December 30, 2004

Christmas II

There is of course a fair amount of knitting news to report, too! First, an apology — there has been a fair amount of indirection, not to mention out and out deceit practiced on this blog. You see, many of the things I blogged about, and implied (or, sometimes, stated) were for me were, in fact, always intended as Christmas presents. If I’d not mentioned them at all I would have had no knitting at all to report for an unacceptably long period of time (to me) — but many of the recipients read this blog (or have spies who do), so I couldn’t be open. Sorry!

So — the Pacific Grove Pullover that I finished in August was not, in fact, for me, but for my mother. She’s allergic to wool, so she usually knits with and wears various synthetic fabrics or cotton — many of which are nice, but I wanted to give her something luxurious and natural that she could wear, and the silk from Elann made it easy. Mom seemed pretty happy with it — and shocked, since she’d read about the sweater all summer without it once even occurring to her that it might be for her. Hee hee.

Next, the various felted bags were also gifts — for my mother, sister, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law. I must say, it was a bit of a wrench parting with those — I really did love them! I’ll have to make some more for me — for real, this time!

Finally, the shawl was a gift for my mother-in-law. The colours really suit her, and I hope she’ll find it a warm and cosy covering for winter evenings.

There was one more thing, not knitted, but reported on in the blog — all those preserves Mark and I were making over the late summer and fall, including some I didn’t mention, were also intended as Christmas presents; we gave each household 13 jars of preserves, ranging from jam to chutney to pickles. It was a little excessive — but appreciated, I think!

Now, the thrummed mittens for my sister were not a secret, since she requested them — though I did have to insist that they were part of her combined Christmas/birthday present and I was not to be recompensed. I did throw in a little extra made from some of the leftover Paton’s Classic, though — a “Coif” from KnitWit. Here she is modeling her stylish ensemble:


I even managed to get them done and wrapped before she arrived. In fact, so much before she arrived that I had time to decide, crazily, that I needed to knit another present — a pair of socks for my dad to match the sweater I gave him last Christmas (a better picture of the sweater by itself is here). I didn’t quite manage to get those done in time (I started on the evening of the 21st, and things were a little busy between then and the 25th!) — his gift bag contained one completed sock and the beginnings of the second, still on the needles. Still, I did finish them before he left:


And that completes the tale of my Christmas present knitting. There was just one more knitting-related event on Christmas — my lovely sister (see above) gave me this charming ball of Bernat cotton:


The colour is named “Mistletoe Sparkle” — I plan to make many Christmas ornaments out of it. I couldn’t resist starting on it, so I made this:


Ok, I think that’s enough for one entry. Next post will catch up on the bits and pieces of other knitting I’ve been doing, and what I’m working on now.

Posted by Aven at December 30, 2004 11:39 AM

Great Job on that mitered sweater! I am so humbled/inspired by the amount of DIY that went into your Christmas presents, because THAT, and not trips to the mall, is what the celebration should be.

Also, that little coif looks totally cute on your sister. I was considerng making that, but I was like, “is it gonna look retarded?” I’m totally making it now.

Posted by: lisa at December 30, 2004 11:37 PM

Happy New Year Aven!
All the best to you and Mark, hope I see you soon.

Posted by: Stephanie at December 31, 2004 03:14 PM