So, Madam likes to give her teacher and classroom assistants etc Christmas gifts. She often asks me to make specific things, which get changed around as I try to find stash yarn to suit - I don't want to be buying extra yarn, you know (ha!) - so this year there were four gifts to make.
A granny-stripe cowl - pattern here - which I altered only in colour choice - I started with a black foundation chain and first row, and also finished with black, and inbetween I alternated yellow, burgundy and teal.
I have a Zoom Loom, which I LOVE - it's a ?maybe 4 inch square? pin loom, which you can wind yarn onto in such a way that you only have to weave the last quarter of its length. I raided my stash for a rainbow-ish selection of tonally dense yarns, and Zoom! Sixteen squares, single-crocheted together, and edged with a dc, ch1, skip1 border . . . which makes it look a little like a film-strip, I've just noticed . . . hmm, maybe an idea for the future!
A Spiral Scarf from Norah Gaugin's book Knitting Nature, which I made in DK instead of 4ply. I reduced the starting hexagon from a 24-stitch side to a 20-stitch one, and knit till I ran out of yarn. The hexagons are 1x1 ribbed, and I went up to a 4.5mm needle, so they are squishy and delicious. It's a short collar-ish scarf, but will keep the chill out from your neckhole!
Is a brioche stitch Faucett scarf from Knitty.com. I love this yarn - James C Brett Marble Chunky - and I had previously made a pair of knitted slippers for this gift, which I put on just to try them out, and couldn't take off - so I needed something fast and easy, and this was just that. It whizzed along, and is ridiculously squishy and gorgeous. I found it hard to give this one away too, but seeing as I have the same yarn in purple, and all the time in the world, now that the Christmas gift-knitting is mostly done . . .
So there we go. The studio is finally done - I just need to tidy up in there and get some photos to share, and I'll get writing about that soon, I promise.
Merry Christmas! All the best of the season - I hope you all have a great holiday!