I'm almost done with my Christmas gifts, yaaay! I only have the collar left on Mom's cardigan and I am allll done with Christmas knitting! After that, it's just edible gifts and figuring out what on Earth Walker wants (grumble). All of the Christmas ornaments are done, all of the little knitted accessories are done. I am way ahead of the game.
One of the knitted accessories is a pair of Norwegian-style gloves for one of my coworkers:
The pattern is Anemor 12 from Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitted Tradition by Terri Shea. I absolutely love this book. If you scroll back through this blog, you'll see that I've used it a number of times. There are just so many beautiful gloves and mittens in there! This particular design features a lovely north start pattern on the hand and a traditional geometric pattern on the palm:
For my other coworker, I attempted to make my first sewn Christmas present. It came out...tolerably. Knit Picks seduced me with their project bag sewing kits that included fabric with patterns that resemble knit fabric--really cute. They still have some for sale if you're so inclined.
I started nice and easy with the reversible project bags. They were simple enough that my lack of sewing skill went unnoticed and they are currently residing in my knitting basket--success!
However, I then made the leap from "easy" project bag to "intermediate" knitting needle roll. The finished result is functional, but not entirely straight. Or pretty.
See Exhibit A:
Honestly, I think this pattern/tutorial/whatever you call sewing kits is an excellent idea for a gift to a knitter--in practiced hands. Seems I need to go back to project bags for a little while before I tackle those slipcovers (dun dun dun!).
I really have myself stressed out over those things. I was utterly defeated by Joann Fabric the other day. I went in with measurement figures for my couch and I was all ready to select the right fabric, but then I started second guessing myself. I asked the nice saleslady for her advice on the matter, but felt like all the questions coming out of my mouth were so stupid that I left the store without buying anything. Pathetic.
I later rallied my courage and ordered some lovely blue fabric online and it should be arriving at my door some time this week. I will probably be tackling this project after we get back from GA for Thanksgiving. There are still some unfinished gifts that need finishing between now and then and the cheapskate in me wants to pay as little for shipping as possible :). Then I might finally post some of the other redecorating efforts I've been working on at home--just want to give you the full effect at once!
Next time: Wilkes Christmas Sweaters