I made two different types of improvised wristlets for Christmas gifts – one pair with thumbs and one with thumb-slits. The former are knitted in alpaca (brown) and wool (marled white-grey); the latter in Adriafil Knitcol wool.
For the wristlets with thumbs, I did a bit of trial-and-error on the thumbs to get them just right. Firstly, while I started making one to increase for the thumb gusset with a kfb (knit front and back), I didn’t like the gaps and the bars that this made. So I ripped back and went for an m1 (make 1), knitting the yarn in the gap between stitches in the row before. This made for smaller holes and no bars. I also determined that the thumb needed to be decreased when it separated from the rest of the wristlet, before finishing. The first attempt had a bit of a gaping hole at the thumb.
The thumbless wristlets were just easy peasy, and the pattern matching worked out perfectly 🙂
Christmas happened. And as I still haven’t got over my sheer disgust at the shopping experience, most of my presents were, as usual, home-made.
Working full time and doing a Masters in the evenings is reducing my making-time, so I couldn’t be as ambitious as last year. To make up for time-poverty I used extra wonderful materials – lots of Liberty, lots of Adriafil yarn and lots of exciting zippers. And then of course a cousin ended up with something made out of my old trousers. Which I didn’t get a decent picture of… Sorry!
6 boxy pouches, including ones lined in Liberty Kilburn Rose, Alexandra and Queue for the Zoo
1 glasses case in Hat Box Tiger Stripes and Libery Queue for the Zoo
2 sketchbooks covered in Hat Box Tiger Stripes
3 notebooks covered in Liberty Edenham, Branchflower and Solsetur
1 self-drafted skirt with box pleats and pockets in a vintage Liberty tana lawn
3 pairs of socks in Adriafil Stella Jacq and Knitcol
I think my dad could do with a hat for Christmas. My aunt emailed last night to tell me it was -16C in Toronto the other day, so I’ll be sure to bring lots of jumpers when I fly over next week. And this hat for my dad.
On the weekend I was in Abergavenny, and bought two balls of Adriafil Stella Jacq yarn at the fabulous Wool Croft. Last night I started knitting one of them into a hat.
The pattern is just k2, p2 ribbing, knitted in the round (80 sts to a round). After about 8 inches I started to decrease; when I was down to around 10 sts I looped my crochet hook through and pulled it taught. Done!
The bizarre thing is that when I got on the Tube this evening to come home, a woman got on at the same stop and sat next to me. She pulled out her knitting; I pulled out mine. She was making a striped dress for her baby daughter; I was making a striped hat for my dad. Half an hour later, she got off at the same stop as me; then caught the same bus… and then got off at the same bus stop! I managed to shake her off in the labyrinthine aisles of the supermarket, where she had also headed: at any rate, she didn’t make it all the way home with me.