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Gift Knitting…

January 7, 2011

Now I am not a very big gift knitter.  I am ultimately selfish with regards to projects that take so much of my time and are usually made with yarn that I am totally in love with (and therefore have no wish to just give away). Debates about gift knitting can go on for days on Ravelry, and non-knitters really seem to have little grasp of how much time and energy go into knitting, so a lot of knitters fall into the same category as me: only give handknits to those you think will appreciate it.

With that said I thought I might quickly flash some of my recent gift knitting here:

Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Fine in the Tourmaline colourway
Cast on: September 3, 2010
Finished: October 16, 2010
Pattern Rating: 5 stars
Yarn Rating: 4.5 stars
Ravelry Project Page

Quick thoughts – made for my lovely friend Janine who, fortunately, has smaller feet than me, because, as you can see, these are a little tight on me in the modelling shots. I found the pattern challenging and ended up ripping out the first sock THREE times and the second twice – I kept dropping stitches or making the socks WAY too small (the cables across the foot really cinch in the fabric). Ultimately it was worth it because I just loved them. I thought the colour was amazing – perfect for my friend Janine – the yarn was luxurious, and the pattern was another beautiful and well-written one by Ms. Kapur.

Pattern: Tangled Vine Socks by Chrissy Gardiner
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Merino Cashmere Nylon in the “Grass is Always Greener” colourway
Cast on: October 27, 2010
Finished: November 20, 2010
Pattern Rating: 4 stars
Yarn Rating: 5 stars
Ravelry Project Page

Quick thoughts: Christmas socks for my sister – the perfect colour and absolutely decedent yarn. A fun, pretty, under appreciated pattern – though I couldn’t figure out the short row heel (which was  new to me) so after making one that turned out awfully I opted for a regular slip stitch heel.

Pattern: Twisted Mockery by Lisa Stichweh
Yarn: The Sanguine GryphonSkinny Bugga in the Tufted Jungle King colourway
Cast on: November 1, 2010
Finished: December 7, 2010
Pattern Rating: 5 stars
Yarn Rating: 5 stars
Ravelry Project Page

Quick thoughts: I belong to the Sock Knitters Anonymous Group on Ravelry. They, among other things, host a Sockdown: Ravelry challenge every year. This is a KAL (knit along) for anyone who wishes to participate (and, as long as you follow the rules, you may win a prize). As apart of this KAL different designers design mystery sock patterns every second month. These, pictured above, are the results of my very first MOCK (Mystery Sock) with the SKA group. I had never attempted such “difficult” socks, but the pattern was clearly written and easy to follow and I adore the results!  These became a Christmas gift for my mom Laurel and I hope she likes them as much as I did!

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