Sunday, December 09, 2007

FO Parade

The finishing has been fast and furious here the past couple of days, including some last minute knitting and some very last minute blocking yesterday afternoon in order to finish up gifts for my parents (and give the finished items to them last night at our family Hannukah party). I'll try to keep the commentary to a minimum and just give you the facts.

Pattern: Gentleman's Plain Winter Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon), colorway Navy, two skeins
Needles: two US 1 (2.5 mm) 12" Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: November 15/December 8
Recipient: My dad (who requested navy socks!)
Mods: my usual for this pattern -- grafting the toe rather than pulling the yarn through all the remaining toe stitches

Very straightforward, and would have been very fast to knit had I not picked up all the other projects in the middle of knitting these.

Pattern: Tube scarf (my own design)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (55% merino, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere), color 340600, five skeins
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) 16" Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: December 25, 2006/December 7, 2007
Recipient: My mom

This scarf was knit in the round, mostly in stockinette, with a cabled panel on the "right" side. I designed an interwoven cable for one end and transitioned to 2x2 cables that gradually got longer (i.e., I increased the number of rows between cable crosses) as they moved toward the other end of the scarf. Here's a closeup of the two ends so you can see the effect:

I am not in any rush to knit a tube scarf again. They're incredibly warm and are aesthetically pleasing because you can't see the wrong side, but they also take a really long time to knit and eat up a lot of yarn. In hindsight, I probably had too many stitches around, and even though I used almost every bit of the five skeins of yarn, the finished scarf (before blocking) was a mere 46" long. I didn't have time to wet block, which is what I really wanted to do to maximize the length, but giving it a light spray of water and a good long steam managed to get it to a full 5 feet of length.

This last FO was an unplanned project that I cast on for late yesterday afternoon in anticipation of meeting our friends' newborn son today.

Pattern: Hat from the Pea Pod Baby Set (largest size) by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% pima cotton, 40% modal), colorway Sky, less than one skein
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) bamboo dpns
Started/Completed: December 8/December 9

This picture was taken in the car on the way to meet baby Tyler, and the hat is still damp from washing (for some reason a spin in the dryer didn't work). It's way too big for him now, but I told Tyler's mom to throw it in the washer and dryer to get it to shrink a little bit, and it should fit better by the time he's big enough to wear his matching sweater.

So, now I'm all caught up and the holiday knitting is officially complete. I do want to thank all of you who gave me good tips on spinning and spinning resources. I'm definitely going to continue to explore this new fiber hobby, but I've also got a lot of baby knitting to do. I think I may sign up for the spinning workshop for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival in February (anyone care to join me?) by which time I hope to have completed many cute little things. And, if by then I decide I really like this spinning thing, a couple months will give me some good time to start a wheel fund!


  1. I love the scarf, but I can see why it would eat up a lot of yarn (and time)!

  2. I was just wondering this afternoon if you'd managed to finish everything! And here I was, feeling like a rock star because I knit a Calorimetry this weekend!

    I'm going to pass on a spinning class...there are a lot of gift certificates coming my way this Christmas! I'm going to be up to my ears in yarn!

  3. Great job on all the FOs! And yay for finishing the holiday knitting! Turns out my joy from that moment was short-lived. *sigh*

  4. Great FOs. The scarf looks really nice and warm. I'm jealous that you have all your holiday knitting done. I have a scarf and a poncho to finish this weekend (I have exams this week so it's the only time I can knit) so I can mail it by the 18th to reach its destination in time.

  5. Anonymous10:59 AM

    How can you not love that hat??! I love the hat. So much so that I haven't mailed the one I made off to Chris & Jessica yet, for Baby Ryan. But he's not due until Feb. Love the other FO's! I hope everybody enjoyed their Hannukah gifts. :)

  6. My goal for today is to wet block my dad's Steelers Scarf, then my offical holiday knitting is done. Then I just need to get the leaves raked, house picked up, decorated and the sixtybazillion other things I need to do. Can I take a nap now?

  7. WOW you are on a roll! I love the tube scarf and even though it eats up yarn, just think how warm the double layer of heavenly cashmerino will be. I really like how you changed the cable as it progressed!

  8. I love your FO pic's on the run! lol! I had a feeling you might be doing something like that this weekend! Looks great! :)

  9. Love that Cashmerino especially!!

  10. What a great FO parade!

    Your scarf design is beautiful, but it looks like a ton of work. The cashmerino must be a wonderful yarn to use for a scarf .. so soft.