Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Busy Christmas Knitting Season - #10-14

As usual I started Christmas knitting way too late. Next year I promise to start on September 1st! I started with a small little gift, the biscuit blanket. It's a cute little napkin-like cloth that you wrap biscuits in. The pattern has some mistakes in it, which is always frustrating. Mine also did not end up square..so off to the discard pile it went.

On a brighter note, I finished the beautiful Swallowtail Shawl for my mother-in-law. I loved knitting this shawl! The Briar Rose yarn I used was lovely. This is definately one of the prettiest things I've ever made.

I then moved on to a huge project, the gorgeous Girasole. I'd been wanting to knit one of these for a long time. I decided to make this for my sister for Christmas. The one problem was that the deadline for shipping was fast approaching. After a few marathon knitting sessions I finished on time to ship this to Texas. I love the pattern, but was disappointed in the yarn I used. The Lion Brand Fishermen's wool looked great in the skein, but had lots of hidden surprises inside. There were many kempy hairs as well as ton of knots and knots in plies. I won't use it again for anything this nice.

The next project was a little cabled Christmas ornament. I ended up putting it on my own tree. Another gift on the way to Texas was this cute little Fan and Feather Cardigan. This is for my new niece Anabelle.