Gift Knitting

So when you have knitworthy relatives who have big life events happening (for example, getting engaged), and you also have a tradition of knitting afghans to gift to knitworthy relatives on the occasion of their marriages… you have a very dry blogging spell, because you don’t want to post spoilery images and ruin the surprise. When it’s TWO afghans, it takes even longer.

But then I reasoned, that while they follow my Instagram, they don’t really pay attention to this site. So you can have a few close-ups, as a treat.

A blanket square of a mitered cross knit in a variegated yarn with purple, pink, orange, yellow, and navy stripes.  The cross is bordered by a log cabin frame in a cream colored yarn.
Gift one.
A partially-completed, deeply textured afghan knit in a bulky cream yarn.  Squishy cables bracket stitches forming large diamonds with seed stitch centers.  Two skeins of yarn are lying next to the work.
Gift two.

Gift One is finished and will be presented to its recipients soon, and Gift Two is in progress. Once they are completed and presented I will write them up in fuller detail.

So despite my pledge to post once a week or so, I obviously have not been, although there’s been plenty of knitting going on. As always happens in the midst of the semester, I am suffering from a massive bout of Startitis. I have, currently, on the needles:

  • A sweater (Frontier Blues Jacket, from latest Knitscene, in Cotton-Ease)
  • a scarf (My So-Called, in Manos Silk Blend in Violets…mmm)
  • Anemoi mittens (still, I know, I know…it’s hard to do homework and deal with the chart, so it’s been hibernating)
  • a stocking (Gansey Stocking from Interweave’s Christmas Stockings – starting Christmas early)
  • socks (Broadripple, as anklets, in KP Dancing)
  • other socks (Jaywalkers, in KP Felici in Clay, which are all done but one toe)

…and I also cast off on a sekrit project last week, about which I will only say damn, Blue Moon, your yarn is awesome. Pictures of all these things will come, I swear.

Other things I am working on include, well, work, and schoolwork (including two major projects, one for each class), and doing my best to avoid pollen. That is not going so well.

HOWEVER. Next week I am going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival, so there will be lots of pictures from that. I am very excited, because it’s a festival and it’s full of YARN.