Tenth and final update on the Year of Scarves. It worked out pretty well and the final count is twelve scarves (or shawlettes) for 2010. Having a goal of getting one done each month (even if I didn’t actually stick to that timetable) really proved a good incentive. Having graduation, birthday, and Christmas gifts ready to go was also an excellent carrot for this donkey.
The final contenders in the YoS were these two:
Both done in Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (discontinued) for fast, machine-washable, and warm winter scarves. For the ungrateful one and the boyfriend for Christmas. I love this pattern and I’d do it again in a heartbeat with the right yarn.
In the Christmas knitting stakes, I’m not doing too badly with my original, and somewhat unrealistic, list. Here’s what is already done:
- The two un-Noro scarves seen above – Brooklyn Tweed Noro striped scarf pattern
- Chunky beret (done, better pic to come after Christmas when I can get one of it being modeled) – this is Crazy Aunt Purl‘s Super-simple fast and easy chunky hand-knit beret
- Coffee cozies (different pattern than that originally proposed – Knit Coffee Sleeve from missknittypants)
- Three pairs of Dashing mitts from Knitty (the architect, the boy, and the boyfriend)
- Hive mitts from the Knitting Bee
- Jackson’s dead fish hat (just waiting for eyes) – pattern from Knitty
- Miss Bella’s Arrrgyle dog coat – Bernat’s I-Matey Dog Coat pattern (more about this below)
Still on the crazy person goal items list:
- Three hats (the architect, the boy, and the boyfriend)
Doing the three pairs of Dashing mitts gave me the time to ponder some modifications to the pattern. I wanted the cables to twist in the direction of the hand worn (i.e. left-leaning cables for the left hand and right-leaning for the right), I wanted to add another cable round, but only on the top of the mitt – not on the palm, and I wanted a thumb gusset which grew out of one of the cables. My mods are available on my Dashing page. Doing this has been a spur to designing my own cabled mitts pattern. I’m hoping to get these done for the ungrateful one for Christmas, but I probably will have to knit another pair after that to iron out any kinks in the pattern before I publish it.
The dog coat for Miss Bella is based on a Bernat pattern which is, by all accounts on Ravelry, atrociously written. I’m going to nut it out somehow because I’d like to include something for that sweet and silly dog in the Christmas package, but I’m subbing in an Argyle pattern from Knitty (Mangyle) instead of the skull. If I figure out the basic structure, I’ll be in good shape to rewrite the pattern next year and make her a custom Steelyard dog coat.
I may do Mangyle down the track for the boy. He’s hankering after an Argyle vest for some reason.