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No pictures today, as I haven’t much to show for m…

No pictures today, as I haven’t much to show for myself. I’M DONE WITH FINALS! Yay. I don’t even care how I did – I’m just happy it’s over. I had a very heavy courseload this semester so it’s a relief to be done.

I’m at the heel of a red and green striped pair of top-down socks. I thought they would be cool stripes but the sock looks more like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. *sigh* I probably won’t give these as a present because I don’t know anyone that’s really into Dr. Seuss socks so I’ll probably keep them. I have no pride. I’ll wear red and green striped socks.

I saw these labels last year but I forgot to bookmark them. Check them out for your holiday gift knitting. The only thing I don’t like is that all of the labels are for Christmas with red and green all over. None for birthdays or other gifts. They can’t be hard to make in Photoshop. Maybe I’ll bribe my husband with cookies to make me some personalized labels. That sounds very Surrendered Wife of me so I apologize, but he does that for a living and frankly, I like making cookies. :-)

In response to some emails, the Lapland Mittens are from Folk Mittens. The fingerless mitts are from Weekend Knitting but you can find similar patterns for the fingerless mittens if you google them. I’ve seen lots of cute freebie patterns for them.

I’m planning a new brioche hat but I’ve found a better crown shaping method at Tipper’s blog. Her version is cleaner than Melanie Falick’s and looks much easier. So FYI, if you start a brioche hat, go get Tipper’s quick and dirty crown shaping!

I finally finished the brioche hat. Here’s the FO as well as an in-progress pictures of the hat modeled by an unshaven husband. All in all, I think this is a good pattern, in spite of my initial frustrations with it. The decreases didn’t seem to be working right but the stripes look fine at the crown. One of my problems with this hat is that I assumed that it is reversible and it is not. The crown shaping removes all hope of reversibility. I wonder if I could rework the pattern to make it reversible but I’m not willing to invest the time and headache. :-)

I took a break from brioche hats (yes, I plan on making more as holiday gifts) to make some fingerless mittens. I’ve never found these to be attractive or useful but I thought I’d give the pattern a try because it looked easy and none of my family members like mittens. I only want to knit mittens and no one will wear them because they all prefer gloves. And no, not knitted gloves. Fingerless mittens have risen in my esteem since we are trying to keep our heating costs down and our house is freezing. After all, one cannot type in mittens! These are quick knits (45 mins for each mitt) and I won’t be offended if my family members never use them because of the minimal time investment. I think I’ll make 3-4 pairs. AND, I’m only using stash yarn because this is a great stash reduction knit!

Next up, the second red mitt, maybe a scarf, but most likely more brioche hats! I really wish I could crank out socks like Alison. Maybe I’ll work on that after Christmas.

I’m officially 50% done with finals, with two more tomorrow morning. My mouth is finally recovering from the wisdom teeth and I’m feeling so much better. I’m going back to exercising today at long last. I’ve been getting really stir-crazy sitting in the house all day studying/knitting. :-)

I finally finished the brioche hat. Here’s the FO as well as an in-progress pictures of the hat modeled by an unshaven husband. All in all, I think this is a good pattern, in spite of my initial frustrations with it. The decreases didn’t seem to be working right but the stripes look fine at the crown. One of my problems with this hat is that I assumed that it is reversible and it is not. The crown shaping removes all hope of reversibility. I wonder if I could rework the pattern to make it reversible but I’m not willing to invest the time and headache. :-)

I took a break from brioche hats (yes, I plan on making more as holiday gifts) to make some fingerless mittens. I’ve never found these to be attractive or useful but I thought I’d give the pattern a try because it looked easy and none of my family members like mittens. I only want to knit mittens and no one will wear them because they all prefer gloves. And no, not knitted gloves. Fingerless mittens have risen in my esteem since we are trying to keep our heating costs down and our house is freezing. After all, one cannot type in mittens! These are quick knits (45 mins for each mitt) and I won’t be offended if my family members never use them because of the minimal time investment. I think I’ll make 3-4 pairs. AND, I’m only using stash yarn because this is a great stash reduction knit!

Next up, the second red mitt, maybe a scarf, but most likely more brioche hats! I really wish I could crank out socks like Alison. Maybe I’ll work on that after Christmas.

I’m officially 50% done with finals, with two more tomorrow morning. My mouth is finally recovering from the wisdom teeth and I’m feeling so much better. I’m going back to exercising today at long last. I’ve been getting really stir-crazy sitting in the house all day studying/knitting. :-)

I finally finished the brioche hat. Here’s the FO …

I finally finished the brioche hat. Here’s the FO as well as an in-progress pictures of the hat modeled by an unshaven husband. All in all, I think this is a good pattern, in spite of my initial frustrations with it. The decreases didn’t seem to be working right but the stripes look fine at the crown. One of my problems with this hat is that I assumed that it is reversible and it is not. The crown shaping removes all hope of reversibility. I wonder if I could rework the pattern to make it reversible but I’m not willing to invest the time and headache. :-)

I took a break from brioche hats (yes, I plan on making more as holiday gifts) to make some fingerless mittens. I’ve never found these to be attractive or useful but I thought I’d give the pattern a try because it looked easy and none of my family members like mittens. I only want to knit mittens and no one will wear them because they all prefer gloves. And no, not knitted gloves. Fingerless mittens have risen in my esteem since we are trying to keep our heating costs down and our house is freezing. After all, one cannot type in mittens! These are quick knits (45 mins for each mitt) and I won’t be offended if my family members never use them because of the minimal time investment. I think I’ll make 3-4 pairs. AND, I’m only using stash yarn because this is a great stash reduction knit!

Next up, the second red mitt, maybe a scarf, but most likely more brioche hats! I really wish I could crank out socks like Alison. Maybe I’ll work on that after Christmas.

I’m officially 50% done with finals, with two more tomorrow morning. My mouth is finally recovering from the wisdom teeth and I’m feeling so much better. I’m going back to exercising today at long last. I’ve been getting really stir-crazy sitting in the house all day studying/knitting. :-)

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.