Monday Project Report – Is It Holiday Time Already?!!

In our house we go from summer shows which run into football/soccer season which runs into Halloween costume creation which runs into holiday gift/project production time.  I really kicked the gift/projects work into high gear this week, so I finally have something to show you for a Project Report.

The first thing I made after the Turn-A-Square Hat was a hat for me using my favorite yarn – Cascade’s Eco Duo in a soft cream/beige blend.  I used the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret pattern by Natalie Larkin ( ) which is a free pattern.

It is not quite a cable stitch but the texture gives the hat a more patterned appeal which I like.

I also made a pair of mittens for Baby Jake who had his first birthday last month.  His Mom wanted a pair of real wool mittens to keep his hands warm.  I used a wool blend – Katia’s Peru yarn – so she could wash them too.  His big brother James is on the football team with Markus, so we made them in the team color – Orange.

They were a little long for his hand – but they were sized for a two year old so hopefully he will still have them next year.  The pattern was the Tiny Twist Mitts by Jessica Allram.

I also finished a Hurricane Hat which is going into the Xmas box.

This hat is sized for a kid and is meant to be worn as a scull cap.  It is REALLY warm.  The yarn used is the Manos Del Uruguay Wool Clasico and is one of those thick/thin yarns – mainly thick – and it created a dense warm hat.  I did not find the wool to be itchy so I hope that whoever ends up with this hat doesn’t find it itchy either.  The name of the hat derives from a pattern of winding purl stitches which were lost, however, between the texture and color of the yarn.  I love this yarn – though it is tough to knit.

I just started knitting the Claudia Hat – which will be in a solid dark green.

Oddly, though this yarn is 75% acrylic and only 25% wool, it is scratchier than my pure wool above.  It will show the pattern in this hat much better than the Manos yarn and for a gift, it is always good to be washable.  I should be able to show you this hat completed next week.

I am also working on Piggy Mittens to use up some of my worsted scrap yarn.  I already made the ears and tails and now I am working on the mittens themselves.

Hopefully these will be done next week too.

That’s all to report for today.  I have alot more projects ready to start but waiting their turn to get on the needles.  I also started a pair of socks which I will also show you next week.  Those move a little slower (damn that knitting on toothpicks!).

Back to work!  The kids have today off from school and Chip ran them out to run the fields for awhile so I have to keep moving while I have some quiet in the house.  Hope you all were more organized than me and already have your holiday projects up and running.  This year looks like alot of hats since I am rapidly running out of time.  Such is life.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to Monday Project Report – Is It Holiday Time Already?!!

  1. Danielle says:

    Your Star Crossed Slouchy came out beautifully! I’m not really able to do Christmas presents this year since I took the summer off from knitting but I am working on two baby cocoons for a girl at church who had asked for them and then I was commissioned to make a scarf and a pair of fingerless mitts. Paid knitting comes first, so Christmas presents will have to wait for next year. However I did quit my proofing job and you wouldn’t believe how much time that has freed up. I can knit a little almost every night now! Yay!

  2. Shelly R. says:

    Oh good!! I was afraid you were going to get yourself sick pushing yourself so hard. I have so few weeks left that folks are getting hats OR mittens – not both. And no time to make any scarfs for this year. Tonight I managed to get both chocolate chip cookies and an apple pie made though – made it feel more like a holiday that way. Made Chip very very happy. I am trying to get back to my blog now too. It was just such a busy summer/fall. I am hoping things start to get back to a more manageable swing.

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