My nifty little Christmas knitting deadline countdown informs me that I have only 33 days to finish my holiday knitting, so I've been knitting like a fiend. That doesn't mean I can't be distracted by pretty shiny new projects for myself though. A week ago Thursday, the lovely Muriel (bffofwendy to those in the plurk/ravelry world) decided that we should do a friendship KAL. She had secretly gone and bought 2 skeins of Malabrigo silky merino, and all we had to do was pick a pattern. I would never have picked a cowl, because, to be honest, I thought that cowls look a little ridiculous and stuffy. With only 1 skein of yarn each, we had to pick something relatively small, so we ultimately decided on the Noble cowl (rav link).
I knit a little bit faster than Muriel does, so I gave her a decent two day head start. It's not my fault that she frogged her progress and started over. Anyway, I finished it on Tuesday. A picture was demanded of me wearing it, so I'll post it in all of its iSight awfulness. I think it looks pretty good on me despite the camera:
I decided to knit a slightly smaller size than the pattern called for by removing 1 pattern repeat. I also didn't knit the last 14 rows, because I am pretty small and didn't want to suffocate in the darn thing. Here it is in properly photographed glory:
Moving on to holiday knitting, I'm knitting a pair of socks for a friend for Christmas. She has no idea that she's getting socks, so I hope she'll like them. I'm knitting Wendy's Lace and Cable Socks using Tempted's Bah Humbug Good Grrl.
I've had to frog the past 2 socks I've tried to knit because I simply didn't like the pattern. It is a wonderful breath of fresh air to knit a pattern that I love. I started the pattern portion of the sock last night, and I've already completed 2 full pattern repeats! I hope these will knit up quickly. I'm slightly worried that I won't be able to give them away.
On my holiday knitting to-do list:
- I need to finish my Owls sweater by Nov 30th in order to be eligible for prizes in the KAL. I have 1 sleeve left before I start the owls portion (circles the shoulders). Cross your fingers that I can find the motivation to finish it.
- I wanted to knit a pair of socks for Mom. I have the yarn, but I'm not sure what pattern to do.
- DH should probably get a pair too, although hopefully he'll understand if I'm not finished with his until January.
- I'd like to knit an Odessa hat for another friend, but I'm not sure.
Happy (slightly early) Thanksgiving, and good luck to anyone else under a knitting deadline.