The Year I Didn’t Knit Socks

For years I’ve knit socks for my nieces and nephews for Christmas. I’m not sure when I started exactly, but I know it’s been at least eight years (I knit a blue pair and pink pair to be ready for what turned out to be a nephew born days before Christmas eight years ago). If that was the first year, that nephew was number 5; and the oldest at the time was 5.  Since then, their number has doubled and the size of their feet, according to my very unscientific reasoning, has more than doubled. All that to say, it’s a lot more knitting than it was when I started.

When I began knitting years ago, sock knitting was one of my early accomplishments (a few missteps aside). We were like peas carrots, sock knitting and I. I churned out pair after pair, but last year the pressure of all those little (and no so little anymore) bare feet got to me. It just wasn’t fun. And if it wasn’t fun, what was the point? So I stopped.

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“Everyone Gets a Dishcloth!”

I knew I’d been on a bit of a dishcloth knitting kick the last few weeks but I didn’t realize exactly how much I’d gone to my go-to mindless knitting:

Looks like everyone will be getting a dishcloth this Christmas.

 

(There may be another 3 in various stages of completion strategically stashed in various locations. Don’t judge.)

 

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Pattern: Gaterlac Dishcloth

Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie; Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton; Pisgah Peaches & Creme; (and I can’t remember what the blue/green/yellow/white was)

Rainbow Hat

Last year I bought an assortment of neon yarn and made mittens for my nieces and nephews. I ended up with a pile of brightly coloured scrap yarn, so when I was looking for something to knit for a birthday gift, they jumped out of my collection at me.

 

I love striped hats in general, but Rainbow Marley is a particular favourite for children; the curly-cues on the top make this hat in my opinion.

 

Rainbow Marley hat in Knit Picks Swish Brights

Pattern:  Rainbow Marley

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted Brights in an assortment of colours.

Needles: Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeables and DPNs in US 7

 

Rainbow Marley hat in Knit Picks Swish Brights

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Cable Cape

I’ve felt for a while like I’ve been in a knitting rut: I’m not really trying new things; I have my go-to projects and patterns and I haven’t really strayed far from them. I want to try this year to attempt new patterns through I know there’s going to be plenty of the old standbys as well.

 
I have a multitude of pattern books acquired with great intentions of projects to come. Knitting Gifts for Baby I actually won in a contest on a blog a couple of years ago. My youngest niece is quite likely the last baby in the family for a while so with her first birthday this past week, my opportunity for baby knits was diminishing rapidly.

 

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Ode to Christmas Knitting

Twas the night before Christmas and here on my land
I was tearing my hair, strand by strand by strand

 

Different I said this year would be
I’d have time to sit and enjoy the tree

 

But alas you know what it is they say
When you’ve become so set in your ways:

 

You’ve got to flexible; learn to adapt.
I’ve often thought that was a load of crap

 

I was going to be ready; my knitting complete
This Christmas the kids would have warm “little” feet.

 

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