Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Festive Baking and Knitting

So, where did most of December go? I seem to have been permanently at work or cleaning. Somewhere in between, I have managed to bake four Dundee cakes, to give as gifts, and knit. I made this neck warmer in aranweight Merino, for my Mother. The second one is in a graduated dye Merino. The pattern is called Ellen, from Pneumafox.blogspot.com (Thank you, celtic memory).Very easy, I made each one in a couple of evenings. Can't remember where I got the yarns, though. Stash. Buttons from Hayes Wools.
As you see, I finished the Red Beret for Jen. Again, it only took a couple of evenings. You can see the lovely Gothic Arches pattern more clearly in the second beret, which is in pure wool, colour crocus, from Coldharbour Mill. This one is for Sarah, a goddaughter. The pattern is Spring Beret by Natalie Larson (strandsofme.blogspot).
And the last hat is one I made up as I went along. It is for a dear three year old, who has taken a fancy to Lamb-like things. The yarn is 90% wool, and is an amazing £1 per 50gram ball. (special purchase at Hayes wools).It is called Loop the Loop.
60 stitches on 6mm needles, garter stitch for six rows. Change to 7mm needles, garter stitch to required length (appx six inches.) Cast off. Sew sides together (to make a tube) then sew across the top, with side seam at centre back.
Turn the bottom inch or so up, to make a cuff, if you wish.
I think I really have finished my festive knitting, now.

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