Gift Knitting Through the Year

This year, I’ve decided not to put together a large-ish knitting list for Christmas – with many projects that need to have started in August if I was really going to accomplish them in time. Perhaps it is just a change of pace that I need, perhaps the fact that the people I love have received a whole bunch of knitted things from me, so that I am spending more time asking what they would like to receive, and tailoring things more.

Whatever the reason, I’ve spent a fair time this summer on knitted gifts for folks – and had fun doing it.

Marie’s Shell

I haven’t talked about this one for my cousin-like-a-sister – and luckily, this fit Marie well! It’s Morning Sky.

Unfortunately for me, I made one for myself that does not fit – it’s too big, and I’m working on losing a little weight, so it most definitely is a miss. I think I’m going to frog the whole thing and try either another shell or the same one on a size of different needle.

Jeff’s Retirement Socks

My good friend Jeff retired after almost 40 years in Christian ministry, and what else can a knitter give a guy like that except some amazing socks. He got the yarn and the pattern (Marpleridge by Kate Atherley) at his retirement party, and since he showed no inclination to knit them, I’ve done that for him:

Sheri’s Fingerless Mittens

There’s a new person on my knit worthy list – Sheri is my little cousin’s mother-in-law and a delightful, creative, strong woman. She keeps us entertained, and was totally there for the family in the middle of my cousin Dennis’ hard year with cancer.

For her birthday, she got to pick the accessory of her choice – and she chose fingerless mittens because she has a cold office. After giving her a few choices of patterns, she chose the ones that I had knit for my cousin – Beaded Fingerless Mitts from one of those “One Skein” books. Despite the name, I didn’t use beads on either pair. . Winter colors are her best choice, so I knit her a pair out of Madelinetosh’s Tosh Sock in the Tart colorway.  They’ve arrived and hopefully already being put to use!

Rachel’s Cowl

August birthdays always seem to sneak up on me. It was true for my brother while he was alive – August 1st, and apparently I still have trouble with Rachel’s on August 14th. But the good news for her is that I hadn’t knit for her in a while, so she requested a cowl because shawls are a pain to keep on.

The blue-greens are in her color wheelhouse, so I ordered up some Madelinetosh DK in the Translation color way, and knit a slightly larger Honey Cowl for her. If you knit this pattern, do check out the helix stripes modification, which hides the round changes nicely.  From a knitting point of view, this kinda felt like an endless knit, but the recipient loves it so it’s a knitting win!

How about you – what are your plans (or not) for holiday gift knitting?