Wednesday, December 05, 2007

i'll try to keep it short...

Recently, a couple of my knitter friends and I were discussing how we like reading short blog posts...with nice pictures. So you might want to start skimming now, because here comes a longish post...with terrible late-winter-afternoon-and-there's-really-no-light photos and also some too-lazy-to-get-up-from-my-desk-to-take-a-photo photos. The reason for the long post is that I have so many finished projects to show! I didn't think I would be saying this on December 5th, but I have most of my Christmas presents done! I expected to be knitting furiously through the night on December 24th, but things are in good shape right now. Sooo...maybe some of them aren't masterpieces...but I think they're things that the recipient will like and appreciate and actually use.

Most importantly, the Lucy in the Sky Cardigan is finished. It blocked beautifully and I found a tailored shirt with just the right purple stripe to accompany it. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and size 7 needles. The only modification I made was to knit the neckband right into the sweater as I went, rather than knitting it separately and seaming it. Grafting the end was a little wack, but I got it. I'm pretty excited to give this gift!

The Trinity Stitch hat is finished. Kim lent me her size 10.5 16" circs, which made knitting the stupid trinity stitch go much smoother, especially with that stupid scratchy Lopi (2 skeins, but I wouldn't recommend it for this stitch!). But as much as I hated this stitch, the hat came out really cute and I think my sister will really like it. Unfortunately, I kinda want one for myself now. I don't normally model gifts I've knit for other people, but this hat really didn't look like much without a noggin inside.

I whipped up some Super Mittens this week. I had almost forgotten how much I love this pattern from Weekend Knitting. And I definitely forgot how fast they knit up! I threw a cable in there just to spice things up and these were done in no time. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease. It's the "wheat" colorway and I have to say that I do like the way this particular yarn looks. And now they're washable and perfect for snow blowing the driveway or whatever.

So, I also knit some Java Jackets. I always thought these kinds of patterns were I didn't think anyone would actually use them. True, as soon as I saw this pattern I thought it was so ding-dang cute that I added it right to my Ravelry queue without a second thought, but I never expected to actually knit it for someone. Then my dad came up with an "idea." He thought it would just be the cat's pajamas if someone knit up some kind of sleeve for a coffee cup because the place where he buys coffee to go doesn't have the cardboard ones anymore and he's always burning his hands. So guess who's getting one smocked java jacket and one cabled java jacket for Christmas? I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease for these, too (worsted weight this time) for the machine-washable factor. I cast on 56 st. Knit in the round, in pattern, for about 3.5-4" and bound off. Done and done.

Now I have just a few fingers to finish on my grandmother's cabled gloves and I'm also going to knit a pair of thrummed mittens for my dad. And I have a car trip this weekend, so that should be enough to finish the gloves and put a major dent in the mittens! Bring on the eight tiny reindeer, the sugar plum fairies, and all the rest of it!


Blogger Elin said...

Wow, you've been busy! It all looks great, I especially like the trinity stitch beret.

I'm definately good at long rambling posts. It just sort of happens. I like reading long posts if they're accompanied by pictures and relatively thoughtful and well-written. If I'm surfing new blogs, I'm more likely to stop at short posts with lots of pictures though.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Alice @ said...

Such awesome stuff! That cardigan is going to be someone's favorite gift this Christmas for sure, it's gorgeous.

I also love the cable on the Super Mittens! It really gives them a lot more style :)

1:10 AM  
Blogger V said...

These are such lovely gifts. The purple cardigan is gorgeous and so beautifully finished! I envy its recipient. ;-)

7:00 AM  
Blogger Elinor said...

That cardi is beautiful! I've been thinking about casting on for one this winter. Good luck with the rest of your gift knitting!!!

8:40 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

the lucy cardi turned out lovely! and the cashmerino aran is so nice in knits, i'm sure that one's a winner.

10:11 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

wow, lots of really great knits, jenna! i am loving the coffee jacket, v. good idea!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Wonderful! I don't mind the longish post -- it's fun to see and read about how much you've accomplished. Too funny on the coffee jackets, that he was looking for exactly that!

11:03 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Jenna, wow, these all look wonderful. I'm sure it must feel good to have this all done. Now you can enjoy the holidays! Congrats.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thats so true about blogs, I always am more apt to look at one that has lots of pretty pictures and not a lot of rambling. Yet my blog is the exact opposite, perhaps that is why so few people read it.

Anyways, I love the trinity stitch beret and I second the awesomeness of the Super Mitten pattern. I'm sure the recipients of the gifts will love them :)

12:20 PM  
Blogger rockbridge said...

holy wow! your lucy in the sky cardi is gorgeous - nice work!!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

All your FOs are beautiful :)

4:23 PM  
Blogger Team Knit ! said...

Love the hat, sistafriend!


7:46 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

I envy your progress!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Yarn It said...

Lucy looks great! I love how it turned out. I think knitting the neck band as you go is very smart and much easier! I think I may have to knit those mittens...they look so wonderfully warm!

3:34 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

ok, who is getting a pretty blouse with a beautiful hand knit sweater??? you are one great gift giver!!!
lovin the coffee cozy! and your beret is perfect. and grandma will have warm lovely hands all winter!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Team Knit ! said...

You are so on top of your Chirstmas knitting, I'm jealous! Love the java jacket idea, that's clever!

- Julie

11:23 AM  
Blogger erin michelle said...

omg yr amazing. seriously. i'm right now going "how the H-E-double-hockey-sticks am i going to get quilt number two done in three weeks??!! um i think i'll go read some blogs." my hat (that you knit, that my cat likes to nibble on) is off to you.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Kessa said...

Wow, you've been busy girl! Love the Lucy cardigan; it turned out great. The beret may have been a pain to knit, but it's awesome!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

look at you pumping out the holiday goods!!! that coffee cup thing is very cute -

10:21 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

The recipients of your Christmas gifts are lucky people -- that's some gorgeous stuff! I especially like the Trinity Stitch hat and think the finished product was well worth the effort.

P.S. Thanks for your comment on my Flicca sweater -- I honestly think I was possessed by some sort of speed-knitting spirit last week. I've never finished anything that fast and it's kind of freaking me out. :)

12:03 PM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

Love them all, especially the cardi with the perfectly matched buttons, and the trinity hat(which I'm now making too - makes my hands tired!).

2:41 PM  
Blogger tiennieknits said...

Your knits are beautiful! I think I have to knit those java jackets for all the coffee lovers I know!

11:47 PM  
Blogger erica-knits said...

Wow! I love all of these gifts. I bet they went over really well. I will have to add the mittens and the java jacket to my queue as well.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Erssie said...

I hate Trinity stitch too, way too fiddly for circular type needles and fluffy yarn. I looked for some other simple stitches and decided that an easy check stitch which I used on my hat Rubinette (see blog) looks just as cute. So does double moss stitch and I have just finished a beret in dot stitch. So no need to be too advanced to get texture, the simplest stitches are the best.

9:30 AM  

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