Friday November 16th 2018

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Christmas knitting update

bloggersmThe Christmas knitting projects are well underway.

This year all of the women are getting some kind of neckwarmer, because they’re fast and, since they’re usually only one or two skeins, easy on the budget, even if I’m using luxe yarns. If I choose a bulky, it’s even quicker.

The four girls on the list (the nieces of my partner) are getting small jackets except for the one niece who is getting a pair of opera length fingerless mitts. I hadn’t meant to make them all small jackets, but that’s just sort of how it worked out. My only requirements were that teenage girls would like them, and that they were fast to knit.

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One niece is getting the Anthropologie Capelet (free pattern!) in a bulky cream yarn. It probably would have taken me all of a day to knit, but I had a lot of things to get done while doing it, so it basically was done in two.

Another niece is getting Wrenna from French Girl Knits. I made this while in Ireland during The Great Wrenna Race, and it basically took 3 days if you don’t count waffling over thesmith finishing details. Not really sure I like the colored bit on the top, which was meant to match the front picots. I think if I did it again, I’d just do a mock-tubular cast on in the secondary color.

The oldest niece is getting Twinkle’s Ribbed Jacket in the same bulky yarn but in pale green (which just arrived this morning). We’ll see how long it takes!

The youngest nephew is getting arigumi toys — he’s really into bats, apparently, so I’ll go find some bats. He might also get a hedgehog by Ysolda Teague.

All of the rest of the male types are getting Dwarven Battle Bonnets, by Wicked Woollens. (I have to check with the youngest’s mum as to whether he’d prefer to get one of these or if it would just scare him.) Mainly because I think it’d be hilarious to get a picture of them all after Christmas dinner, lined up wearing them! I just bought the yarn for the first four of them this morning and plan to get a start on it this weekend; they’re supposed to be pretty fast.

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We are off to the deepest, darkest (and definitely wettest) depths of Cumbria for a sorely needed holiday weekend, and won’t have much web access (if any at all). All of the flooding is supposed to be to the north of where we’re going to be, so hopefully we’ll give that all a miss. See you when I get back!

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7 Responses to “Christmas knitting update”

  1. Robynn says:

    Oh my. Those battle bonnets! Wow.

    V glad you started blogging btw; this site is definitely an Enhancement to the Cyberfybernet.

    • Zina says:

      Aren’t they HILARIOUS?!? (I’m doing them in cheap yarn, too, because I figure they’ll wear them once and then give them to their snowboarding nephews or something.) If you haven’t, take a look at the Rav project pictures, they are even more hilarious!

      Thanks for the blog-love — I’m really enjoying myself!

  2. Dawne says:

    Zina,
    You are really doing some Christmas knitting!

    Dawne (hiding her head in shame)

  3. I thought about making Oscar a battle bonnet…be he only needs the helm, he has a glorious Santa beard of his very own. :-} I am making cowls for almost everyone.

    • Zina says:

      You could still make him one but just make the braids instead of the full beard part. :) Really fancy braids could still be pretty hilarious. :)

  4. Zina says:

    Just finished the first Battle Bonnet. They are even more hilarious in the flesh than they are in pictures. :)

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