Four Final FOs of 2008
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with peace and good cheer! M and I spent two weeks in Illinois and Wisconsin visiting family and friends. All our flights went smoothly with no delays, and we had a good time. We even got to experience quite a bit of snow in Wisconsin. Among many wonderful gifts, I received some knitting books, the Harlot’s 365-day calendar and a whole lot of yarn–my entire Webs wishlist in fact; but all that must wait for another post, as I must post about my final four 2008 FOs before any more of 2009 goes by. So without further ado…
Socks knit in Seacoast Merino/Tencel in the Baltic colorway:
I made up the pattern using a yarn-over “cable” and a beaded rib, which I deem so-so. I also made the heel flap a little short for my instep and the sock circumference a little small for me by accident. However, these will fit my MIL very well, I think, and they are colors she loves. Voila!–one pair of socks for Christmas 2009 done. The yarn and colors are superb.
But I did end up with hand knits for me! The grey tweed pullover has worked out very well. It’s roomy, but I got the sleeve length perfect, and I modified the rolled neck of the pattern to stockinette with purl ridges to better match the detailing on the sleeves and body. I’ve worn this sweater A LOT.
I also knit myself a hat with leftover yarn with the same rolled edge with purl ridges. I like this hat! I usually hate hats.
You can see the machinations I go through to photograph myself. Glare is not kind. But you can see my final FO–the Malabrigo cabled brioche scarf. Wow! So soft! So cushy! So warm! This might be my favorite hand knit so far. It was wonderful in Wisconsin. I didn’t block it as it looked good and was the perfect width for my short neck without blocking. I went beyond the neckwarmer I originally planned, and I was glad for the extra warmth. It’s about 42 inches long, as seen on the couch-o-meter:
Well, that’s it for 2008 FOs. 17 in all. A goodly number. Onward!
12 thoughts on “Four Final FOs of 2008”
I love your grey tweed pullover! It looks so nice *and* comfortable. Your socks and scarf are cool, too, but I *heart* the grey tweed.
Happy New Year, Brenda.
Happy New Year!
The sweater and scarf are GORGEOUS! Your socks are great, too – but I really, really like the sweater and scarf.
The pics are great, even with the glare. You look great in the sweater/hat set! Happy new year to you as well!
I adore your scarf – it looks so warm and wonderful! I think that the socks are great too. I’m impressed that you made up your own pattern and that it looks so professional. 17 projects in 2008 – what a great big number!
I am totally digging all of these FOs, particularly your sweater – it was a good knitting year for you!
A Christmas gift done for 2009?! You’re blowing my mind.
Happy New Year! I’m glad to see the couch-o-meter is getting some use 🙂
All of your FOs looks so warm and snuggly– perfect for Illinois and Wisconsin!
Happy New Year! That scarf looks absolutely delish. I bet it was perfect for that Wisconsin weather. 🙂
Brenda- I think you look fab in your hat and scarf. And that sweater is the perfect wearable- warm and goes with everything.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
Beautiful!!! And I just howl every time I see the couch-o-meter!!
What a fun idea…
It’s a challenge to photo ourselves, isn’t it? But you always do such a good job…
Hat, sweater, socks! And, oh, that scrummy scarf! You’ve done quite well, Brenda. Kudos on all your handknits and a happy and prosperous 2009.
Wow, great sweater/hat/scarf combo! The socks are lovely, hopefully the MIL will appreciate them. 🙂 17 FOs is pretty impressive.