Three more of this month's knitted gifts were presented over the course of last week, so can now make their debut here.
Pattern: Turn a Square beanie by Jared Flood. Very easy pattern (and free!) and very effective!
Yarn: 1 x 50g ball Noro Silk Garden col 47 and 1 x 50g skein of Naturally Harmony 10ply in col 804. The Naturally Harmony is the perfect yarn to match with the Noro SG - the colour matched well (in fact, it's almost the exact same shade of grey used in the Noro) and the perfect texture. And it's lovely to knit with! The 2 balls of yarn were enough for both hats, if you swap the main colour and contrast colour for the second one.(see, you can hardly even see the first two Noro stripes because of the matching greys!!)
Sticks: 4mm KP fixed circulars for the ribbing, 4.5mm KP fixed circs and then bamboo dpns for the body of the hat.
What I learned: Jogless stripes! Finally! I've tried the technique which has you pick up the stitch from the row below and knit with the new colour but it's never worked for me. But the summer IK had a nice tutorial article on jogless stripe methods - I used the slip stitch method (you slip the first stitch in the new colour on the next row). It does pull slightly, as you are slipping the same stitch all the way up (but not on every row) but it works out fine for this width of stripes.
Time: I did both hats in 4 days! 6 August 2009 - 9 August 2009. Love an easy, effective, stocking stitch pattern!
The mainly grey hat was given to a friend for his 40th birthday and the mainly Noro hat was for my brother's 50th birthday.
Pattern: No, not a weird octopussy thing, but Jonna by Norah Gaughan, from Norah Gaughan book 1. Any easy ribbed scarf with a modern twist - pointed rather than flat short ends, and balls (or bubbles as NG calls them!) instead of pompoms or fringing. I thought this would be a good option for a just turned 40yo friend (yes, the wife of the grey hat recipient!!)
Yarn: Lovely Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk dk, 4 x 50g balls in colour 0007. I actually meant to buy this yarn but in aran weight but somehow didn't...not that it really made a difference. It's such a lovely yarn to knit with, and (I hope) to wear. A real pleasure to knit. It did grow a lot on blocking (full wet block) - the scarf grew from about 190cm to about 225cm, so it ended up a little longer than I'd anticipated, but I think it works well - with the balls, I don't think you want the scarf to be too short.(thanks to husby for his excellent modelling!)
Sticks: 4.5mm rosewood straights. I don't bring out the straight sticks very much, but when the yarn is this nice, and it's a narrowish scarf, it was the right time. Lovely sticks. I used 4.5mm bamboo dpns for the balls, which in the pattern are somewhat bizarrely are knit flat and seamed. Pah to that, I say. I knit them in the round. Yes, it was slightly fiddly doing the decreases down to i-cord, but worth it to avoid the seaming!
Time: 15 July - 21 August 2009. I gave myself plenty of time to knit this one!
Three more gift knits down, only a couple more to go, and then my big reward - I have a grand plan, which I'll tell you more about later!