, but after making two pairs of these socks, one right after the other, in the same exact yarn – I am terribly burned out on it. And ready for a new challenge.

Autumn Fern Mobius 003Which I am finding in the way of the Dream in Color Dream Club October 2012 Knit-Along project – the Autumn Fern Mobius cowl. The yarn is so pretty and I love the pattern too. I’ve cast it on and finished one set of pattern repeats. Now that the socks are done, I can really get working on this and also finish up the poncho that I started as well.

And yes, I’ll probably cast on more socks again soon too. I love how portable they are, not to mention useful. Or maybe I’ll try some mittens for the girls for winter. And then there’s holiday gift knitting… Oh the possibilities are endless!

Now if only my knitting time were as endless… ;)

Summer Knitting

Enjoying beautiful weather on this Sunday by knitting out on the deck. :)Yes, I know -it’s been forever and a day since I posted over here.

Not that I haven’t been knitting… Although I do find that during the summer I don’t generally do as much knitting as in the colder months. It’s just too hard to knit when your hands are sweaty.

But I did actually knit more this summer than usual – probably because it was SO hot out that we spent practically the entire summer inside, in air conditioning. And then 3 weeks on vacation – and yes, I did take my knitting with me. And I even worked on it. For a few minutes here or there. Sometimes. ;)

I only finished one project over the summer though, and you can see all about it in the review that I did post back in June, for the Fair Isle video e-book from KnitFreedom. And I have another project that’s just about half done as well – I’m trying a poncho from a book that I purchased, called More Knitting in the Sun. It’s my first foray into lace knitting and is a very simple pattern that’s extremely repetitive – which is making it a very easy knit. The poncho is knit in two panels that are then attached – I have the first panel completed but am waiting to start the second.

CabledSocks 002The reason I haven’t started the second panel for the poncho yet is because I still have that pesky pair of pink Athena socks left to finish for my oldest daughter. I’d knit a pair last winter/spring which turned out to be too small – I’m not sure how I miscalculated, but even my 9-year-old has trouble getting the socks over her heels to put them on and take them off.

This second pair that I’m working on seem to be better – I finished the gusset decreases last week at Hannah’s soccer practice so am to the point of just working on the foot length. I am so tired of this pattern though – one reason why I’m making myself finish these socks before starting anything else. Poor Abbi has never had hand-knit socks yet, while both of her sisters have. Whoops.

After I’ve finished the socks and the poncho (I’ll post more details about that project when I start the second piece of it), I’m not totally sure what I’ll try next. I do want to have a pair of socks on the needles at all times though, since they’re an easy and portable project. And I think I’d like to try to learn how to knit them toe-up, since I’ve now pretty much mastered the 2-at-a-time method. Other projects I think I’d like to try are:

  • a lightweight, slouchy hat for myself
  • A sweater
  • fingerless gloves/wrist warmers
  • a new Fair Isle project (may be combined with an of the above if I can find a fun pattern)

I also have bought several skeins of the ruffle yarn to us to make scarves for holiday gifts – I know I’ll make one for my mom and possibly for my mother-in-law, although I made her a scarf last year. I might make a couple to use as teacher gifts for Hannah and Becca as well – Abbi has a male teacher this year, so I’ll have to think of something else for him. :) I like the ruffle scarves though because they’re a fun, quick knit that doesn’t look like it takes as little time as it really does. <grin>

Speaking of ruffle scarves, I did teach Abbi how to knit them, and she finished one – which she gave to her best friend as a birthday gift over the summer. I’m working on teaching Hannah, and on getting Abbi motivated to try making another. Maybe I’ll be able to delegate the gift-making for the grandmas to the girls… Hmm, that idea is worth considering!

Sometimes, I am an idiot.

It’s true. I tend to be a more detail-oriented kind of person, which is very good in some ways but there are times when I kind of tend to overlook the big picture because I get too caught up in the details.

For example…

I received a new knitting book for Christmas and have been very excited to try my first pair of socks from it. The book is 2-At-A-Time Socks(affiliate link) by Melissa Morgan-Oakes and it has a lot of really fun looking sock patterns to try out. My oldest daughter is the only child left in the family for whom I have not yet knit a pair of socks, so I let her choose her favorite pattern from the new book.

She chose the Athena pattern – a really pretty cabled sock that I was looking forward to working on. This book is done with charts – so I’d be learning something new since I hadn’t worked from a pattern chart before.

The chart is fairly easy to follow – like a grid. Start at stitch 1 of row 1 and work right to left and bottom to top. Simple, right?

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As I got further into the pattern, I noticed that my cables weren’t winding around each other the way the pattern shows. I realized that I’d gotten so wrapped up in following each stitch and step exactly as written that I’d forgotten that I knit left-handed. And since I knit left-to-right and I was following the chart right-to-left, I figured I was doing the pattern wrong and should start again, this time following the chart backward, beginning at stitch 28 of row 1 and working left to right and bottom to top.

So I frogged the entire pair of socks. And began again from the very beginning of casting on both pairs of socks.

After (re)knitting the cuffs and getting back into the pattern stitches, it didn’t take more than a few rows before I realized that the cables definitely weren’t looking better – in fact, this time they didn’t even look like cables but rather a jumbled mess.

Thankfully, this time I was able to simply ‘tink’ back those few pattern rounds that I’d already knit (a lot of fun dealing with the cable hook there), back to where I’d started cabling. I looked again at the photos I’d taken of my first attempt and decided that the cables really didn’t look that far off anyway – and if something wrapped to the back when it ‘should’ wrap to the front… As long as everything lines up in the end, it shouldn’t matter.

