I’m not knitting too many gifts this year, but I did want to knit some things from stash. So, first up are a couple of gifts for my husband’s family.
For his mother, a lovely scarf. Not my kind of colour at all, but just perfect for her. I snapped this skein of Malabrigo up from a swap box recently, trading it for a colour I had in my stash which I am sure lots of people will love. But MIL has the perfect colouring to carry off a orange scarf!
My father in law has been up visiting, so I asked him if MIL would prefer a scarf or hat – given it’s summer here, the correct answer is probably neither – that aside, he thought a scarf would be good. I decided on the very popular, and free, pattern Drop Stitch Scarf. I wanted a quick knit as I hoped to send it back in his suitcase. I needn’t have knitted so fast – his flight was cancelled this morning due to rather inclement weather, so he’s here with us for another day. The kids will get a lovely surprise when they get home from preschool!
Anyway, back to the scarf. I knit this up starting Thursday night, and finished Sunday. In between I did a good few hours each day. Including knitting through a staff lunch and farewells on Friday. So, in maybe 7 or8 hours knitting it was all done. It is lovely and squishy knit up on 5mm needles, and blocked it reached nearly 1.5m long – I was worried it might be too short to wrap, but it’s not. Superb!
For my sister in law, I knit a cowl last year. At her suggestion – so I know she wears such things. For this year, I wanted something similar but different, and I found the Dandy Kerchief on Rav which seemed to fit my criteria – fast in 8ply, fit within the amount of yarn I had, and a little bit edgy. Cool! A complete bonus was that it’s a free pattern.
I used more stashed yarn for this – a Cleckheaton Country 8ply I took from a swap box to make the contents fit a smaller box. I had no clue what to make with it. And to be fair, a neckwarmer could definitely do with even squishier yarn, but this is certainly acceptable. I used two balls – and about 1.5m from the third ball. Which took me three days to find. So, completion took a bit longer than planned! (The ball was on the coffee table the whole time too!)
You can’t really see the cute lace patttern too easily in this picture – but it is lovely and super easy as well. Here’s an example.
You put a couple of buttons on the long sides of the triangle, and button it up around your neck. I put on two seriously cute owl buttons – a hint of whimsy, but I think she’ll like them.
Wrapped up and in the suitcase, these will be off to Christchurch in the morning. Where it has been nearly 30 degrees this week – maybe they will get lots of wear next winter though!