Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008!

Happy New Year Bloggy Peeps! 

What better way for me to say goodbye to 2007 than to finish out the year by sharing with you the last of my 2007 FO’s as the year winds down?  I was a busy little stitcher this Christmas, really pushing the limits of timeliness (1 of my Christmas knits is yet to be finished and I have 3 “special orders” that the recipients are still patiently awaiting….. No rest for the weary!).  But I admit, the heightened productivity in these parts has been greatly refreshing and rewarding and though I’m looking forward to a book binge as soon as the special orders are finished, I’m also looking foward to many many more FO’s too!

So, without further ado, here’s the last of my 2007 FO’s for your scrolling pleasure…..

 

Frosty Falling Leaves Scarf

frosty back a

 

frosty front a

 

Pattern:  Valley Yarns Falling Leaves Scarf/Shawl

Yarn: Valley Yarns Stockbridge in Natural – 2 skeins and a few yards

Needles:  Size 7 bamboo; gauge unnecessary

Comments:  Worked the called for number of rows in pattern, but if I’d chosen to do 34 repeats instead of the 36 I would probably have been able to get away with using only 2 skeins of yarn.  This pattern is incredibly easy and produces a really lovely lace scarf.  I made 6 or more for gifts last year and one more this year.  One of these days I should make one for myself!  Also, I got to test out my Knitter’s Block  (that I mentioned in this post) on this scarf.  Sooooooo cool!  You totally need one if you haven’t gotten one yet.  Made blocking this monster so much easier!

 

Blocking Frosty with my Knitter’s block

 

frosty blocking a

 

frosty block detail a

 

 

More Fetching Mitts!

pink fetching flowers a

 

Pattern:  Fetching from Knitty –  Summer 2006 

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere in Lt. Pink & Red  – approximately 2.25 skeins per pair (though yardage varied widely)

Needles:  Size 6 metal dpn’s ; gauge not noted 

Comments:  What can I say?  This pattern is one of the quickest and easiest ever and everyone I’ve made them for seems to love them.  A great quick gift when you need one and, in cashmere, even better!

 

red fetching 1a

 

red fetching 2a

(sorry for copying you Kasia, but your drinking photo was just too cute!)

 

IK Little Green Clutch a.k.a. Black “Disco Bag”

 

black ik clutch finished 1a

 

Pattern:  Little Green Clutch from IK Holiday 2007 (p. 38)

Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights in Black, 1 skein

Needles:  Size 10.5 straight bamboo needles & size 5 – 16″ circs ; gauge not noted 

Other supplies:  7″ zipper & lining fabric

Comments:  The knitting on this project was very simple and though I did have to refer to the pattern often for the herringbone stitch (which really can’t be seen in its full glory when knitted in black) it went fairly quickly.  The major source of anxiety and difficulty was actually putting in the zipper and lining.  I really didn’t see how this could be done in any way other than handsewing, which I am pretty good at, but which takes a lot of time (especially when it is Christmas Eve and you need it finished and wrapped by 12:30 the next day!).  But overall, I think it turned out rather nicely and I actually ended up giving it to my MIL rather than my FIL’s girlfriend after all the work involved.  I knew my MIL would not have as many occasions to use it but would appreciate 100 times more, the effort that went into it.  I would maybe make another one someday, but not on a deadline! 

 

Whew!
If you made it this far, you must really love knitting!!

It’s been nice to have my little blogging break, but I have certainly missed all of you so I’m glad to be starting a new year tomorrow!  Hope all of your holidays were merry and bright and that the coming New Year brings you all the most wonderful of things!

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008!

  1. Beautiful knits, Knittymuggins! And I love the photo with the flowers! Great gifts (except too bad the pink Fetching mitts are not for you! They’re especially cute with your brown jacket :)

  2. You are so talented!!! I admire people that can do things like that! Photography is easy compared to knitting! Love your gently falling snow :-)

    Happy New Year, I hope you and yours had a great evening!

  3. Everything looks great! The pink mitts turned out adorable and I love the falling snow… you might have to share how you did that.

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