Friday, December 28, 2012

A Handmade Christmas - Part 2, What I Made For The Girls

Links to all of the patterns and further details about the projects can be found on my Ravelry page.
Candy Stripe Day Dress
by Jacqueline Gibb
leftover yarn - Dream in Color Classy
US 5, 3.75 mm knitting needles
December 13-14, 2012
for Tanith

Poncho Set
by Jacqueline Gibb
Ellen's Half Pint Farm 100% Merino Sock
US 7, 4.5 mm needles
December 16 - 17, 2012
for Gillian

Heather Aran Set
also by the talented Jacqueline Gibb
leftover Jacob Sheep yarn
US 2 and 4 needles
December 10-14, 2012
for Tanith - technically from my Dad
*Dad won an AGD sweater and hat set at the AGM (Annual General Meeting) for the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association last summer in a raffle.  He didn't know which kid to give it to, so I made this sweater and a headband/ear warmer (which has temporarily disappeared into the Christmas clutter) for him so that he had a sweater and hat for both girls.

Andean Chullo
by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence for Knit Picks
Knit Picks Palette (kit)
US 1.5 - 2.5mm needle
November 15 - 22, 2012
for Tanith!
I made one of these hats last year for Gillian, and Tanith has wanted one every since.  One kit has more than enough yarn for two hats (and drat it, I have a second kit because I just didn't know!).  Along with the hat, we also gave Tanith the flip-top mittens I made to match Gillian's hat as Gillian has outgrown them.

Northanger Abbey Hood
by Catherine Salter Bayer
Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool, Cherry
US 6, 4.0 mm
US 7, 4.5 mm
US 8, 5.0 mm
November 28 - December 7, 2012
So here's the back story:  When Gillian was about two I fell head over heels in love with the color of this fabulous Jo Sharp yarn as it was a perfect red for my little blue-eyed blond, and I bought I think 2.5 bags worth of the stuff.  Eventually I sold a bag, as I had different lot numbers (and no real idea of why I had purchased soooo much), and began working on a cabled sweater for my wee girl.  Gillian was about four at the time, and already as opinionated as can be.  When I tried the body on her, she told me she loved it....and would wear it if it were purple with pink hearts. 
I knew she wasn't lying, so I set the whole thing aside with a sigh.  I gave it all to my BKB, who was going to finish it for her daughter.  When that didn't happen, she eventually gave it back.  I've used some for Santa hats and elf slippers....but mostly it's been sitting for YEARS.
Then, in mid-November Gillian requested a red cloak and hood, completely out of the blue.  My heart sang!  I did a Ravelry search for patterns in my library and came up with this gem from the Jane Austin Knits series of magazines by Interweave Knits.   It is rather perfect, and my girl was delighted when she found it under the tree!


Gerald Van Dielen said...

These are so beautiful! Great work!

Shelda said...

Wow, quite the haul for the girls. Lovely knitting. No wonder you need a restorative knitting session with your blanket!