Well, I can finally reveal some of the projects I was working on before Christmas... Well, I could if I had managed to take photos of all of them *rolls eyes at self* I do have some though, so here goes:
The first one wasn't a secret project, it was the scarf I was knitting for mum that I have blogged about before. I didn't expect to finish it in time before heading off to meet mum and brother for Christmas, but I actually managed to get it done that morning *grins*
Yarn: Colinette Art in Lagoon
Pattern: A Little Bit Bohemian
Thoughts: A lovely easy pattern, really enjoyed knitting it and the yarn was really nice to work with too. If I made it again I would make it longer, but it's actually quite a nice length with just one ball. I wish I'd taken a picture of mum wearing it though.
Second reveal is one that I sneakily mentioned a few weeks ago, with a teaser shot. My brother's Christmas present was this pair of handknit socks:
Brother had asked for handknit socks for Christmas, to wear with boots, so I made him a cosy pair in DK weight. As explained in my previous post about these, I dyed some stash yarn to make them and I love the way the yarn came out *smiles* You may have noticed the uneven number of red stripes on the tops of the socks - well, he has feet that are slightly different sizes and as he was having custom made socks he asked for this to be accomadated. So, the 3-stripe sock is marginally longer than the 2-stripe *laughs*
The biggest present I worked on is the one I stupidly forgot to get a picture of. I made a cardigan for my mum. I do have a very crappy picture of the pattern:
Yarn: Stylecraft Brushstrokes Chunky (in a White and grey colourway rather than the one on the pattern)
Pattern: Entirely in 2x2 rib. The whole thing. It felt like it went on forever! Also, I used the Eastern European method (wrapping the yarn clockwise on the purl stitches) to make a tidier rib, so the entire thing was done in a completely different technique to the one I am used to.Mum chose the pattern, as it seemed like a bad idea to spend ages knitting a gift if I didn't know that she would want it!
Thoughts: Didn't love making it if I'm honest, but I still knitted every stitch with love as it was a gift for mum. It's quite a lot of knitting, even if I did make it a few inches shorter than the pattern (by request - I didn't just get sick of it!)
And I posted about the dishcloths for my granddad - thank you for all the lovely comments about them. I really wasn't sure what his reaction would be but he seemed to really appreciate them. He looked at all the different stitch patterns and then said "But I can't polish brass with them". When I asked if brass didn't react well to cotton, he said "No, it's not that, they're just too nice" *grins*
I told him I expect to see them filthy and ragged next time I visit, and that I can make him more so he mustn't save them for best ;)
So, it doesn't seem like a lot, but it certainly felt like it *laughs* I enjoyed giving the gifts and they were all well received. Mum has worn her cardigan out a few times and had some lovely comments from other people, which makes me very happy.
Anyway, that's it from me today, it turned into quite a long wrap up in the end! But you know where to go for more: