Some holiday knitting… and weaving

I had a pretty low-key holiday this year, but did manage to bang out a few handmade gifts.

First, a headband for my sister-in-law. The pattern is Chunky Turban Headband by Lorna Watt, and the yarn is Sheep Shop 2.

Chunky Turban Headband

The headband thing was inspired by my mom, who wanted one of those flowered ear warmers. So I made her one. The pattern is Knit Earwarmer with Crochet Flower by Ashlee Prisbrey, and the yarn is Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica.

Knit Earwarmer with Crochet Flower

And then there are the nieces. I bought some Mini Mochi years ago to make them some striped gauntlets, but never got around to it. So this year I wove them striped scarves instead. These are based on the knit Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood, but of course woven. I used Valley Yarns 8/2 tencel doubled for the warp and alternating skeins of Mini Mochi for the weft.

Mochi Striped Scarf Mochi Striped Scarf

And lastly, I participated in a Top-Secret Santa gift exchange at work this year. I know this will reveal my secret identity as this person’s gift-giver, but I’ll share anyway. It’s a beanie using the Case of the Mondays pattern by Haramis Designs. The yarn is Three Irish Girls Galenas Chunky.

Case of the Mondays beanie

That’s it! Amazing what one can do when they stop being so lazy!

Christmas in March

Back in January I mentioned that I was still working on two more gifts for the family. I actually completed them a couple of weeks ago, but they’ve finally arrived at their destinations, so I won’t spoil the surprise by posting them now.
First, a scarf for my brother. This is the Seed Stitch Scarf pattern from the Holiday 2006 issue of KnitSimple magazine. The yarn is Cascade Pastaza Paints. This was so late that I wrote a note that maybe he could use it next winter, but then I guess a big blizzard hit over the weekend. Yeah, I planned it that way.

The last "Christmas" knitted gift is for my mother. It’s another hat, again from the Three Tams pattern on Knitty. The yarns are Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden. My mom likes red, so I picked out the red first then tried to find a Silk Garden colorway that would work. (Actually, all of the family christmas gifts have a red theme, if you haven’t noticed!)
Merry Christmas, fam!

Knitted Christmas gifts

Since I just started this thing, I thought I’d step back and grab a few projects from Christmas. It still counts, right? So, I made some gifts for the fam. Actually, I’m still working on some. (Shhh, don’t tell them.)
First, I made some hats for my nieces (2 and 6) from a pattern in Knit Simple magazine. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted superwash wool.

Then I made a tam for my sister-in-law from the Three Tams pattern on The yarn is Cascade 220 Wool and Noro Silk Garden. The Silk Garden is a self-striping yarn, so it looks like the color changes you see in fair-isle knitting. Fake-isle, it’s called.

I made my mom, dad, and stepmom some Zune cozies, too. More on that later.
About the ones I’m not done with yet: I have two more that are kinda almost done that I’m still counting as "Christmas." I’ll post those after I’m done and have given them away.