09 January 2011

Some more things I knit (or crocheted) recently

While writing a post to Knittalk, I realized that I have done some other knitting recently that I could post. First, a dozen hats for Bedstemor's Beanies:

There was someone on Knittalk who would knit hats every year for her daughter to give away at school. She died of cancer over the summer and the inhabitants of the list decided that we would carry on her tradition. I got a bit carried away! Some of the hats were made from yarn donated by a friend who received it for her charity, which could not use the yarn. The two red-and-white hats were actually part of that donation. The others came from my stash, various bits of yarn. The red-and-blue one at the bottom is Jared Flood's "Turn A Square" hat, slightly modified. It was hard to photograph to show the square!

Every year for Christmas I give a vest to my grandmother. This has been going on for quite some time. She gets cold in Florida in the winter and loves to wear vests (not sweaters!) over shirts or turtleneck sweaters. This year I used a yarn called "Mesa" that has long repeats, and did the vest with different front and back so my grandmother can choose which side to wear frontwise:

My grandmother said that she heard from a lady who has a sweater from a fancy designer with just the same yarn. My grandmother made a fuss that HER vest is one of a kind because I made it - not mass produced by a designer. Oh, boy! I think that my grandmother just likes to make a big deal that the vests were made for her by someone in her family. For knitters: the side with blocks was done in intarsia, three balls and the colours fell where they would.

Right now I am knitting a pair of mittens for me. Parts get reknit as I adjust where the stripes on the yarn fall, but I am nearly done with the second one. Finally, as we have had quite a lot of snow this weekend. I did find the pair of mittens I mislaid on Friday but I've been meaning to knit some mittens for myself. I'll post pictures when these get done. There are two more playoff games today and I have an adult learning class this morning - lots of knitting time!

Unless the games are as tense and exciting as the end of the Jets-Colts game was last night.......

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