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Wristlets and hat--a Thanksgiving present

My family has decided not to exchange Christmas gifts this year, it lowers stress and credit card bills and instead we'll all go for a hike and have a great meal together on Christmas day.

Well, that doesn't stop me from knitting. Since my Mom taught me, I think she deserves a little something from time to time so I'm going to give this set to her this weekend.

The yarn is Swish DK in Hollyberry and Egglant.

It is the first time I've worked with Swish and I really, really loved it. It's just so soft. I can see why people use it for baby blankets. I'm looking forward to trying something with Swish bulky soon.

The hat is just a basic 2 x 2 ribbed hat, I cast on 88 stitches and decreased after 6 inches.

The fingerless gloves are from here:

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Comment by Bren on March 19, 2009 at 1:02pm
Are the mittens that hard to knit? I have a daughter that would love something like that. Well I have three daughters that wouldn't mind haveing them. I just might have a fight over them.... They aren't hard are they? Bren
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 6, 2008 at 6:45pm
I plan in working on the pics in the next day or two. Started my last mitten today, but had lots of house work and errands, etc. Work all week, and only have Saturday and Sunday to get it all done.

I got the idea back in the spring when I decided to retire this year. I've knitted gifts for each of the ladies that I work with. Right now about 21 projects. I had lots of "stash" and started planning from there. This is the first time I've ever attempted anything this extensive.

Some of the gifts are based on the receivers ideas. I was knitting a sweater for my husband, and one of my co-workers said it would make a nice cap/scarf combo. I knitted one for her in her choice of collegiate colors.

The only person I didn't knit for is one of my dearest friends. She has been knitting for years, and is nearly professional. I wouldn't insult her with one of my modest gifts. I did buy the Cool Alpaca Samplier for her and will give her a chance to do some of her own knittins.

Thanks for the message, and Happy Holidays to you, too!
Comment by crochetqueen on December 6, 2008 at 4:12pm
Hi Susan. I'm looking forward to seeing all the pictures of your finished projects. I'm sure everyone you knitted for will be very pleased and happy with the items you made for them. Hope you give your hands a chance to rest after all the knitting you say you've been doing. How early did you start your Christmas knitting? Do you start the same time every year if you decide to knit all your gifts? Sounds like a monumental undertaking, yet worth it when you see the expressions on the faces of the receipients. :-) Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 1, 2008 at 4:09pm
I did the whole mitten. When I started the first one, I thought I would need to use two strands at once, but quickly realized that would not work at all. Pulled the stitches our and began again with one strand of Suri Dream hand died (Rose Quartz), making strips along the length of the mitten using a Suri Dream in fog or smoke of something grey looking. They are so light, so soft, and so, so warm. I did both mittens and barely used any yarn at all. I keep promising to post pics, but I've been knitting non-stop for several months now, and hope to finish all my Christmas knitting this week. Hopefully by next weekend I can start posting all my fnished projects. I'll probably do them in groups of like items. I'll update my blog, too so you will be able to find them.
Comment by MarciH on December 1, 2008 at 10:38am
I used size 5 needles for both. The glove pattern link is listed above. For the hat pattern, I used this:
Comment by MarciH on December 1, 2008 at 10:35am
Susan, when you say you did mittens out of Suri Dream, did you do the whole mitten out of suri dream or just the stripe? I like that idea.
Comment by crochetqueen on November 29, 2008 at 7:35am
Hi Marci. I think this set is very nice. It looks warm and comfortable. What size needles did you use to make it? Was this a pattern you worked from or is your own design? Either way, it's still a nice set. I'm sure your Mom appreciated it. I know I would have if it was made for me. Happy knitting.

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 28, 2008 at 6:33pm
Very pretty. I'm sure your mom will love these. Sure wish my Mom had known how to knit. I was 53 before I finally taught myself - and she passed away this year. I crocheted her several nice afghans and things like that, but knitting is different.

I checked out the pattern, and it is nice, but I prefer a "mitten" without the gussett. Finally found two patterns, which together make one good one, and I've made several pair of mittens and fingerless gloves using the no gusset approach.

I made several hats for Christmas with the 4x4 instead of the 2x2, and they have turned out nice. I too, used two colors instead of one, and they are very nice. I used Telemark for my hats, and I think they are warm, soft, and will really last. Telemark is one tough yarn.

I also made a pair of mittens for my daugher in law using two tone Suri Dream in a stripe. Turned out very nice. I plan to make one more paid using the Suri Dream - as fuzzy and "mohair" like as this yarn is ... it is so, so soft. A pleasure to touch the skin.

Comment by alg35536 on November 27, 2008 at 7:45am
What a great set. How much would you have to change the gloves in order for them to fit a man?

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