Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Handknit Saint Lucia for 2012

I'm have observed St. Lucia Day this year by knitting an outfit for Theodora so that she can celebrate Lucia Day.  I think I did a sweet job on the crown with the beads as candles.  

The costume was knit from Peysufot by Helene Magnussen.  Thanks, Helene!

See more here on the history of St. Lucia Day

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Not quite done...

I was wrong about being almost done with holiday knitting a couple of posts back, and I continue to suffer this year with gauge and size issues.  For example, I was planning a last minute hat for son R that I knew I could do quickly.  I had used the same yarn and needles for B's hat and it was fine.  HOWEVER I did a more intensive stranded pattern with 3 colors in a row and unwittingly changed my gauge...this will fit a 5 year old...

I am almost done with it but will restart. (I'll keep this one to donate somewhere).  I also thought perhaps I would use slightly larger dpns to start the crown of the hat (it's a top down pattern) and went looking for some other dpns.  Here's the end of my search 

Note the very accidental placement (!!!) of my favorite Louisa May Alcott quote on the mug "housekeeping ain't no joke."  Now you know this is humor as the word "ain't" was not in Louisa's routine vocabulary! 

Now there must be another way...I have something on order...

Meanwhile here's another frustration outside the window

On a more positive note, there are also doll clothes for Linda's little neice to work on...this nice person on Ravelry does patterns for MyTwinn dolls (little niece is getting one for Christmas) and her Twinn needs something warm...here's the start

Linda brought the Twinn over and it does indeed fit, thank goodness!