what I knit on my christmas vacation

It's been far too long since the last actual knitting content, so here are my FOs and WIPs (Works In Progress) from this trip... before we have to pack them up today (sob) and hit the road back to Amsterdam for our flight.

 [Besides, this makes for great distraction from the Countdown Counter at right.]

First, presents!

Madam got these before we got on the plane:
Paige'sMittens.jpgPattern: Mittens from Halland, from Folk Mittens.
Yarn: Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran, in red and black
Needles: US 5 DPNs (made for a VERY firm fabric)

I got to see her wear and use them – such a treat for a knitter.

 

 

 

 Hey, Dad: Surprise! These will be mailed to you when we get back to the States:

Dad'sBlueSocks.jpg These Regia 6-ply silk socks were made to go with a reversible (!) broken-rib pullover I made for Dad last year – very late for a big birthday.

Pattern: my usual Unpattern Sock, with a Broken Rib cuff on a larger needle, and then 1x1 rib along the top of the foot.
Yarn: Regia 6-ply silk blend, in blue
Needles: 3 mm (US 2.5) for cuff, then 2.75mm (US 2) for the foot

 

 

(And yeah, I hadn't woven in the ends before the photo shoot. The elves have since gotten to that.)

 

My last holiday present is still a UFO, and will probably be recommissioned into a birthday present for the recipient. I think it's safe to post a picture – the recipient is only an occasional blog reader, and they may not think it's for them. (Ooh- intrigue!)HandmaidenLace.jpg

Pattern: "English Mesh Lace Scarf with Beads" (a Churchmouse Yarns & Teas shop pattern)
Yarn: Handmaiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere & Silk, in a dusty beige-gray that's much more divine than this photo allows
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5) Addi Turbo Lace needles (the same I used for my wedding stole, and let me tell ya, I still love them with a passion)
Beads: Size 6 Mill Hill seed beads, in a matte white
All materials and pattern from Churchmouse.

This will be a thing of loveliness once I:
a) have it finished; and
b) get it blocked.

The mittens were finished before we left home, but these last 2 projects were begun or finished here.
Here's what else I brought to work on (and let me tell ya, I'm amazed at what I've been able to get done! Gotta love those long train rides...):

There has been some tangible progress on my Simple Sweater:
SimpleSweaterRowan.jpgPattern: Unpattern Simple Sweater
Yarn: RYC Cashsoft DK, in MC olive and a CC teal
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

This sucker was cast on in April, after my other sample was stolen (!) out of a box I shipped with UPS. It made great progress up to the armholes, and then it just died on the needles.
It languished all summer, and I need to kick-start it for Stitches West in February.
Happy to see it with its body complete and sleeve stitches picked up. Should be a breeze from here.

 

 

Hey- another sweater!
 NissaFO.jpg

Pattern: "Nissa" from a new Rowan Kidsilk Aura book
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Aura, in dark forest green (10 skeins)
Size: 'Medium'
Needles: 5.5 mm (US 9)
Oh yeah, baby - them 9s make for quick knitting!

Kit said to me "Of course you should get that project – you'll have it finished inside of a week!"
And wouldn't ya know it, she was right!

I may wear this one to a New Year's organ concert in one of the ancient churches tonight.

 

 

 

And there have also been socks! (Since we're doing lots of sock classes at Churchmouse this next quarter, some of which will be taught by yours truly):

Toe-UpSTR.jpg Pattern: "On-Your-Toes Socks" from Ann Budd (Interweave Knits, Summer 2007)
Yarn: Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight, in colorway "Lunasea"
Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1.5), 2 circulars

I ADORE this pattern! So much that I'm going to inflict it upon several (un)suspecting students in a few weeks.

And before you ask, NO - I'm not suffering from Second Sock Syndrome, and I'm not lazy. The second sock is primed and ready to be used as a teaching tool in class.
(You know, it's like those cooking shows where they pull an assembled lasagna out from under the counter to put in the oven? They call them 'step-outs,' and while they make teaching wonderful, they do require lots of planning. The second sock here is ready to turn the heel, all set for our second class session.

RockNWeave.jpg Pattern: "Rock and Weave Socks" by Yours Truly for Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight, in colorway "Blarney Stone" (which I love, and yet nothing can explain why I keep thinking of it as "Barney Rubble."
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5) for the linen-stitch cuff, then 2.5 mm (US 1.5) for the sock.
Buttons: yes, buttons! from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

We realized a little while ago that Churchmouse didn't have a sample of my very own sock pattern! Had to remedy that, and offer a fun class at the same time.

This one will go to Churchmouse for display to promote my class coming up; and then I'll begin the second sock in class with my weasels.