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I want this to be a post about my latest creation, an absolutely stunning shawl designed by my girlfriend Laura, but I’ve been sick the last few days and haven’t even felt up to photographing it. However, I do have FO’s to share from December.

Greenery Hats

Pattern: Greenery Hat by Lilith Parker

Source: PDF or Ravelry

Yarn: Classic Elite Waterspun; Blue Spruce; Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; 816 Grey & 819 Brown; Needles: 4.0 mm / US 6

I liked this hat pattern so much, I made 3 of them and kept one for myself. The hat knit up quickly and easily and all the hats seemed to fit quite well. I love the color of the Classic Elite yarn. Although the yarn is discontinued, I really quite liked it. You can’t tell in the photos, but it had a felted quality about it.

Chevalier Mittens

Pattern: Chevalier Mittens by Tikru

Source: MadeByMyself and Ravelry

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; 816 Grey; Needles: 4.5 mm/ US 7

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash; 819 Brown; Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5

Yarn: Classic Elite Waterspun; Blue Spruce; Needles: 3.75 mm / US 5

Grey Mitten Modifications: I omitted rows 75 – 78 and modified the top decrease section as explained by Storm Moon Knits.

Brown & Blue Mitten Modifications: I omitted rows 29-32 and 75-78 and modified the top decrease section as explained by Storm Moon Knits.

Unfortunately they all ended up being too long even with omitting the rows and going down a needle size. The worst part though was that I lost one of the grey ones on my drive home from Idaho back to California. I swear, somedays it’s a good thing my head is attached.

The brown gloves and hat went to my middle sister for her December birthday. She had originally requested fingerless gloves with mitten tops, but after attempting to knit those twice, I gave up. When I saw the Chevalier Mitten pattern, I hoped the cable design would help her forget her original request. She called me just a few days ago and asked for more gloves and hats. Obviously she likes them.

Sisters in handknits

The blue/green gloves and hat went to my sister 14 months younger than I for her September birthday. I know, I was a teensy bit late. I don’t know if she uses them or not since she hasn’t spoken to me since the fiasco at my mom’s house 6 weeks ago. Had I know she was going to say such hurtful things to me two days after I gave them to her, I would have kept them. I’ve always had a policy to only knit for those that would appreciate the love & care I put into a hand knit item. Unfortunately I don’t think she understands that. What’s that saying, “once bitten, twice shy?”

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Happy Birthday baby sister (who’s not quite a “baby” anymore). Not only is she one of my sisters, but even if she weren’t, I would like to think that we still would be close friends.
My sister is a very talented artist and a delicious baker, so last year she combined the two and started making one-of-a-kind cakes. I’m always amazed at the fantastic confections she creates and I hope that someday I’ll be lucky enough to be the recipient of one of her cakes.
Last year on her birthday I let her choose one of four fabulous gifts, but this year I figured it out all by myself. Since her favorite color is green, and since I know she doesn’t have any for herself, I decided to treat her to some hand knit socks. Unfortunately, they didn’t get complete in time to make it in her mailbox for today, but they are going in the mail on Monday (along with the delayed socks I knit for her daughter’s December birthday). Do we see a horrible trend here or what?
A Twinkle in the Congo

Pattern: Twinkle Toes by Cookie A.
Yarn: Cider Moon Glacier in Congo
Needles: 3.5mm (US 4) 24″ KnitPicks circulars
Pattern Notes: This is definitely a great pattern to try if you are intimidated by other patterns written by here. Since it’s knit with DK weight yarn, it knits up fairly quickly, but still introduces you to Cookie’s fabulous design work. I knit these two at a time on 2 circular needles, and cast on using Judy’s magic cast-on (of course). I knit 5 pattern repeats before starting the instep increases, but I should have only knit 4. In the heel section, I used the yarn over method that Cookie demonstrated on the Knitty Gritty episode instead of wrapping the stitches as written in the directions. I knit 6 pattern repeats on the leg which makes them a bit long, but hopefully she prefers a longer leg like I do. I used the sewn cast-off for the very first time and I’m wondering why I never tried it before. Brilliant.
Yarn Notes: It’s super soft, squishy, the color variation is beautiful, and it smells great. The downside is that in Sept 2007, the Cider Moon blog said that due to a legal matter, they’ve stopped doing business. It’s such a shame because I’m not one to typically purchase DK weight yarn, but I really think this is one I’d purchase again. Hopefully whatever the issue is, it will be resolved soon.

Final Thoughts: While I’m pleased overall with how these turned out, I’m afraid they may be a tad too big for her. Then again, she could just wear them around the house as big slouchy socks, right?

Thanks to all of you for your comments on my last post. I’m still trying to sort through all the emails and read each of your blogs, so bear with me while I try to catch up this week.

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I’m a bit upset with KnitPicks. Of course I tell you last time that I’m happy with their customer service, but then they go and screw up all that goodness. I decided to purchase some circular needles for my little sister so she can knit up some socks. Currently she only has size 2 needles which won’t work for the sock yarn she has in her stash. At 11:00 pm PST I placed the order with KnitPicks. At 11:02 pm PST I realized that I ordered the 16″ cables instead of the 24″ cables. DUH! Of course, they are closed. The next morning at 9am PST (only 10 hours later) I called KnitPicks to have the order corrected.

KP: Sorry, but we can’t change your order.
Me: Why? I just placed it last night. It’s for the same size needles, but just a different cable length and it’s the same exact price.
KP: Because the order is already in the warehouse.
Me: Can’t you send the warehouse a change order?
KP: We don’t do that, but you do have two options. You can wait until you receive the needles & then mail them back to us for the exchange, or you can place another order now for the new needles & then when you receive the incorrect needles you can mail them back to us.
Me: Can I just cancel the original order?
KP: No, because it’s already being processed in our warehouse.

Now people, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it normally take KnitPicks FOREVER to process an order? For heaven sakes, I just checked online and I placed the original order on February 15th & the status still shows pending. They couldn’t have cancelled the order? I think it’s just poor warehouse management in my opinion. I’ve worked in the warehouse and distribution industry in the past and at each of the companies I worked for there was an order cancellation and order change policy within the first 24 hours of the order being placed. Am I being unreasonable?

In other actual knitting news, the Forbes Forest scarf and We Call Them Pirates hat are both finally blocking, and my Pomatomus socks are now getting heels! I’m unsure how much further I’ll get on the Pomatomus since I leave for Stitches West on Thursday & I’ve got a lot to do before I leave. Thankfully there will be FO’s to post with details as soon as the scarf & hat dry … assuming they will dry since we’re having rainy weather (which I love since it reminds me of Seattle).

And now completely off subject, my little sister made me cry yesterday morning with this beautiful post she wrote about me. I feel like the luckiest big sister in the world!

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