27 years ago on Sunday, Benita became a part of my life. I opened her up on Christmas morning and she became an almost constant companion for the next few years.
With Benita, came a wardrobe of outfits for her to wear. Including a nightgown made from leftover material from one of my nightgowns and matching pink bunny slippers (she’s wearing a different outfit in the photo above that also matched a dress Mom made for me).
What I didn’t realize until I saw Tiny Owl Knit’s Hopsalots pattern, is that all these years I have wanted a pair of bunny slippers like Benita’s. And for some reason I wanted to wear them on Christmas morning. So once my essential Christmas knitting was completed I cast on these slippers using Patons Classic Wool held double in Magenta and Aran.
I started them on Wednesday the 14th, finished the knitting on Saturday the 17th, felted them using Mom’s top loader washing machine on the 18th, and then did the finishing on them last night after all my non-essential Christmas knitting was complete. I had to add a little length to the slippers in order to get them to match the approximates given in the pattern. They took 15 minutes in the washing machine to felt to the right length. I spun them dry in the washer and then formed them to my feet before letting them sit to dry. For the finishing I used button eyes and commercial pompoms for the noses and tails so they would match the features on Benita’s slippers.
I’m so happy with these slippers. They are warm and fuzzy and just perfect.
The Boot Covers have not been thought about let alone worked on.
Of the 4 Secret Projects I have started, I have finished all 4. I have 1 or 2 small things that I would like to make, but selfishly the priority is finishing the Pink Bunny Slippers. More details will be provided on the Secret Projects after they have been gifted.
There is a new puppy in the family. My brother, Erik, now has a Miniature Schnauzer of his own. Her name is Anya and she is just a darling. She’s about 3 months old now.
With Christmas on the way we needed to make Anya a stocking. Looking in the Christmas yarn stash, Mom and I came up with some blue Red Heart Holiday yarn with silver sparkles and I used Fidget’s stocking as a template to make a new one. This is my 11th project for the 12 in 2011 challenge.
Now Fidget has a red stocking, Anya has a white one, Charlie has a green one, and Anya has a blue one, and all the puppies are set for Christmas morning.
Secret Project #1 was not a Christmas gift, it was a baby shower gift for Carrie, one of the ladies in my knitting group. Carrie is expecting a little boy sometime between now and the end of November. There’s a possibility he might be later than that, but it would be nice for Carrie if that option isn’t mentioned.
To welcome Carrie’s new arrival I knit her the Baby Baseball Tee from Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark’s Knit 2 Together. I used Sidar Snuggly DK in blue/white Mix for the body and khaki green for the sleeves. This is project 10 for the 12 in 2011 challenge. I used the pirate rules a little for this project, since I bought yarn. Originally I was going to use two colours, the blue/white mix and a dark brown, of Snuggly that I got at the Fibre Festival in Victoria a few years ago. Looking at them again I realized that the dark brown was too dark with the blue/white mix. So I bought the khaki green which will go with both of the colours I already had.
I made one adjustment to the pattern. Instead of starting with a small number of stitches for the sleeve and increasing, I made a straight sleeve by casting on the total number of stitches after the increases. It seems to me that straight sleeves would be easier to get a baby’s arms through than tapered ones.
Last year, sometime before Christmas, my brother’s best friend Bill asked me to knit him a scarf with skulls on it. He told me that there was no rush, which I obviously have taken to heart. In May I sent him an email with links to some potential patterns. He chose Iris Schreier’s Skull Scarf. Knowing it was double knit, I purchased some Red Heart Comfort Sport in Black and Off-White, so that it wouldn’t be too thick. Last week, I finally started this scarf.
I’m using the pattern Bill selected as inspiration, since I have not bought the required yarn to get the pattern free. I charted my own skull pattern made of parts from a few different skull patterns that I found. I didn’t think to keep track of what patterns I used parts from though. The pattern is close to one of Bill’s tattoos, so he should be pleased.
I would like to get it finished in time for Christmas, but I’m not going to pressure myself into it. As I mentioned in the last post, scarves can feel unending. I like working double knit, but I need to look at what I’m doing, so I am not able to work on it if I want to pay attention to the tv. I’m re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on evenings where I have time by myself, and since I’ve seen it before I know that this time can be dedicated to working on this project.
The Blue Fabel socks are completed. I started these socks in August and they were finished by the end of September. Garnstudio’s Drops Fabel is one of my favourite socks yarns, the socks end up just stretchy enough to be super comfortable without completely losing their shape. Like with Dad’s 14th Socks, I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On for the toe and my regular short-row heel. Normally I attempt to make matching socks, but the Fabel colurway patterns are quite long and can be painful to find the matching spot on the next ball, so I made fraternal socks instead of identical this time.
The Blue Fabel socks are my seventh pair of socks knit this year. At this point I don’t think I’m going to make my very loose goal of 12 pairs in the year. Maybe I’ll try harder next year.
I did make one change to these socks though. I tried out a different toe. Instead of my usual short-row toe, I figured out Judy’s Magic Cast On and worked from the tip of the toe. I really like this method, and I might have a new go to way to start socks. It’s less fiddly than the short-row toe and easier to put down and pick up again later.