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So my lesson learned is that I shouldn’t try to second-guess a pattern or analyze why it works or doesn’t – but just accept the fact that the designer knew what she was doing and apparently left-handed or not, I simply need to follow the directions as written.

I may be an idiot – but I do (usually) at least learn from my mistakes!

UFOs (no, not the outer space kind)

In fiber-speak, a UFO is not something that involves little green men or anything, but rather stands for UnFinished Objects. Something that we all tend to have at least one or two (or more) of sitting around for one reason or another. Perhaps it’s because you ran out of yarn (gasp!), couldn’t figure something out in the pattern, got bored, or just got more interested in other projects… Those pesky UFOs just sit there, waiting for you to pick them back up again.

Sometimes you do. And sometimes you don’t.

Smock TopLast year I had 3 UFOs that sat in my closet and weighed on my mind. The first was the initial Smock Top that I started in 2010 but then realized that I was making the wrong size so put aside. Last year I restarted knitting the same pattern in a bigger size, but with different yarn. The first attempt sat in my knitting bag for months – until I decided to knit my mother-in-law a scarf for Christmas and needed to find a lightweight cotton yarn quickly. The yarn from the first Smock Top was perfect, so I pulled it apart and used the same yarn to knit the scarf.

SmockTopTake2 001One UFO dealt with and off the needles! Of course, there’s still the second Smock Top, which also seems to be languishing in my knitting bag for no other reason than I just simply haven’t had the interest in working on it lately. We’ll see if I can manage to finally finish this pattern at some point!

HannahsSecondSock 003The other UFO that I had last year was the pair of socks I was making for my middle daughter – this project became the unfortunate victim to ‘Second Sock Syndrome’ before I learned how to knit two socks at once. Having frogged almost an entire sock before completing the first one, I pretty much felt like I’d already knit two socks and I was tired of the pattern by summertime. I had gotten all the way to knitting the foot section and then just left it. I needed a break from that one.

And the extended break worked – last fall, after I taught myself to knit 2 socks at once Magic Loop style, I made myself finish that second sock before I started any other projects. The feeling of having it finally done was wonderful – and seeing my daughter so excited to have her pair of socks to wear (finally!) reminded me of why I love to knit for others to begin with. :)

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I was rather amazed that I was able to match the striping up so closely on this pair of socks, but also glad to know how to knit 2 at a time now so that will be much easier from now on!

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So if you were keeping track, that leaves me with only the one UFO for now – that second Smock Top. We’ll see if I can get that finished in 2012, but who knows what other UFOs I’ll manage to come up with!

Christmas gifts, last-minute style

As I’m somewhat prone to procrastination, I didn’t really think much about Christmas gifts for 2011 until the season was well underway. In my defense though, it really didn’t feel much like Christmas this year, between having almost no snow to speak of in December and my mood in general being on the rather glum side. It really wasn’t until a couple of weeks before the big day that I began to seriously shop and consider what we were going to do in the way of gifts for grandparents, etc.

I’d had in the back of my mind for a while that I wanted to knit a pair of socks for my mom. She’s 78 years old, lives alone in a house with extremely cold floors in the winter time and it had been a while since I’d made her something as a gift. Originally I’d started a pair of socks for my oldest daughter but quickly realized that I was not going to have enough time to both finish that pair and knit a whole other pair for my mom, so it made more sense to give the pair I was currently working on to my mom instead and knit my daughter a pair sometime later, since hers weren’t specifically a Christmas gift.

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I love the colors of this yarn that I used and was (slightly) tempted to hang onto it for a pair of socks for myself, but as it’s 100% acrylic yarn and my feet need to breathe, I decided it was best to use it for this particular gift. Acrylic is washer-safe for easy care for my mom and I knew she would love the colors just as much as I did. The pattern was the same Winter Sock pattern that I’d made twice before – it’s a good, easy, quick knit and I knew it would make a thick, warm pair of socks for my mom.

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Not having my mom’s feet available to judge size, I used the next-best thing – my oldest daughter’s feet. She’s in a women’s size 8 shoe now, which I knew was roughly the same size my mom wears. My feet are much wider than my mom’s, so mine aren’t a good judge of fit for her socks. I simply guessed – and hoped, that the fit would turn out right. And thankfully after my mom opened them on Christmas and tried them on – it did!

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I finished the socks three days before Christmas, but I wasn’t done knitting for the holiday yet. After deciding to make the socks for my mom, I thought about the fact that my mother-in-law would be there on Christmas morning while gifts were opened, and we didn’t have a gift picked out for her yet. Since I was hand-knitting something for my own mother, it only felt fair to make something for my mother-in-law too.

I knew I wouldn’t have enough time for another pair of socks, so I decided on something that would be a quicker project to complete, but still useful – and pretty. I found a free pattern for a Cotton Lace Scarf by using the Lion Brand iPhone app and luckily had the perfect yarn already in my stash. I began the scarf on December 22nd and worked on it every moment that I was sitting down. Which wasn’t a lot of them since we also were completing a big bedroom shuffle in the house, which necessitated painting, moving furniture and trying to get the house in somewhat decent shape for guests before Christmas Eve.

I finished the scarf in time – at 3am on Christmas morning, that is. And quickly packed it into a box I had ready and waiting, wrapped it and stuck it under the tree only hours before the kids had us awake and ready to attack the pile of gifts.

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I only have one photo of the scarf – I forgot to take any pictures of the finished item in my rush to get it done. But it turned out really pretty and I wouldn’t mind making another one someday – when I’ll have a little more time to actually enjoy the process.

For Christmas 2012, I am determined to decide on and start any holiday-related projects in plenty of time! Like maybe October.

Or July. ;)