I’m ready.

I’ve done pretty well this Christmas in keeping my eye on things and staying on top of deadlines.  Well, at least better than previous years.  After all, I had all the gifts wrapped before midnight this time and I have actually prepped some of the dishes before Christmas Day.  And I actually finished my mother’s second and final Christmas 2010 knit gift three days ago, so no late night knitting for me.  There’s always room for improvement and next year I will do better, but the best part is this time I’m staying pretty calm despite being the default host every holiday.

About the knitting…..

Well, I made those reading mitts (Susie’s Reading Mitts) for my mother a couple of weeks ago (see previous post).

Then I made my second My So-Called Scarf of 4 skeins of Ornaghi Filati Opera which I made 3″ wide and 103″ (260 cm) loooonnnnggg.  I can’t decide if I like it that long and may rip it out and make it wider and consequently, shorter, but it is rather fun to wrap it around my neck a few times and feel all bundled-up; perfect for chilly morning walks to the bus stop.

Opera makes an interesting pattern on its own, but when applied in a stitch pattern, it’s even more fun to look at.

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Ornaghi Filati Opera
Needles: 12.75 mm / U.S. 17

Then I made my third My So-Called Scarf (sorry if you’re sick of this pattern on my blog), this one for my mother, which I feel rather smug about because I used yarn that she attempted to make a sweater with 17 years ago.

The sweater that never was.

She never finished the sweater, and was halfway through it but lost interest. She still wanted her sweater enough that she passed it on to me to finish for her. This was a bad idea because I never even tried to finish it.  Digging around in my stash I came across the project and with some of the skeins missing, and I thought it would be great fun to make a scarf for her and see if she recognizes the yarn.

Frogged and balled-up.

Halo by Bucilla is nice yarn and super soft with gold-colored threads in it, hence the name “Halo”.  Unfortunately, I washed the scarf, dried, and wrapped it, forgetting to take a picture.  So I’ll have to get a picture of her wearing it later today.

New scarf in progress.

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Bucilla Halo (Discontinued)
Needles: 6.0 mm / U.S. 10

I actually made myself the same sweater she almost made, but with the green version of Halo. I loved it.  I remember it was super soft and super lightweight, but cozy.  I wish I still had that yarn to make a scarf of for myself.

So, if you’ve had enough of My So-Called scarves from me, I have something new but old in the works and from the very first knitting book I had. Stay tuned.

My you have a joy-filled and peace-filled Christmas.


Make it big.

On one of my expeditions into the deep, dark jungle of my stash, I came across a skein of Tahki Baby Print.  Hmm, what’s this I have? I don’t remember this. Three skeins? Wow, that much, eh?  And then, having other projects on priority, I’d put it back, and forget about it until the next expedition. Now that I have discovered that I have, unfortunately, become sensitive to the itchiness of most wool, I have re-discovered this soft, cozy, merino.

It was a fun and fast knit and with such a big gauge I averaged almost a skein a day of progress.  It’s huge, at 175 cm or 69 inches, and chunky.

I’m going to get some enjoyment out of the heads that will turn at the sight of the scarf that swallowed the woman.  Just perfect for cold morning walks.

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Tahki Baby Print
Needles: 12.75 cm / U.S. 17