FO Friday: Cutesy and Last Minute

I made a two-handed mitt for my honey (project page here).  Kind of Totally last minute but I cranked this out with US 8 and 10 needles (5 and 6 mm, respectively) in less than 2 or 3? days.  I used some KnitPicks Swish and Hikoo Simpliworsted that I had lying around from other projects.FullSizeRender(1)

Stash busting, quick and a gift we can both enjoy? Totally winning!IMG_0365

I decided to present the present (teehee, the English language, man) during a date outing in which we’d get immediate use – touring the Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield and looking at the holiday lights they’d put up.IMG_6437

Did you make any gifts this holiday season?  Are you a last-minute maker-gifter or do you do a better job of planning ahead than I do?

 

Knick Knack Knucks

I don’t have a WIP today, but I do have a new pattern!

The Knick Knack Knucks pattern has finally been published 😀  You can find it on Ravelry or in my Etsy Shop.

Perfect for Scootin'

Pattern Deets:

Mittens are warmer than gloves because your fingers can intermingle and share their warmth with each other, but they aren’t exactly practical when it comes to doing things that involve your fingers.  These convertible knucks give you the best of both worlds: the warmth of mittens with the functionality of gloves in the form of a removable mitten flap.

These would be a great project to use up that single* skein of sock yarn you have in your stash as well as a quick gift knit for a friend or relative (*please note that some knitters do need two skeins for the smaller size, so you might want two just to be safe).  Just another simple layer to add to your wardrobe, these knucks will become a fast favorite and you’ll be hard pressed to adventure into the cold without them.

Sizes: S/M (L/XL)

Finished Measurements: to fit hands with a palm circumference S/M (6 to 7.5-inch), L/XL (7.5 to 9-inch) (the ribbing around the wrist helps it to fit a variety of wrist sizes)

Materials

Size 4 dpns

1 (2) Skeins Patons Kroy Socks FX (166 yds, 75% washable wool, 25% nylon)

Stitch markers

Darning needle or crochet hook (to weave in ends and secure mitten flap to gloves)

2 small buttons

Gauge: 7 sts x 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch on size 4 needles

Pattern Glossary

K – knit

P – purl

PM – place marker

Kfb – knit into the front and back of the next stitch

p/u – pick up a stitch between the one you just knit and the next stitch on the needle*

Skp – slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

BO – bind off

Simple and Functional

 

FO Friday: Two Weeks’ Worth

Welcome back to another FO Friday!  I didn’t get a chance to share last week because of Snowpocalypse, so this week I’m sharing those projects and the one(s) from this week too.

I made a shift knob cover for a friend’s car:

Kinda looks like a hot air balloon

Since its been so cold down here, my friend was complaining about how cold his shift knob was when we went to drive to work in the morning and asked if I could make him a cover for it to match the colors of his car.  I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out, it only took me an hour or so to make and I totally winged the pattern with only how the shift knob felt in my hand for sizing reference.

I finished that replacement beanie:

capturing the true color was hard, but I think this photo is pretty close

Another project I’m quite pleased with.  I picked up some needles to finish the hat while I was in Albuquerque couch-hopping this past weekend and finished the hat in no time.  Finally my head is graced with the warmth and softness of baby alpaca once again.

I finished a pair of knucks for myself:

I promise better pictures for the actual pattern!

I don’t know if you all know this, but riding a scooter to school makes your hands very cold, and my old gloves just weren’t cutting it.  I made a pair of these for my friend for Christmas, wrote up the pattern and made these for myself.  Pattern coming soon 😀 Promise!

And I finished a hat for my Aunt:

Again, hard to capture the actual color...

This took me…maybe….3 or 4 hours.  Not long at all, and it will be on its way to her shortly.  I hope she loves it!

Wanna share your own FOs?  Skip on over to Tami’s blog to share you’re projects!

WIP Wednesday: Knick Knack Knucks

Welcome back for another WIP Wednesday!  Want to join in?  Head on over to Tami’s blog to share your own projects.

This week, I’m in the middle of making myself a pair of Knucks, following my  currently-being-test-knit pattern.  The first set I made went to a friend for Christmas and my hands are just so cold and I had enough of the yarn left over to make some for myself.

Comin' along, slowly but surely

I really hope to have this pattern released in the next few weeks, just as soon as I find the time to make the edits that were suggested by one of my fabulous test knitters, MrsMouse.

What are you knitting this week?