An update very late in coming
Okay, so I know it's been two and a half years since I posted anything. But I've been busy! Not as busy knitting as I would like, but I've experienced a recent flurry of knitting activity that I just had to share with you...
In July 2006 I declared that Christmas 2006 would be the Christmas of the Knit Gifts. After taking orders for a sweater for my sister-in-law, a stocking cap for my brother, a set of golf club headcovers for my dad, and two cat beds for my mom I proceeded to not finish any of them in time for Christmas. Oops.
The sweater for my SIL is my pride and joy. I used the pattern "Pin Up Girl" by Annie Modesitt from Debbie Stoller's book, Stitch N Bitch. It's a great pattern and works up beautifully, but it was quite challenging for a beginning knitter. I used Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Russet, and I think it came out great. I'm especially proud of learning how to sew the pieces together! You almost can't tell where the seams are, they are so nice and flat.
My brother's hat was a pattern I've done several times before. It's "Tricolored Stocking Cap" from Judith Swartz's Hip To Knit. I've made three of these already for my husband in different colors and weights. Husband Hat 1 was in charcoal grey Karabella Margrite. Husband Hat 2 was a little longer (to cover his ears) and striped, charcoal grey and red, also in Karabella Margrite. Husband Hat 3 (just finished this summer) was in a much heavier weight heathered yarn of grey and tan, whose name escapes me at the moment. For my brother's hat, I worked up the same pattern in navy blue Karabella Aurora 8, a super-soft merino wool yarn. My brother has a navy blue peacoat, so this will look great with it!
I should especially mention the golf club headcovers I made for my dad. He got two of them under the tree (for his driver and his 3 wood), but I didn't finish the set (5 wood and 7 wood) until this summer. I worked them all up in Lion's Brand Wool-Ease Think & Quick, in black with charcoal grey stripes.