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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Secret Christmas Knitting, Revealed!

I hope everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas! We had a great one here. Mom and Dad (and Barclay the dog) came over along with Rick (my brother) and Mindy (his wife and owner of the original Hanami). It was the first time we'd all had Christmas together in years! I baked for 3 days and in the end we had way too many pies, cakes and fat and sugar based items, but it was so much fun getting everyone together.

We also had a Christmas miracle - a White Christmas! It started snowing here on Christmas Eve and didn't let up until the wee morning hours of Christmas. I've heard (but not verified) that it has been 87 years since this area had had a White Christmas. Even living in Colorado, we didn't have very many White Christmases.

Now that everyone has opened their gifts, I can show you the Secret Christmas Knitting I did. First up, Mindy's Korppi Wrap:
This is the Silky Alpaca Lace Shawl pattern that I made late last Spring in pink for myself. At the time I mentioned that it would be a great project to make for a nonknitter in Superwash yarn because it would be easy to wear and be easy to take care of. Mindy liked the idea and picked out the Korppi colorway from Blue Moon Fiber Art's Raven Series. This was my Waiting-On-Caleb knitting - sitting at school in the pick up line, sitting at the gym, sitting at the orthodontist. It rode around in the car for a couple months and it was the perfect project for working in public because it's total auto-pilot knitting. A good washing, and spreading it out smoothly to dry and it was ready to wrap up for Christmas.

It was also time for Mickael and his Dad to have new slippers, so I made two pairs of the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. These are made of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in Blue Flannel for my Father in Law and Onyx for Mickael. Mickael has been happily sliding across our hardwood floors since he opened them up.
Finally, my Mother in Law asked for some slipper socks with short cuffs to wear while she's laying on the sofa in the evenings. I decided to double fingering weight yarn to make them thick and cozy. I used Louet Gems Fingering weight for the cuffs and Apple Laine's Apple Pie for the foot section. The Apple Pie is a blend of wool, mohair and silk and I felt like it would wear better in the foot section since mohair is very strong and abrasion resistant.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky family - great gifts!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Rudee said...

The colors of that shawl are beautiful. Just think...if you hadn't moved, wouldn't you have had more than two feet of snow to dig out? I think snow is better when it's considered unique and dished out in small doses.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Hi Melanie - lovely shawl! Which STR yarn did you use? I've been looking for a "everyday" wrap to take to work - I work in a production environment that is usually too cold or too hot and this fits the bill.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

What lovely gifts!

7:47 AM  

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