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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Scold

Well I haven’t wrote anything lately, but it is because I haven’t had much to say. I have been finishing up some of those sad WIP’s that have made it into the new year and I have begun some new things too! Probably the biggest reason I haven’t posted is because we have been having rather miserable weather so I haven’t had an opportunity to take really good finished object pictures. I have had the chance to get one done though.

This was another test knit, this time for Lisa Mutch.

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Pattern: Scold

Project Page: here

Yarn: Madelinetosh Merino Light

Colorways: Starting from the top triangle: antique lace, heuchera, and the bottom is vanilla bean

I really like this shawl, it has just enough garter for a somewhat mindless knit, but at the same time has just enough lace to keep it interesting. I have worn this shawl so much since I finished it. The pattern was super easy to read and follow and would totally suggest it to anyone. I could see myself making another one as a gift or maybe even for myself.

The yarn was to die for, I love the feel of it. I also love how well the colors go together, the vanilla bean has just a bit of periwinkle in it that just matched one of the shades of purple in the heuchera and then the brown and in the vanilla bean and the white of the antique lace really acts as a nice relief to the purples. I just love it!

Also I don’t know why but I have a major thing for single ply and when I saw that this shawl was done in a single ply yarn I couldn’t help but get excited. Granted Lisa used her own single ply yarn from her shop Northboundknitting, which is equally as nice as madelinetosh (I do own a skein of Lisa’s single ply), but I didn’t have the time/missed the update to have the option of getting her yarn for this project.