Gift Knitting

I am a humongous selfish knitter. There I said it and I am not ashamed! I like knitting for myself, there is just something about spending that much money and putting that much time into something that I just hate to give it away. Now don’t get me wrong, I really do love making knitted gifts for my family, especially now since they seem to appreciate it more, but there still nothing like knowing the thing you are working for is staying with you.

This project however is not staying with me though (you might have figured that out with the title),  it is going to a family friend. My friend Barb who is basically like an Aunt to me admires my knit wear, and it just so happens that her daughter do too! You might remember this past Christmas when I talked about a family friend that hired me to make four shawls for her four daughters, that’s Barb (by the way her daughters love the shawls). Well this time Barb asked me to make a cardigan that would be a Birthday gift for her daughter (happily only one daughter this time), and as usual I said yes. She had already decided that she wanted to have me make the Grace because her daughter saw me wearing it and really liked it. Then after much discussion and pining over colors we decided that I was going to make it in tosh light colorway antique lace.  So here it is!

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Luckily her daughter is around the same size as me, just shorter, so I was able to try it on as I went.

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I have already made myself a Grace cardigan so I knew what to expect so it made it a truly easy project. This time though I decided that once I separated the sleeves from the body I would  knit the sleeves just to get them out of the way. I really liked getting the sleeves out of the way, plus it was super nice to not have the weight of the sweater weighing you down when you work on the sleeves.

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I did reinforce the button band like I did for the first grace I made. It still has some kinks to be worked out, but the process was much smoother this time around.

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Overall it was a great knit and once I was finished I was kind of sad to see it go because of all the hard work I put into it and well the color is just lovely. But then I told myself that I am knitting the hitofude in that exact color and I already have a grace in a neutral which made parting with it easier.

Pattern: Grace

Designer: Jane Richmond

Project page: here

Yarn: Tosh merino light

Colorway: Antique lace

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Best Mail Day Ever!

So I don’t think any day of receiving mail can top this mail day. Just recently I made a large Webs order (I probably shouldn’t have, but well I couldn’t resist) and I received that in the mail, plus I got my package from my secret Santa. The Northbound knitting group on ravelry held a secret Santa  gift swap and I could resist, I just had to participate and boy am I glad I did!

Well here is a picture of the semi unopened packages. I was so excited I almost forgot to take a pre-opening picture.

Well here is a picture of the semi unopened packages. I was so excited I almost forgot to take a pre-opening picture.

Here is a shot from afar of all of my presents.

Here is a shot from afar of all of my presents.

Here is a close up of the snow-globe card thing. Which is super cute!

Here is a close up of the snow-globe card thing. Which is super cute!

Here is a close up of the shawl she knit for me (she also spun the yarn herself). The pattern is mariposa.

Here is a close up of the shawl she knit for me (she also spun the yarn herself). The pattern is mariposa.

A shot of me wearing it!

A shot of me wearing it!

The button pins she got me! I love these things!

The button pins she got me! I love these things!

Stitch markers of all colors and sizes!

Stitch markers of all colors and sizes!

So and some buttons!

Soak and some buttons!

Tea, a project bag, and penguin decoration.

Tea, a project bag, and penguin decoration.

And two skeins of yarn. One hand-spun (spun by her) and then Northbound Knitting's merino silk absinthe color way. The hand-spun is also Northbound knits and it is Shetland colorway force zen.

And two skeins of yarn. One hand-spun (spun by her) and then Northbound Knitting’s merino silk absinthe color way. The hand-spun is also Northbound knits and it is Shetland colorway force zen.

And here is my not necessary, but totally wanted yarn order. Which is very drool worthy in its own rights, but the secret Santa gifts were meaningful and amazing and picked out totally for me which makes me love it so much more. My partner totally spoiled me!

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Madelinetosh colorway composition book grey destine to be the light trails sweater.

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Madelinetosh colorway antique lace will become hitofude. And yes it takes a little more than two balls which I have over half a ball left from a shawl test knit that you haven’t seen which will be contributed to the sweater.

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Madelinetosh colorway opaline which is destined to be the wheaten scarf.

And this is cascade eco+ colorway burgundy which is destined to be the Little Wave cardigan.

And this is cascade eco+ colorway burgundy which is destined to be the Little Wave cardigan.

 

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This valley yarns Sheffield teal and camel are destined to become the Eastwood Cardigan.

And here is a picture of my overall haul from the mail today. Needless to say I was elated because of seeing all of my goodies especially from my secret Santa!