Christmas Knitting

I’m quite proud of my Christmas knitting achievements this year.  For people I like to knit for, thus knitworthy, I’ve made one pair of socks, two hats and two pairs of mittens.  I finished with a week to spare which is unheard of!  Despite this achievement I find myself with no time to knit the things I wanted to knit for myself and my home – next year I need to finish everything by mid November thus allowing the whole of the Christmas run up for festive home knitting.

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Behold one pair of DK socks in Sirdar’s Harrap Tweed for my best friend Bev.  She and her husband are going on a jaunt to Finland in the New Year to see the Northern Lights so I’m hoping these will keep her toes nice and warm.  The pattern is my own adapted version of the basic Regia DK sock pattern – main changes being the 2X2 rib foot and a slipped stitch heel flap.

The moss stitch mittens are from Martin Storey’s ‘Winter Warmers’ book – I made two pairs of these, one in purple above and the other in a powdery pink.  I cannot recommend this pattern enough for quick gift knitting – super bulk yarn and 10mm needles make them very speedy.

The two hats are Northwards by Tincanknits which I knitted in Malabrigo Chunky.  The cable pattern is easy to remember and another quick knit on 6.5mm.  I knitted both in a few evenings while binge watching The Punisher on Netflix.

Now that the school term has ended and the gift knitting done I’m busy trying to finish a pair of Christmas socks for myself and I’ve plans for a Christmas Eve cast on. The latter will not be another pair of socks but as usual I’m probably attempting to achieve what is impossible in the time I have left!

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