Oh hi! It’s Jane! How’ve you been? I’ve been good. Busy, buy good. Fun fact: DECEMBER IS CRAZY PANTS.
I decided to make most of the gifts this year, which was a wonderful and terrible idea. Did I say terrible? I meant completely and totally awful. Oh, they all turned out alright. In fact, I was rather impressed with my ability to knit. I’ve been knitting for ages, but never went beyond a simple pattern using purl and knit. Starting in October I made 4.5 scarves. Well, the 4th is almost done. I need to finish that and give it to the person… anyway, 4.5 scarves. One I ditched because I knew I would never get it done before I could give it to Jaime. Sorry, Jaime, you have a half knit scarf in my cupboard. It’s not my best work, anyway.
Michaels has a not so great yarn selection. I mean, it’s okay and all, but it’s really not that great. I wanted nice yarn for these gifts. After clicking through basically the entire internet, I settled on knitpicks. I regret nothing. If you’re looking for some nice yarn at an affordable price, go for it. To me their shipping seemed kind of high, but as I normally order from amazon with my prime membership, paying anything for shipping seems high. No worries though, because I ordered a poop ton of yarn and enjoyed every moment of it.
I went to purlbee.com for most of my patterns. I made the april showers scarf for my mom, the lace checkerboard scarf for my mother in law and the color change scarf for my Aunt. I did a variation on this cable knit scarf for my girlfriend-in-law (bro in law’s lady). I honestly think that the cable knit was my favorite, but that’s probably just because I changed the pattern just enough that I felt like it was mine. I wish I had pictures of all of them, but I never did take any. I’ll see if I can get people to send me pictures and I’ll add them to the post as I get them.
For the cable knit scarf I used a fingering weight yarn (this one here, to be exact, in the color harbor) and size 3 needles. I bought a large set of straight needles and circular needles from amazon, both by stitch berry. Some of the needles are a little wonky, but most of them are fine. They’re bamboo needles, and it turned out that one of my size 3 stick needles had a splinter in the end. I tried to sand it down with no luck, so I ended up using the circular needles for knit and the straight needle for the cable step. Honestly, this was much better. With two cats and a two and a half year old, knitting projects seem to get yanked off of the needles more times than not. I HIGHLY recommend watching her video on cabling if you’re nervous about it. Seeing someone else do it makes it just so much easier. I couldn’t find a hook needle, so I just moved my stitches to the right hand needle, and then moved them to the straight needle. it added some time, but nothing too terrible.
My pattern was:
Row 1: K1, P1 to end of row
Row 2: [(P1,K1)*3, (K1,P1)*6]*3, (P1, K1)*3 (goodness I hope that makes sense to you)
For rows 3-12, repeat rows 1&2
Row 13: [(K1,P1)*3, Cable 6 stitches forward, (K1, P1)*3 with the stitches on the left needle, then (K1, P1)*3 with the stitches from the cable needle.]*3, (K1,P1)*3
Row 14: [(P1,K1)*3, (K1,P1)*6]*3, (P1, K1)*3
And repeat times infinity. I will take pictures and count rows the next time I see my G-I-L and I will update this post.
Anyway, each scarf took anywhere from 2-4 weeks to complete based on complexity, free time, my two and a half year old, colds, traveling, house parties, my inexperience as a knitter, and sleep. I thought starting in October was a great idea, but now I know that I need to have these things started in April if I ever do it again. Which I probably wont, because who wants a scarf two years in a row?
That’s what I’ve been up to. It’s a new year and I have plans, but as for now I’m, just glad that it’s wasn’t QUITE a full month that I was MIA here on this lovely little blog. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and a fantastic New Year!!!