|The Ladies' gifts|
The sockhead hat in the boys' collection followed the pattern but the other two were adapted. The grey hat uses Heather Kinne's Lined Beanie pattern, but instead of striping I used a textured stitch for the outside. I was very pleased with the result. It's a simple but ingenious pattern . Maybe next time I'd use something with a bit more ribbing to make the fit a bit more snug, but I was reluctant to do that given that the inner layer is stocking stitch. Still, that could be ribbed too. I chose this pattern because the recipient spends a lot of time outside in the cold for his hobbies - it should get a lot of wear.
|For the Boys|
The other adaptation was to the cowl. This was based on Totally Biased ! by Susan Ashcroft. I used two colours of Debbie Bliss's Donegal Tweed Aran which were chosen because the recipient has happy memories of a maroon sweater with mustard flecks from when he was a child. I loved working with this yarn and really enjoyed devising the striping sequence.
Details of all of these projects (and more) are in my Ravelry Projects.
|Photo courtesy of Amazon|
Santa was very good to me. I have a number of knitting books and, most exciting, a drop spindle spinning kit. I am beyond delighted with this and am just waiting for a few hours to myself to give it a go. The kit contains a large wooden drop spindle and 200g of natural wool roving (50g each of Manx Loughtan, Merino, Jacob and Bluefaced Leicester Humbug). So, not only will I be able to try this new craft, but I'll get to see and feel the differences between the different fibres. I am sooo looking forward to this.
So - onwards and upwards. 2014 is here and I am raring to go. Apart from the spinning I am also planning to try dyeing some yarn. I'll post here when I have some results.
Happy New Year!