Convalescence Knitting…

I’ve been doing a lot of it because the wisdom teeth healing process seems to have ground to a halt. I have an appointment with the oral surgeon today. Hopefully, things will get better so that I can focus on final exams this week. In the meantime, I have a lot of FOs to show for my week of inactivity!

First up, the nearly finished Lapland Mittens! The 2nd one still needs a thumb but since these aren’t a holiday gift, they’re currently on hold. It’s hard to see but there’s a light green piece of waste yarn knitted in where the thumb is supposed to go. I like using peasant thumbs in mittens because they are much more fitted and keep the wearer warmer. This first picture is of the palm side:

The second view is of the back of the mittens.
The next project I’ve been working on is a pair of curly-toed elf slippers from Melanie Falick’s Weekend Knitting (one of my favorite books). The curl needs to be secured and I have to add fuzzy trim along the tops still but these were QUICK knits! I made each in under two hours. I used Knit Picks Sierra doubled. One of my cousins is coming to visit next weekend with her 7 year-old and 4 year-old boys so I’m making the little one a red pair and the older one a blue pair. The 7 year-old has a real dramatic streak in him and he loves to play dress up so I hope these won’t be too juvenile for him. Any suggestions on what color trim I should use???

Next, I got a start on holiday knitting (yes, I’m just now starting…) and made a simple, easy black hat for my stepdad. He has a large head and allegedly can never find good hats. It is superwash wool so he can wear it on his morning runs and then wash it without a problem.

Finally, I returned to a hat pattern that drove me batty last winter: a brioche hat from the weekend knitting book. I did some research online and found that I wasn’t the only one who struggled with it. There’s a very important YO every other row that will mess the pattern up if left out. Also, I don’t care much for the suggested cast-on method so I used a simple 2-color cast-on that is much cleaner. Here is a progress photo (note the lazy dog in the background):
I hope I’ll have this done in the next day or so in spite of exams. I bribe myself to study with knitting so I’ll make a little bit of progress this week.

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4 comments so far

  1. Veronique on

    I made the brioche capelet from Wrap Style, and the cast-on really surprised me. You do a provisional cast-on, and simply take out your scrap yarn at the end. Miracle of miracles, it does not unravel, and is very stretchy. Maybe a little too stretchy for a hat though…

  2. Theresa on

    That brioche hat is definitely on my to-do list, eventually . . . Looks good. I’m impressed with your gumption, just starting your holiday knitting now. Good luck!

  3. Chris on

    Bummer about the wisdom teeth. And I’m glad to hear that someone started their holiday knitting after I started mine – I started Saturday. ;)

    Thanks for the warning about the brioche hat.

  4. Kat with a K on

    The mittens are great! Where’s the pattern from?

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