Merry gifting.

Zara Watch Cap
Can I just say it’s really nice to be a knitter at Christmas? All gifts, garter-stitch scarves and ribbed watch cap, were well-received, and they fit (or were the right size) – whew! As I’ve detailed, this took more work than I thought, and I was actually casting off for the last scarf in the car on the way to Christmas dinner. Nothing like a little adrenaline to make gifting more exciting.

The Zara watch cap was nice and stretchy; I liked the yarn, but couldn’t imagine doing an entire sweater in a yarn so springy. The hat led to my favorite comment, from my brother-in-law: “I’m in awe of people who can create things like that.” And I wanted to say “It’s just K2 P2 ribbing.” Hee.

The scarf in Quark Mondial looked lovely and was nice and warm. I could actually have done it on slightly larger needles for looser stitches, but there was no way I was re-knitting it a third time. Hands down, my favorite yarn was the one that seemed the fussiest at first – Artful Yarns’ Circus. I had to re-start the scarf three times to get a cast-on I liked, but the scarf had warmth, the yarn was both pretty and substantial, and the color was beautiful. Tragically, this was the scarf I finished at the last minute, so I don’t have a picture – the closest I could come would be a photo of the yarn and needles in the glovebox of my car.

Santa was very good to me – a ball winder, two, count them TWO, sets of Denise needles (I think I’m keeping them both – is that wrong?), and three great books: Knit Hats! by Gwen Steege, The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book by Margaret Klein Wilson and perhaps best of all Men in Knits by Tara Jon Manning. There is not a sweater in that book that I don’t want to knit, but the cabled cardigan version of this vest made my husband go “ooh!”, so I’m ordering the yarn from Blackwater Abbey Yarns this week (Moss, I think). I’m excited to be getting to a project that doesn’t require fuzzy yarn or big needles – I must be a more traditional knitter than I thought.

Happy Holidays. and Happy New Year – after a brief break, I’ve already picked up the needles again, so I’ll have a progress report soon.

5 thoughts on “Merry gifting.

  1. Lisa

    Enjoyed hearing about your Christmas. I too got the Knit Hats book, and upon returning a couple of books that I already had, I almost selected the Green Mountain Book, but the Knitting Year Round and Knit One, Felt Too were more appealing to me. It was a close call though. I’ll get the Green Mountain book on another day. I really like the moss colored yarn that you are going to use for the vest. It is really pretty. Can’t wait to see it knit up. I also added the Blackwater site to my list of fav’s. 🙂

  2. Sandy

    Hi donna! Thanks for your nice message on the sock debacle! haha!
    I am in love with the hat! What wonderful colors you have chosen! And…isn’t it wonderful to have a gift well received? I’m making a list and checking it twice of people who I can and can’t knit for.
    Black water abbey yarn gets me to drooling every time. It is on my “to buy” list!

  3. Bob

    Could you send me (or provide URL) instructions for making the Red, Yellow and Green Hat depicted on your site?

    I am a novice knitter (at scarf stage) and would like to try my hand at a hat.

    I am also looking for a pattern for a cap like Muslim men wear that I can put on my bald head to keep it warm in my drafty house.

    Thank you.

    Bob in Rochester, NY

  4. Jenn

    Oooooh, I have the Knit Hats! book on my wishlist. Is it good? I’ve been debating whether or not to splurge for my birthday…. 😀

  5. Janet

    After reading your post about BWA yarns I requested their color card. Have you used their yarn before? I’ve been wanting to knit the Braids cardigan and this yarn may be perfect for it but I’m wondering what it feels like and how it is to knit with. I also couldn’t find their price anywhere. I got the Men in Knits book also. I just love men’s clothing. Too bad my husband hates all things warm and heavy. Oh well more time to spend knitting for myself!

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