I reluctantly took our Christmas Tree down last night and with today as my first official day back at work after the festive break and the holiday season a fast-fading memory, I can finally share some of the secret knits I worked on for presents.
First up is the the Marton Scarf by Rachel Coopey for TOFT:
This was a gift for Mr K, and having managed to keep it a closely guarded secret, it dawned on me that I wouldn’t be able to block it without him noticing so it is now impatiently waiting in the blocking queue. Its a great pattern and I love the rib pattern combined with the garter stitch ridges. The TOFT Ulysses wool is an absolute joy to work with and will make a second appearance in another FO next week.
Next on the gift list are Curio Mitts by Wencke Lucas from issue 11 of Pom Pom Quarterly:
I rummaged in deep stash for this project and used just under half a skein of glorious Bugga! by the now sadly disbanded Sanguine Gryphon. The shade is Blue Lobster and really doesn’t like the camera, but is actually a beautiful deep petrol bluey-green and these were sent to one of my oldest and dearest friends in Holland with plans for a second pair all for myself…I can’t resist bobbles!
Having puzzled over what to gift Mr K’s Little Grandma, we got a message from his Mum on the Sunday evening before Christmas with suggestions of a dark green snood and a box of shortbread biscuits.
Little Grandma is a truly remarkable woman in her 90’s who has had more than her fair share of ‘life challenges’ and it was hard to refuse her request. I dug out a ball of Wensleydale Sheep Shop Aran and set to work on Ammolite by Tin Can Knits also originally published in Pom Pom Quarterly. I finished and blocked it on Christmas Eve, wrapping it just in the nick of time. Upon opening it, Little Grandma shouted over the room, ‘thank you Rachel, very nice…what is it?’.
I had to laugh and after a quick demonstration we were all sorted and it is now being worn quite happily just as intended although not quite as ‘snoody’ as I think she would have liked.
There has been a lot more knitting over the Christmas break which I’ll share that with you next week as I think one of my ongoing 2015 projects is going to revolve around what I have been working on. What did you work on for Christmas gifts – I’d love to hear about any quick knits and one skein projects for gifting.