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Handmade Christmas

Finally, my post of handmade Christmas presents! Inside, you will find links to larger pictures and descriptions, as well as who the lucky recipients were.

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Mikado Fingerless Gloves

These were made as a TimeBank trade, so I didn’t pick the pattern or the yarn. The pattern was simple and pleased the recipient, who is modelling them for me in the above photo. The yarn was some rough wool, which reminded me that I always want to work with sumptuous, soft fibers. Since they were a TimeBank trade, I kept track of how long it took me — 18 hours! That seems like a long time for some gloves, even if they are almost full sleeves.

Here is the pattern for Mikado Ribbon Fingerless Gloves on Ravelry.

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Adult Chalice Blanket

Kitties make the best models.

I was surprised at how quickly I memorized this pattern. This blanket is the largest and most complex project I have attempted so far, and I managed to finish it with only two or three frogs. Once I figured out the first pattern set, it was pretty easy to tell if I was making a mistake. I definitely recommend the pattern. It’s easy and it comes out gorgeous. Remember, I am a pretty n00bish knitter, which means I’ve done maybe ten full sized projects, all of which have been scarves, hats, and blankets.  The pattern for a smaller version is on ravelry, I just continued mine until I ran out of yarn. It’s nice and big, definitely large enough for one person to snuggle up in, maybe two if you’re huddled together.

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Crochetish Knit Blanket

Everyone who saw me knitting this thought the blanket was made with crochet. I guess because of the holes that the yarn overs created? I don’t know, it looks pretty knit to me. I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease, which is 50% acrylic and 50% cotton. I’m trying to shy away from full acrylic yarns, but I wanted this to be able to be tossed in the wash with whatever else I happen to be cleaning. The half cotton made it more pleasant to work with, I think. I used about 1.5 skeins of each color. I probably could’ve made it a bit larger since I had some of each skein leftover, but I was tired of working on it so I decided I should probably just cast off. I’m excited to have a blanket I made which is decently sized enough that I can use it, and I really like the colors (even though the yarn I used was just pulled from my stash).

The pattern is here, if anyone wants to give it a go. It’s a very, very simple pattern that gives a pretty stylish result. I memorized it pretty quickly and worked away on the blanket while watching movies.

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