And 2 of 3 handknit gifts are finished. Unfortunately, I am still half a scarf short. I do have some knitting time left before the gift deadline on Wednesday afternoon: the flight to Wausau, Wisconsin tomorrow, hanging out after dinner tomorrow, and a likely 3 hours in the car on Wednesday. On my work trip to Atlanta last week, I managed to sell four skeins of Silk Garden just by knitting and chatting a bit with the woman sitting next to me on the flight home. She admired my scarf, so I shared the pattern and sent her to Knit Happens for yarn. She stopped in on Wednesday and bought colors 47 and 204 so she could make one just like mine.
Here are the details for the finished holiday gifts
Striped scarf for Chris
Pattern: Inspired by Norma and Jared, I cast on 42 stitches and worked K1P1 ribbing, slipping the first stitch of each row. Yarn: Silk Garden, 2 skeins each of colors 86 and 267.
Notions: 4.5 mm Addi Turbos.
Time: December 8 to 16, 2007.
Red Hat for Heather
Pattern: >Koolhaas from Interweave's Holiday Knits 2007. Yarn: Classic Wool in color 206. I used less than 100 grams.
Notions: 4.5 mm bamboo circular needle and DPNs. Cable needle. Usually, I cable without a cable needle, but the k/p crosses while knitting through the back loop required me to use a cable needle for this project.
Time: December 4 to 7, 2007
Mods: none. I will knit another version for me sometime later this winter.
Tonight, D and I enjoyed our traditional Christmas dinner since I'll be flying tomorrow. We also opened our stack of gifts since we would rather sleep in tomorrow morning than wake up extra early to open the presents. I still have to stuff the smaller stack (of unwrapped gifts) into my HUGE suitcase with enough warm clothes for a week in northern Wisconsin. If I had been thinking, I would have shipped everything I ordered to my parents' house to save on the hauling. But I guess I wasn't really thinking the night D and I sat on the sofa and did our Christmas shopping.
There were three splendid knitterly gifts in my pile: a Blue Moon Fiber Arts gift certificate, a Knit Picks gift certificate, and options Harmony tips in all the sizes I use with some extra cables. I will be knitting for D's parents and sisters since they were so generous with the knitting presents this year.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. And Happy Tuesday to those who do not.