Let's start 2012 with a clean slate....so here are the final ta-dahs of 2011!!
Frosted Fields socks are finished!
And the best thing about them...they are a present for a friend whose birthday is in AUGUST!!! (I'm ahead already this year, and am going to gloat about it because it will probably be the only time this happens!!!) It's so easy to knit for this friend....she really "gets it" when it comes to handknits. (The first item in the newly "designed" gift box--the box that will contain gifty FOs for the year.)
On our car ride back from visiting with #1 son and family I finished Selbu Modern. (I deleted the picture from my computer which is SERIOUSLY low on memory before I posted it, so we'll just have to use the Rav link. Sorry.) I honestly thought that this was going to end up fitting an American Girl doll, but the miracle of blocking came through once again, and it's a very nice hat. Nice fit. Just can't love knitting fair isle. I keep thinking if I do enough of it, it'll grow on me, because I adore the look. I'm afraid I'm going to have to do a heck of a lot more to love the process.
This is the basic baby cap I knit a lot. (I try to provide a baby hat in the baskets the women of our church give to new moms.) I wish I could give credit to someone, but I think it's one of those hats that you see over and over and over in slightly different variations, and I haven't used a real pattern for years. These actually are 2 different hats, because I was slightly distracted and started decreasing differently, but they turned out just about the same. In case anyone might be interested in using odds and ends from their stash for a similar one....this is what I do.
On a size 4 (because I'm a very very loose knitter) 16" circular needle, with dk wt yarn, CO 80 st. Place marker, and start knitting in the round.
Knit for about 4 1/2" and start the decreases.
Version 1: *Knit 6, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
*Knit 5, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
Continue like this, decreasing the number of knit stitches before the k2tog by 1 stitch, followed by a knit row (changing to dpn when needed)--until you are just knitting 2tog. Continue k2tog until you have 3 or 4 stitches left on your needles, and do an I-cord for about 3". Bind off and knot the I-cord.
Version 2 decrease starts with *K 8, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
*K7, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
Follow above instructions.
These take less than a skein of yarn. I had two partial balls of the blue; was seriously running low on the second hat, so started striping with the white (needed at least 3 white stripes--that old basic design rule of odd numbers!), so I could end with a blue I-cord and have it look like the stripes were intentional, and not just---oops, ran out of blue, so the rest of the hat needs to be white.
The whole hat obviously can be striped; you can add embellishments (buttons, crocheted/knit flowers, embroidery); instead of going down to 3 stitches at the very end for the I-cord, you can stop at 6 stitches--make 2 long I-cords and make a bow on top. Whatever. Have fun!
See you next year!