FO Friday: Merry Christmas!

The Christmas knitting is done! I made a little something for each of the lovely women I work with, the other postdocs in my department who are part of our peer support group. Each of them has provided valuable insight and encouragement over the last two and half years. In addition to A Little Jazz, I finished the Lacy ZigZag Mitts. These get the badge for longest project of the year, since I started them in January.

Lacy ZigZag Mitts

Technical Specs:

  • Yarn: Alchemy Juniper 100% merino
    • Autumn Ecstasy (Loopy Ewe 2010 Club colorway)
  • Needles: US Size 0 47″ circular
  • Pattern: Lacy ZigZag Mitts by Monica Jines
  • New Skills: Perseverance
  • Mods: I knit the lace pattern all the way around until I got to the palm, and added k2, p2 ribbing to the bind off

These mitts took less than 1 skein of yarn, so there’s enough left for a second pair.


I also finished the Burberry Inspired Cowl, which, while not an exact match for the one in the catalog, it is a classy little piece – just right for wearing under a nice coat.

Burberry Inspired Cowl

Technical Specs:

  • Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool
    • Pewter (Cookie A 2011 Sock Club colorway)
  • Needles: US Size 7 47″ circular
  • Pattern: Burberry Inspired Cowl by Julianne Smith
  • New Skills – Subbing yarns. The original pattern called for a bulky weight yarn, but the SeaWool is fingering weight. Held double, it made a great substitute, and I had only a few yards left.

This cowl turned out very well. I may have to knit one for myself. If I knit it again out of fingering weight, I would skip the kitchener bind off (now I know why I never used it on anything bigger than sock toes) and use a three needle bind off instead. I think it would be a little easier to manage with the doubled yarn.


Finally, I finished the Simple Pleasures hat, my first project using Malabrigo.

Simple Pleasures


Technical Specs:

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Sock (2009 vacation yarn from Loopy Yarnsin Chicago
    • Abril colorway
  • Needles: US Size 6 and 7 24″ circular
  • Pattern: Simple Pleasures Hat by Purl Soho

This was easy and quick, but knit in a luxurious yarn, makes a fantastic gift. And since I finished all of my Christmas knitting ahead of schedule, I can get a jump on selfish knitting month, or what the Muggles call January.

Here’s hoping all of your gift knits are finished, and that you all have a happy holiday season.


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