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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Just a couple more gift finishes

Here is the Age of Brass and Steam knit with Malabrigo Arroyo in the Candombe colorway which I've knit for my sister-in-law Sherry. I absolutely love this colorway, and with good reason - I had chosen it for myself. But when they came over for a visit a few weeks ago, I decided to knit one last version of this for her for Christmas. And when I looked at this skein in my stash, I knew it would be perfect for her.

I am going to visit a friend this week who has kitties, one of whom likes to investigate the contents of my purse. I thought I would surprise that kitty with a present, so I knit up this cute catnip mouse (pattern courtesy of Wendy Knits), and I stuck it in the top of my purse where she'll be sure to find it. I watched a YouTube video to make the tail - I've never knitted i-cord before, and it's super easy to do. I started out with 4 stitches, then decreased to 3, then to 2 very close to the end. I think the effect is just right.

The legs on both of my waving lace socks are now finished, and in this photo, I had just started the heel flaps on both.

I just finished knitting the heel flap on the second one yesterday, so it's time to turn the heels.

I've been waiting to start my Lacy Leaf Hat (as of this blog post, a free pattern from Red Heart) until after my Saroyan Scarf was finished. I was originally going to knit it in two colors, but decided to stick with one after seeing how beautifully it was knitting up. This is Malabrigo Rios in the colorway Piedras. I am a huge fan of Malabrigo yarn, in case you hadn't noticed. :)

I made a modification to my hat, based on several others I have seen knitted this way - I knitted 3 pattern repeats for the brim, then I switched over to stockinette. I can't wait to have this done! I may have to knit the mittens in the other ball of Malabrigo Rios I have, which is a darker shade of the same colorway I used in the Saroyan scarf.

And I managed to get one more block finished on Eldon. Here is its journey so far.

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