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Crunch Time December 22, 2013

Filed under: knitting — kathy @ 11:24 pm
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Yep. Here it comes again, same time as last year. I suppose it wouldn’t be too difficult to plan ahead and get stuff done before the season is upon me. Still, somehow it wouldn’t be the same if I wasn’t spending the entire month of December racing to finish all the gifties I’d planned (since summer) to give the dearies in my life for Christmas. And I suspect I’m not the only knitter out there who’s in the same spot this time of year. 😉

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

On top of all this season’s festivities, the Bug has her birthday at the beginning of the month—this year she turned 15—!!! When the heck did that happen? Gone are the days of making a quick gift for her since she’s small woman sized, not kid-size.

This summer (see, I kinda started December “present season” in the summer) she picked out a couple of skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage and asked me to make something stripy for her. So the week before her birthday, I remembered what she’d asked me to make for her. Here’s what I came up with:


Actually, there are 2 of them, one for each hand.IMG_1394

I ended up improvising my own pattern, a little twist that added to the time it took. I tried using a free striped mitt pattern from Ravelry, but the thumb gusset was crazy, and the way it was worked, the color change jog (I do know how to eliminate that jog; in fact Knitting Daily did a bit on a way do it about a week ago.) wound up on the top of the hand on one of the mitts (which you couldn’t tell from the lovely pictures because they were so artfully shot—what can I say, the woman who wrote the pattern is a professional photographer—a damn good one, I must say.

But I digress.

I love how they turned out. The jog runs neatly down the inside edge of each hand along the thumb. I’d say I’d write out the pattern and make it available for free here, but I feel like explaining how to do the thumb gusset would be a little too difficult to do clearly. I left the color change jog in my version because I didn’t want to mess with that on top of the thumb gusset. But if I ever get inspired to write it up clearly, I’ll fix that, too. And actually, it doesn’t look bad to me, more like a seam.

Anyway, since then, I’ve been knitting at least three more gifts (which I cannot show now, ’cause that would spoil the surprise) along with a dozen or so bronze or sterling pocket rosaries and chaplets for gifts. Whew! My poor fingers. But I do think I’ll have a fun pattern to post after the holidays.

Well, I’d better get to work. I have one more thing to finish. I’m cutting it close, but I wouldn’t have it any other way this time of year. LOL

What are you guys working on at the eleventh hour? I’d love to know I’m not alone out here. I’ll send plenty of good, fast finishing vibes and prayers your way.

P.S. Many thanks to all of you friends who checked out my Etsy yarn shop, and extra thanks to those of you who treated yourselves to some. I hope you enjoy it!

Merry Christmas!


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