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.

Anemoi Mittens

Just a quick pop-of-the-head to show off one-half of my Anemoi Mittens, which I finished over the weekend. I love, love, love this pattern, and I put this on and wave it around and wonder that something so lovely actually came off my needles. (It helps that the pattern is so magnificent.)

Anemoi Mittens - halfway done!

Maybe I can finish the second one in something shorter than two weeks, so I actually get to wear them a bit…


re·straint (rÄ­-strānt’) n.
The act of not stabbing with your knitting needles the man across the aisle who is snoring so loudly he keeps waking himself up.

knit’ter n.
One who engages in restraint for the sole reason of not bloodying magnificent yarn.

Current train WIP:
Nantucket Clapotis
This would be why I exercised restraint this morning. Great Adirondack Sireno, a 50/50 silk/merino blend, in a colorway they call “Nantucket Blue” but I prefer to call “Prozac fiber.” It’s crack — granted, my ol’faithful bamboo circs are hardly the pointiest needles in the world, but when you knit in a moving vehicle there are times where the needle will try to split the yarn no matter what you do — and this yarn just refuses to be splitty. It’s a joy to work with , and the Clap is going to show off its variegation really well.

Finished: Whitby socks. Will photograph, when I remember to charge my camera batteries.

Other WIPs on the needles at the moment: Tigger hat for Sunday’s baby shower (and still have to seam one sweater, wash ’em, and throw on the buttons — but that’s short work) and booties if I have time; Lady Elanor, which I haven’t touched in a week or so, but will probably crack down on this weekend.