Knitting Christmas gifts like mad . . .

Noro scarf and Fiber Organik hat

I completed all these this week (yes, I’m knitting round the clock!) This hat and scarf set is a perfect men’ gift – both patterns are from the book Closely Knit, the scarf is in Noro Silk Garden (3 skeins, color #47) and the hat is in The Fibre Company Organik (two skeins, color chocolate brown).

Shibui pillows

The pillows are knit from a local yarn, ShibuiKnits Merino Kid (wool and mohair blend) in colors pagoda and seaweed – the pattern (Cable & Twist pillows in Interweave’s Knitted Gifts book) called for bulky yarn, so I knit with double strands. The cables and the twists weren’t too difficult, but just interesting enough to get me through knitting a 32-inch rectangle.

Rowan Purelife gloves

The gloves are knit in a wonderful yarn, Rowan Purelife (color bluefaced liecester marl), made from 100% undyed British wool. The pattern is out of the book One Skein, but because I used a different yarn than the pattern recommends, it took two skeins instead of one to do the size medium gloves (unfortunately, I barely got started on the second skein – now I need another project to use up the leftovers . . .)

Ozark Handspun scarf

This scarf is double stranded Ozark Handspun Opulent – this color is Polar Wind. It’s knitted on US 36 needles (like knitting with tree trunks!) It’s a great last-minute project because it knits up in about an hour. The pattern can be adapted to any bulky yarn, and it’s available for free on Purl Bee’s website.

Jade Sapphire hat 1Jade Sapphire hat 2









I just finished this hat – one of my favorite projects (probably because it’s knit with six-ply cashmere yarn, which is about as luxurious as you can get). It takes two skeins (really one and a half) so it’s not a cheap project, but well worth it because of how wonderful it looks and feels. The dimple pattern gives it depth and texture (although it’s a little hard on the fingers because of the twisting and turning in the pattern). This yarn is Jade Sapphire zageo 6 ply cashmere, color twilight, and the pattern is available for free on Purl Bee’s website.


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