Yes, yes..there has been some knitting going on. The summer here has been brutal, although not as brutal as in other parts of the country. After all, we're geared for hot weather. The temperatures have been in the 90's with high humidity and this makes for knitting small items in lightweight yarns.
My projects have been geared towards gift giving with several birthdays in mind.I love the idea of being able to make something special for a friend. I am always surprised when I'm told by the recipient that this is their first hand knitted item.
Here is my laundry list of gifts so far.
Pom Pom Peds are on the top of my gift giving list. They encompass stash busting, they arequickly completed, suit almost anyone from teen to senior. The pattern is very easy to memorize once a couple of pair have been made. I completed these out of leftover Socks That Rock and gave them to my good knitting buddy, Rene'e, who claims that as a nurse, socks are one of the few clothing items she can wear and express her individuality
Although hats aren't necessarily the "must have" accessory in Florida, every man should have a hat to pack on trips north. Although, it did get pretty cold last winter and maybe I sohould make a few for the upcoming season.
I traded some Meilenweit sock yarn from the Dizzy Spin Off BOK…(watch the website daily if you're curious). Two skeins of Classic Elite Lush resulted in the Brioche Stitch Hat. This was my first brioche adventure and I cast on and ripped seven times. Each try resulted in holes in the fabrics, not the lovely rib that was present in all the pictures that I viewed. I finally gave in and watched a youtube video that explained every step including the caston in detail. Finally, success.
Sundara's yarn, always in demand, was something that I bought and stored because it seemed too precious to knit with. What if I failed and had to rip up the project, ruining this expensive yarn? Coming to my senses, I caved and knit a scarf that I've long admired, Saroyan. This is a great pattern and can be customized to suit any desired length or width. My goal was to use just one skein of the Silky Aran Merino. The result is a generous scarf that can be wrapped or pinned. I have two skeins left over and want to try a larger version for myself using beads in the leaf stems.
So, there is the gift roundup for the month. I am currently knitting another gift hat and challenging my self to complete my WIPS during the month of August.