Friday, December 31, 2010

Finished Objects!

The past few months have been rough, but although I haven't posted, I have been knitting.

Just before Thanks-giving, after a bout of hospital knitting, I finished a pair of socks. The socks, Wendy Johnson's Van Dyke Socks, shown in the photo to the right, are being modelled by the happy recipient, The BoyChild (formerly known as Mr. BigFoot). These socks were knit with Colinette Jitterbug in the Velvet Damson colorway. They were a fun, and fairly fast, knit. (As always, click on any photo to enlarge.)

Early this month (on 02 December to be precise), I finally finished a pair of socks I'd started at the end of August. The recipient, who wears a size 13 (!!) shoe (and is the new Mr. BigFoot),  requested a plain stockinette foot, which I found incredibly boring. But socks are good hospital knitting, so after I finished the Van Dyke socks, I pulled this pair out of the "started but not yet finished" basket. These socks are another Wendy Johnson pattern---her Traditional Gansey Socks. I used a gusset heel on these socks, which seems to be bigger through the ankle area, since the recipient has a problem with swelling of his feet and ankles. These socks were my Christmas present to my dad, and he likes them very much. The socks were knit using Zitron Trekking Pro Natura, in the Denim Blues colorway.

I finished another project on 21 December---a sweater-tunic for my oldest grand-niece, which has been languishing in the "you-need-to-finish-this" basket since last February. (Some of you may recall that this was one of my projects for the Ravelympics.) The sweater body was been finished since January; all that was left to knit were the sleeves and the neckband. Because my grand-niece had requested that the sweater be long enough to wear as a tunic, I had to order another skein of yarn. My LYS (local yarn store) no longer carries this yarn, but I was able to find some online. After finishing the sweater-tunic, I had about half a skein of yarn left, which I used to knit a (rather-short) scarf. The photo at right shows both being modelled by the delighted recipient. This sweater was knit using Universal Yarn Classic Worsted Tapestry yarn, in the Playtime colorway. The pattern is a variation on Ann Norling's basic kid's sweater pattern. The scarf is a  K1, P1 rib.

I have three finished shawls and (with some industrious knitting tonight) another pair of socks to talk about, but I'll save them for tomorrow.

Did you have a finished-object spree this month? If so, what did you finish?


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