I decided shortly before it was time to send packages out for Christmas, to knit gifts for my nieces for their respective birthdays and include them in the packages (these particular nieces have their birthdays at Christmastime ... well, one of them has a birthday in November, but lives in Scotland, so I was waiting for her to be home so I didn't have to send the package internationally. Yeah, I'm cheap that way). I decided that I wanted to make something lightweight and lacy, which is interesting since most of the lace-related things I've made, or tried to make, did not end well. However, I set about the task with determination to make it work.
The first thing I knit was for my niece Amanda, and is the "Airy Scarf" from the book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I didn't have the Kidsilk Haze called for, but instead used Schulana Kid Seta, which is comparable. Yes, I started over a few times, and ripped back a few times, but it took me only two days of periodic knitting to finish. I was quite pleased with the result (please ignore the red fleece top I'm wearing in the picture - The Tim was home, and I wanted the picture taken when I could get it!).
Pleased and newly emboldened by my success, I decided that I would continue by knitting a cowl for my niece Julie. I tried a couple of different stitch patterns, but just didn't like the way they looked. I decided to see if I could adapt the pattern for Amanda's scarf, and knit it in the round, thus resulting in a cowl. (Why I was suddenly so brave, I cannot say ...) So I cast on and started knitting - and really liked the result! OK, so it's not like I created an original pattern all by myself, but this is the first time I've used a pattern for one thing to make something else, so it was a big step for me. (I'm planning to write up what I did, in the event that anyone else wants to try it.)
Alas, The Tim was not available to take photos, so my loyal model Barnsie the Barnes & Noble bear stepped in for the photoshoot.
Barnsie, in spite of his willingness to help, does not have a swan-like neck, so this does not necessarily show the cowl in the best light, but you can get the idea.
The details on these projects are here and here. (Ravelry links; if you are not on Ravelry, you should really sign up. If you are not a knitter and for some reason want this info, I can e-mail it to you.)
The pictures for the other two projects are still in my camera, but I'll share them with you as soon as I can get them into the computer and edit them in Photoshop. Then of course, there will also be the "look what I knit last year" post, which I'm sure you are waiting to read ...
Thus endeth tonight's post, complete with lovely photos. Now I'm off to take Doughboy for a walk, and then come in and warm up!