Handmade Holidays 2011: The knitting edition

Let’s talk holiday crafting, shall we? I once again made many of my gifts myself, so there are a few to talk about. Today I’m only focused on the projects I knitted – I’ll cover the rest next time.

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First up are a pair of Monkey socks I made for D. The yarn is Dyeabolical Strong Arm Skinny one of the sock club colorways – Always Rainbows. D LOVED them. She immediately took her own socks off & put these on and wore them the rest of the day. When I saw her again on Saturday she had already washed them & was waiting for it to be cold enough for her to wear them again.
I made these toe-up with a heel flap, but read the chart the same (so the pattern is upside down from the knitty version).

For Dad, I started a pair of socks & ran out of time. I’m ready to start the gusset increases on the first sock now, so he should have them just in time for the weather to warm up.
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Instead of socks, I made him this ice scraper mitt (forgive the picture – I forgot to take one & had D just snap one with her phone for me). The pattern is the Ice & Snow Scraper Mitt (ravelry link) & worked up fairly quickly. I probably should have gone up a needle size, but I used 11’s and the next size up I had were 15’s – I thought that might make the fabric too loose & defeat the purpose of keeping one’s hands warm while scraping ice off the car.

Molly Hat
For Mindy, I made a Molly hat out of Berroco Vintage – she has a sensitive head, so I wanted to use something that wouldn’t make her itchy. I liked it so much that I want to make one for me now. I started decreases after the 16th repeat of the 3-row ribbing pattern (instead of the 19 the pattern called for), as it was already super slouchy.

I made this tiny hot dog for Mindy’s hubby as an add-on to his gift (which was “awesome like a hot dog”).
Tiny Hot Dog
The pattern for this one is in the Teeny Tiny Mochimochi book.

And finally, I made a pair of Commuter Mitts for Kim out of some Malabrigo Rios in Arco Iris. I loved working with this yarn because the color was fun – I just wanted to see how it would look when I was done. It was hard to capture with the camera, but the yarn & pattern worked well together.
Commuter Mitts

And that does it for things I made with yarn this year.

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