Wednesday, November 7, 2007

knitting for mothers

It's November, and the days are gorgeous. So much sun, mild temperatures. I wish that we had this weather everyday: crisp mornings, warm afternoons, early evenings...

For my mom, who came back out to California to help me during the Southern California Firestorm, I made a Coronet. It's made of a lovely pistachio colored Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I'm hoping that this hat is warm and can cover her ears in the cold Colorado air, but that it won't be itchy.

I began my holiday knitting in earnest this week. For my mother-in-law I cast on Garter Rib socks from Sensational Knitted Socks in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi. The colorway is a Yarn Market exclusive called Ballerina Blues, based on the painting "Dancers at Rest" by Edgar Degas. I'm knitting these on size 2 dpn.

The sock is coming out beautifully. This is the first Charlene Schurch pattern I've done, and I have to say that she is making her way to patron sock saint status in my book. Her heel flap, with its garter stitch border, is not only extremely easy to pick up stitches from, but is aesthetically pleasing. And though I have seen other patterns with a solution to gaps at the gusset, Charlene is the only pattern-writer to show me how to successfully avoid that little stretched out stitch I always get where my gusset begins.

Other holiday knitting: for my (step)mother-in-law I am knitting socks in Yarn Pirate Merino Sock, in a colorway that shares her name: Karma. I finally bought more Lamb's Pride Worsted to finish up my sister's Zeeby's Bag; I have only the straps to complete, but I will be lining this bag as well. I may knit a Chevron Scarf for my sister-in-law. I have the requisite Socks that Rock in Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline; though they were not purchased with the intent to become a scarf, but to be socks.

In the last Yarn Pirate Booty Club installment, Georgia sent a couple of long hot pink circular needles, so I'm pondering whether I should look into learning the Magic Loop method. Do any of you do this? Did you take a class, or did you find a tutorial online? If you have a good tutorial to share -- one heavy with photos AND verbiage -- please post in the comments. After the Garter Rib socks are done, I may try it out.

eta: Laurel found out on Saturday that she IS the baby mouse that gets shot in the rear during the Nutcracker! Yay Laurel!


Patti said...

The ballerina blues is knitting up gorgeous!!!

a friend to knit with said...

oh, i LOVE that hat for your mother!! what a wonderful daughter!
ok, i too always get a little hole where my heal starts.....yours looks PERFECT! and wonderful of you to knit beautiful things for family members. At the rate I am going, my family members might just get a tissue holder! :)

About magic loop........havn't done it....i don't know why, but i just havn't been interested?!

Wannabe said...

I love that pattern by Charlene Schurch...I made it with some Trekking not long ago. I adore her patterns.

Lofty goals for Christmas girly but since you are speedy knitter, I'm sure they will all be done. I've been working for months and I think I only have one thing on the list that I HAD to do...maybe I'll have time to squeeze in a few more.

I haven't done Magic Loop but have wanted to try. Everyone I know that does it, loves it! Good luck!

Love the hat BTW!

Kate said...

Lucky Moms! That hat looks so soft and warm. It'll keep her warm and toasty back in the cold of Colorado.

And I can't wait to see 'Karma' knit up.

Good luck on the knitting!

Chelsea said...

Wow - this yarn and colorway are so beautiful! Great pattern choice (again). These will look so fabulous!

Sarah said...

That hat is perfect! And I love the charades.

Yes, definitely learn magic loop or two circulars. I think I have a book about it at home. Let me know if you need it.

: )

Kellie said...

Loving the look of that sock! I have Sensational Knitted Socks 2 - would you recommend picking up the first one? I typically dislike doing heel flaps because I always seem to muck them up, but I would like to get better at them as I think they probably do make a stronger heel (and I think Eye of Partridge looks gorgeous in varigated yarns).