Shift into High Gear for Holiday Knitting!

Last year for Christmas I decided knit all of the kids in my family scarves as gifts.  This was a fine idea except that I made the decision to jump into this activity about 2 weeks before Christmas.  I managed to make about 7 scarves, quite literally just in time, binding off the last scarf on Christmas morning.  I vowed never to wait until the last minute to hand knit my entire family a gift.  Right.  Next year will be much different.  Next year, I’ll start in the summer time and have everyone’s gifts finished, washed, blocked, and wrapped by Thanksgiving.  I’ll start EARLY.

I certainly did start early this year but for some reason decided that the first two projects that I started would be huge and would take approximately two months each to knit, consuming about 1,200 yards of yarn or more.  What the heck was I thinking?!  Now I’m down to the wire again and need to knit everyone gifts and we’re just about half-way through November already!

The first gift I decided to work on is a scarf for my brother-in-law.  I designed a fair-isle scarf after drinking a few beers and laughing with my husband and his other brother about this fantastic idea for a scarf for Ryan.  The whole thing is pretty inappropriate and pretty funny and perfect for his sense of humor.  The scarf is…well, it has…um, penises around the bottom edge.  Yes, there are penises.  It was a hoot to design, and it came out perfectly.  (read that last sentence again..hehe).  The rest of the scarf is plain black and I only placed the border at one end just in case he wanted to wear the scarf but cover up the phallic symbols with the blank end.  I started this scarf in September and I’m still not finished knitting the bulk of the scarf which is all black!  Knitting this monster is like trying to eat an endless bowl of salad.  There is no end in sight.  Here is a picture for a few laughs:

Ryan’s Scarf / original design by me although I’m not sure I should admit it!

The second gift is a cowl for my Mother-in-Law.  It is Alicorn cowl by Julie Crawford.  This is a free pattern through Ravelry (link: here).  What I love about this pattern is that it is so easy to memorize.  I found that after the first two pattern repeats when I started to see the curves, I could easily start to read my work and memorization was no longer even needed.  It really is very relaxing to knit once you get into a rhythm.  I don’t have a picture of my work to post, but honestly it looks exactly like the photo from the Ravelry post.  I am using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport yarn in Cobblestone Heather.   This is the first time that I have ordered yarn from Knit Picks and so far I have been pretty pleased with the it.  It is 100% Peruvian wool and is about 137 yards (50g) per skein.  For this project, I ordered 5 skeins.  I think I will have just enough with maybe a little left over.  I’m really excited to finish this project.  I think my MIL will really like it.

Photo is from Ravelry / KnittedBlissJC

Is anyone working on handmade Christmas gifts this year?  What are you making?

 

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