Christmas Givings

Now that Christmas has come and gone, gifts finished and (mostly) given out, I can share the loot. Well 90% of my knitting was socks, and 3 of those are mens socks (which take FOREVER).

Here are most of the goods (at least the ones not finished on time)

Socks have been my go-to for Christmas gifts for the past 2 years now, since no matter the climate everyone needs a pair of comfy socks here and there. They’re also the best bus project, being quite portable and have become somewhat of a mindless knit for me. I love how they keep my hands busy while I’m hanging out with friends, on my commute with a podcast, or watching a completely engaging movie.*

The hat is the only item that I directly used a pattern – the rest were improvised sock patterns with stitch patterns that I got from various sock books or my stitch dictionary. I’ll go into some socks more later…

The hat I made was a Peppermint Hat from the Interweave Gifts edition from 2012. And it was an absolute joy to knit. I finished it within days, didn’t even swatch (no time to at that point!) and loved the yarn a lot. So much so, I decided to make some matching mitts with the same yarn, improvising the color chart to match.

I did get the other two pairs of socks that aren’t up there on the recipients’ feet. Yay for use pictures! That always warms my heart…even more adorable was that my brother (who’s feet are in the blue socks) was worried about wearing them with shoes. I then proceeded to tell him that the more worn out hand knits are, the more complimented I feel, as knits are to be used as much as possible and are a sign of love.

Gift knitting is something of a complicated and often seemingly judgmental conundrum. I always feel like I want to knit all of the things for everyone, but then the question is what or whether they’ll actually use the gifted object. Then there are the people who voluntell knitters to give them something and quite frankly (usually) they automatically go to the not going to knit for you list. Anyway, I’m rambling. In short, I’m tired of gift knitting, so now I’ve been on a finish-itis spree! That’ll be shared next time…

*There are so many different t ypes of movie/tv-knitting relationships, brainless knitting is for the very intense movies that I can’t look away from.

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Christmas Givings

Operation Hat Scramble Success!

With about 2 hours to spare, yours truly successfully completed the challenge she had set forth for herself just 13 hours before.

Since I left London – Heathrow, the second of two hats looked like this:

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Sporadic dozing slowed my progress but by the end of the flight, I was beginning my decreases and knew that I would most likely succeed!

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After a walk through the city that looked like this:

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I got on a bus to Leipzig (that is currently supplying the wifi I’m using to blog right now!) with the hat looking like this:

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Half an hour later, success! Operation hat scramble completed and ready for gifting! I’m pretty excited that it took me a mere 13 hours (really, 7 since I slept quite a bit) to complete!

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Operation Hat Scramble Success!

Operation Hat Scramble Update

One hat down, 2/3 of a hat to go!

Here is the progress:

1 hour into the flight, 8 hours til London.

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2.5 hours into the flight, decreases begin and then I put it down for my lovely 5hr sleep.

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First hat got finished with 1.5 hours left in the flight! A total working time of about 4.5-5 hours.

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Cast on for the second while watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2. I had to cast on twice for this one as well. No ball band (it’s old handspun) or knowledge of gauge = guessing.

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It continues!

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Lunch at Wagamama (not very good ramen) while knitting!

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Apologies for the brevity but I’m blogging on the free wifi via my phone

Operation Hat Scramble Update