Thursday, December 10, 2009

For the birthday twin

Finished in time before he retires by the end of the month. He'll get it next week though as I forgot to bring it in today.

(sorry for the slight blurriness - still working out my relationship w/my new camera)

pattern: Rowan 34 Morris
size: XL
yarn: Knit Picks Swish Bulky in Squirrel Heather
needles: KP nickel-plated circs in size 10 & 10.5
mods: added side pockets

I like the yarn and this classic colorway, but I'll be happy to not see it in a good long while. I was definitely burnt out by the end. Also, not too thrilled with the pockets I threw in on the fly. But then, I should've planned the pockets out better & earlier.

Birthday brother bought the yarn, picked out the pattern and the pattern size, so I hope he's happy with it. I had to fight my own aesthetic with the sizing. He wanted large & roomy, but I kept thinking "OMG, I'm making it too big." Also, it was amusing to watch a Muggle's reaction to the price of decent yarn, especially if we're going for machine-washeable.

And since I had 1 skein leftover, I figured I might as well make him a coordinating hat. The cabling on the Chunky Dean St hat pattern has a similar look to the mini-ones embedded in the big cable pattern of the cardigan.

Chunky Dean Street hat - really quick enjoyable pattern on Ravelry
size 9 & 10 KP circs
pattern size medium - did not make his hat as roomy as the cardie

So now that the big project is done, I'm off to make a few holiday gifts. First up is Monkey1's teacher's hat. She's a big Harry Potter fan and dressed up as a Hogwarts student on Halloween, so I thought that the Hermione hat in sparkly yarn would be fitting for her.

Hermione's Cable & Eyelet Hat
Lion Brand Wool Ease in White/Multi - we like the sparkle
size 7 KP circs
"adult" size

Monkey1 gets to wrap this up as soon as I fix a bad weaving job on the brim when I encountered a knot in the yarn.


Zonda said...

Awesome sweater!! Nice hats too!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

That is birthday twin love to knit him a sweater! Wow!

...I'm off to go figure out how to move my birthday for next year.... hehehe (I think I may even have yarn?!!)....hehehehe

dianne said...

Love the sweater, it's very classic! The Hermione hat is a great idea for a teacher gift and so pretty with the bit of sparkle!

tapmouse said...

Ah, so prolific you are and inspiring! I've been wanting to knit another beret, too! Wish I didn't have my other 'committed' stuff to do!

Batty said...

Wow, a sweater! What a lucky birthday twin! You really are a human knitting machine.

Oh, and I've decided that my unofficial birthday is going to coincide with yours from now on. ; )