Now that the gift giving is over, I can finally reveal the stealth knitting. Not certain how many recipients read the blog (or even know about it), I was hesitant to post. You know the feeling....
First up are my renditions of the Lacy Kerchief Scarf from IK Summer 2005. I have wanted to knit this for myself for the past 2 1/2 years, and haven't done so. I have, however, now stashed some Rowan Felted Tweed for the project. I knit two renditions for Christmas. The first is for Kille's Brother Beta's girlfriend, Jenn. This was her first Christmas with the clan, and I had no idea what would make her happy, or what she needed. I decided this scarf was the item.
Specifics: Pattern Lacy Kerchief Scarf
Source: IK Summer 2005
Yarn: The Fibre Company Terra 7 hanks
Fiber: 60% Merino, 20% Baby alpaca, 20% silk
Needles: US 6 Knit Picks Harmony interchangeables
Notes: I made myself an Excel spreadsheet with two columns - one for the lace pattern repeat row, and one for the increases row. One was eight rows, the other six rows, so the spreadsheet kept me on track. The lace pattern is easily memorized, and though I liberally use stitch markers for my lace projects, I only needed two in this, which delineated the garter stitch section between the top edge border and the lace leaf border at the bottom edge.
In the second version, shown here, I used Rowan Felted Tweed held double. This one I made for a dear friend, who was fondling Jenn's as it was just off the needles. The light finally dawned that Megan needed a handknit present. She is at this moment, the only handknitter/spinner with whom I regularly exchange presents. I just barely got into the seventh skein on Megan's.
I have asked Kille's Brother Beta to get me a photo of Jenn wearing hers, and hopefully this evening, I can grab a photo of Megan modeling hers.
In other gift knitting, I made each of the four kids a knitted helmet with earflaps - total geek hat using The Fibre Company's Pemaquie a 60% Merino, 30% alpaca, 10% soy wonder that is a bulky weight incredibly soft yarn perfect for warm soft non-scratchy hats! Photo to follow when I can catch an unblurred one.