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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