Jinjifore's Knitting Gallery--Page 6

Holidays 2005

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Kureyon Kozy
Kureyon Kozy

Pattern: "Kureyon Kozy." Emma Crew. Knitty.
Yarn: 1 (3.5 oz/132 yd) skein Cascade Yarns Pastaza (50% llama/50% wool) in color #079 (dark green). One skein was exactly enough for the large cozy and the twisted ties with about a yard left over.
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1"
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 days, completed 11/05
Notes: Technically, I suppose, this is a "Cascade Cozy," since I knitted it in Cascade Pastaza instead of Kureyon. This was made for my mother, and I chose the dark green Pastaza to match her kitchen. I also altered the top from the original, replacing ribs with cables to add some texture, since I'd chosen a monochrome yarn in place of the Kureyon. Also, I like cables.

Latvian Socks
Latvian Socks

Pattern: "Latvian Socks." Nancy Bush. Folk Socks: The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 1994. 92-94.
Yarn:2 (50g/231yd) skeins Knit Picks Essential (75% wool/25% nylon) in Black
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge:
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 weeks, completed 11/05
Notes: It can be frustrating, being a knitter in the South, but my Florida-native stepmother is an excellent candidate for knitted gifts, no matter how mild the winter. I love to knit socks, but somehow never seem to end up knitting them, so I was determined to make her some nice socks. I was very pleased with the way these turned out, one of those "my gosh, it actually looks like the ones in the picture!" projects.

Stocking Caps
Stocking Caps

Pattern:"Sassy Stocking Cap." Where Did You Get That Hat? Toronto: Coats Patons -- Coats Canada, 1995. 21.
Yarn: Hat 1 (left)--2 (3oz/197yd) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% acrylic/20% wool), 1 in Cranberry, 1 in Navy. Hat 2 (middle)--2 (3oz/197yd) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% acrylic/20% wool), 1 in Cranberry, 1 in Colonial Blue. Hat 3 (right)--1 (220yd) skein Cascade 200 (100% wool) in #9449 [hot pink]; 1 (100g/132yd) skein Cascade Pastaza (50% llama/50% wool) in #079 [dark green]
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts x 6 rows = 1"
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2-3 days each, completed 3/06
Notes: As I've mentioned before, I made stocking caps for all my friends, and this year I decided I should make them for our progeny, too. The cap in the middle is to complement the recipient's winter clothes, and to complement the colors on his father's cap. The cap on the left is for a boy who's very fond of Spiderman, so he got nice bright Spiderman colors. And the cap on the right is for my daughter, who went with me to the store and picked out the colors herself. She wanted green, so I showed her the same Pastaza that I'd used for my mother's cozy and she liked it. Then, when I told her she could pick out another color, she went right for the bright pink.

Wrist Warmers
Wrist Warmers

Pattern:Bill's Wrist Warmers
Yarn: 1 215 yd skein Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (80% superwash wool/20% nylon) in color #92 (River)
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge: 18 sts x 22 rows = 2" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 week, completed 12/05
Notes: I designed these for my stepmother's mother. I picked a nice hand-dyed yarn in colors I knew she liked, then came up with the design. I knew I wanted ribbing, and I opted for a wide rib with an alternating cable rib to give the mittens some texture without, I hoped, detracting from the colors. I was really pleased with how they turned out, and especially pleased at the effect of the cables on the thumb gore. The zig-zag pooling as I worked the extra gore stitches was unexpected, but I rather liked it.

Wrist Warmers--Detail
Wrist Warmers--Detail

A detail of the thumb gore.

Harald Watchcap
Harald Watchcap

Pattern: "Harald." Elsebeth Lavold. Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2000. 74-77.
Yarn: 2 (50g/110yd) skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (100% wool) in Winter Night
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1"
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 days, completed 12/06
Notes: I made one of these for my dad years ago, and it was lost in a move. He'd hinted several times that he'd like a replacement, so I made this one for him. As I recall, I made the first one exactly as written, using Plymouth Galway, but for this one I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. After some swatching, I decided that the Wool of the Andes needed a slightly smaller gauge than called for. The chart had some extra ribs for the matching sweater, so I added one to each of the repeats to make up the circumference.

Kippah
Kippah

Pattern: "Basic Knit Kippah." J. B. Tocker.
Yarn: 1 (50g/215yd) skein Brown Sheep Wildfoote (75% wool/25% nylon) in Bluegrass
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge: 8 sts = 1"
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 week, completed 10/05
Notes: It finally occured to me that an obvious thing to knit for my husband would be a kippah. He's been using the ones they hand out at the door, and I decided that wouldn't do while I had needles and yarn lying idle. The pattern I used calls for reverse stockinette stitch, with a funky maneuver added after the garter brim to, essentially, knit it wrong side out. I felt that the striped yarn would look better in plain stockinette, so I simply skipped the inside-out part.

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