hand knit fridays

Janice started posting what hand knits she's wearing on Fridays and declaring them "Hand Knit Fridays." I usually comment in her posts what I'm wearing but to spread the hand knit love, I am going to start posting what hand knits are being worn in my household on Fridays. (I'm sort of cheating and counting my kids and Erik, because otherwise it would be the same four pairs of socks over and over.)

So, today I'm not wearing any handknits, but Stefan is wearing two.

The Lightning Bolt Man cape (project details on Ravelry) and an Everlasting Wonder Soaker that I knit when Niels was about his age.

What hand knits are you (or your family) wearing today?

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spherey, knitting books galore!

I had one other holiday knitting project, Spherey from Jess Hutchison's unusual knitted toys booklet. I added the hair on top because he looked a bit turnip-y to me and Lisa agreed and suggested hair. Good suggestion, Lisa! I made him for Stefan's stocking. When Niels saw him, he said, "you made this!" and I said that Santa asked me to make it. I don't know if he bought it. So far Stefan is completely and utterly not interested in poor Spherey.

In other knitting news, my family practically cleared out my Amazon wishlist of knitting books, and Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers which is a wonderful book. I loved the giant board book format also.

I have several projects in mind already from these books. When I get back to working on it, the wrap sweater from last spring's Interweave Knits will get top down set-in sleeves, thanks to Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top. So many plans! So little yarn time!

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lady eleanor, all wrapped up!

I finished the Lady Eleanor stole that I started knitting for my mother in 2005, when I was pregnant with Stefan. I remember knitting it at my midwife's house during one of my early appointments, because I was wearing short sleeves. (Don't ask me why I remember that.) At some point, however, my asthma got the better of me and I had to give up knitting it. Kristi came and confiscated it and finished kniting it for me. There was an extra bit of knitting, however, which put a hiccup in me finishing it. I finally fixed it (and posted about it on LiveJournal, mostly so Kristi could see) in November. Since then I have been slowing working on the fringe. I did the second set of fringe knots yesterday at BobaKnit and finally wrapped it up for my mom. She was totally surprised to see it, and was very excited. Yay!

The funny thing is that at one point she was telling me that she had created wishlist online somewhere, in case I needed ideas for her for Christmas and I told her that I already had something for her. Apparently, I had commented at Thanksgiving that she needed new potholders. I think I actually asked if she wanted them for Christmas, so that's what she thought I had gotten her. A handknit silk/wool scarf/wrap in those gorgeous colors is a much nicer gift than potholders, don't you think? 😉 I know my mom does, she said so!

More pictures, just 'cause that fringe was a lot of knots and you need to admire it.

finished, at last!close up of the fringe

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it’s good to have friends

So Cookie has been bugging me recently to buy some Pakucho organic cotton yarn. She very sneakily asked me what I'd make with it and how much I'd need. Then she tells me that it will be arriving as a Christmas gift from her and Kristi! You guys are the best! I plan to make a Chocolate Tomato for myself from it. Sounds yummy, eh?

pakucho - chocolatepakucho - vicuna

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finished pillow, too many projects

I realized on Wednesday that tonight was the Hannukah dinner I was having with my family so I needed to get the menorah pillow all finished up. A trip to Jo-Ann for buttons and a pillow form solved that problem. I am very pleased with how the pillow turned out, and I think my grandmother was too.

the pillow's recipientthe back of the menorah pillowHappy Hannukah!

I started the Midwest Moonlight scarf from Scarf Style for some weird reason. I have no idea why, honestly. I guess it's for me, but I'm fairly certain I don't have enough yarn. Darnit.

I'm also still working on the Jeweled Steps socks from New Pathways, I actually just cast on for the second one tonight. I have started a pair of Fetchings for Niels' teacher in microspun. (I broke my yarn diet to buy the microspun but I'm thinking that one ball of inexpensive yarn for a specific gift project is okay. Don't mess with my delusion, please.) I'm also considering Jeanie from the new Knitty. I have five skeins of Regal Silk (the same yarn as in the scarf above) but in a blue/purple colorway. I think it would be beautiful, but I'd also have to adjust the pattern because that yarn is thicker and I have a lot less than the pattern calls for.

So there you go, I may be silent, but it doesn't mean I'm not busy!

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