Saturday, March 26, 2011

Update on Courtney's challenge!

It has occurred to me that I haven't updated everyone on the state of my Christmas Challenge!

Here's the Gaptastic Cowl I finished in late January (Yes, that is the Central Park Hoodie I knit up a couple years ago):

I've been busy working up a couple non-Christmas projects, so it's a good thing I got two projects done in January. However, I was naughty and didn't take photos before triumphantly presenting the gifts to the recipients. One was a baby blanket knit in the purple and green colorway of Mirage, a DK weight 50/50 wool and acrylic blend:

The second was a pair of the Onda su onda fingerless mitts, a free Ravelry download.

Picture from Ravelry pattern page.

I used a beautiful teal blue I had left over from the Pinwheel sweater I knit last summer (the second blue in from the edge):

The pattern is simple and well-written, and took about half of the original 219 yard skein. I will make another pair for a Christmas Challenge gift, probably from another left-over skein from the Pinwheel Sweater. I plan on reducing the number of thumb stitches next time, though, because mine turned out a little looser than I would have liked.

The other night, I finished a pair of slippers I had started last November, and am finishing up a scarf I started a year and a half ago. These are my March and April Challenge gifts. No, this is not cheating! Finishing these projects will make it possible for me to start some new ones I've been drooling over for a while now. :)

I'll take pictures and post on the slippers and scarf soon!


Judy Junis said...

I like all the things you post. I was thinking that it would be good to take pictures of the new yarn and post those on your blog for those of us who live far away and might be tempted to make an extra trip if we see something we really like.

The Yarn Shoppe said...

Great minds think alike, Judy! Judy Wagner and I were talking about doing this just the other day. Thanks for your suggestion, and look for photos of new yarn as it comes in!