Friday, January 12, 2007

Christmas Part Two (Adriana)

Now that I finally got the last of the Christmas pictures from my relatives' cameras I can show off the rest of my Christmas knitting.

My Granny is one of my favourite people to knit for. She adores everything I make for her and wears them all the time. Last year for Christmas I knit her a pair of socks which she wore so much that it was hard to get her to give them up for a weekend trip to me so I could double check the dimensions. This year's socks are made of Austermann Step with aloe and jojoba oil; nothing but the best for my Granny.

Granny reclining on the couch in her new socks (note the cool glowing cane!)
Close up on the socks. The long colour blocks were boring to me so I made the socks fraternal twins to spice things up!
I'm pleased to report that these socks are a hit! Granny wore them every day from Christmas on. I got a call from my mom early in January to say that she finally managed to pry them away from Granny in order to wash them :)

When I was packing to come home I couldn't bring much beyond the essentials since my uncle had to squeeze 4 adults and a cat into his little Honda Civic. As a result I couldn't bring any projects home with me beyond a pair of socks. Once those were complete I offered to knit my mom a cool hat and she happily agreed. We hit up the local Michaels (my hometown is sadly lacking in a LYS) to get supplies to feed my cravings.
I decided to make my mom a Fake Isle hat with Patons SWS in Natural Plum and Patons Classic Merino in Purple. It was a fairly fast pattern and a lot of fun. We ran into disaster when I finished and tried it on mom only to discover that the point at the top stuck out a full 2 inches beyond her head. After ripping back and doing more rapid decreases it was done at 6pm on Christmas Eve (apparently I'm all about dramatic completion times).
Mom showing off her new favourite hat (notice she's still wearing her Christmas sweater even though this picture was taken days later)
Gotta love those decreases.

Time to get back to Tubey. I've had to rethink my striping plan due to fear of running out of yarn. Hopefully I'll have something to show off soon.


Heather G. said...

That hat is mesmerizing!

Adriana said...

Isn't it fun! I dislike the rolling brim but it doesn't bother mom.

Check out Granny's glowing cane!

Anonymous said...

I lovelovelove the hat!

Adriana said...

Thanks so much!!

spillyjane said...

i could stare at that hat ALL DAY. i keep trying to find excuses to acquire some SWS to play with.

Adriana said...

It's fun stuff!! This hat is a good excuse to play with it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to spin!!

spillyjane said...

glad to hear you're spinning! i was just thinking of doing some spinning myself...though maybe i'll go wrangle the shawl.

Genevieve said...

My goodness. It never ceases to amaze me how freakin' talented you are!

Adriana said...

Thanks Gen! :D

Rosemary said...

I want to make the hat as well, I don't have enough yarn but maybe I'll have enough. If you had to make it a couple of inches shorter, I am inspired.