Vicki Mikulak of Simple Knits is offering members of The Yahoo group Holiday Mystery Gifts four afghan squares per month throughout the year. My version is being knit with a double strand of off-white sock yarn since I still have two 3-lb.cones bought from WBS several years ago. So here are photos of the January squares:
Waves (Now that I look at the finished square, it sure looks I missed something in the directions. Oh well,this will make it uniquely mine.)
The first two pairs of socks for the year 2012 are done. One pair for me and one pair for the orphanages in Kazakhstan. To keep me motivated, I have joined a Ravelry group called "12 socken projekt" (12 pairs of socks project). A free pattern will be offered each month, along with links to other free sock patterns if you don't like the one offered. Here is a link to the blog and the link to the Ravelry group . This month's sock pattern is called "chicken ladder." It's an easy pattern and even if you do not understand German, the chart should be easy to follow since the chart represents 15 stitches, i.e. one needle of 4 DPNs. I used Alpaca with a Twist Socrates (30% Merino, 30% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 20% Bamboo). I used 1.75 mm DPNs since the yarn is just a tad thicker than regular sock yarn and the pattern is a lace pattern. I have narrow feet and want my socks to stay up. It's a wonderfully soft yarn with the Bamboo giving it shine and the Alpaca giving it warmth. I am not so sure how well it will wear since, as far as I am concerned, the yarn doesn't have enough twist. It won't matter in my case since I never were shoes with closed heels and rarely closed toes, even in Winter. Birkenstocks all the way.
Please excuse the wrinkled sheet, but this was the only spot with enough light. There is too much snow outside to find a suitable spot for a photograph.
The second pair was actually started in December, but didn't get finished until January. The socks are knit with a very old ball of Opal sock yarn. The color is rust. The socks were knit with 2.25 mm DPNs. The pattern is called Basketcase and can be found here on Ravelry. These socks are for the two orphanages in Kazakhstan that are supported by the Motherless Child Foundation. It's never too early to get started. If you are interested in knitting sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves or socks for an appreciative crowd of kids, you may want to check out our group of knitters.
At the request of my son, I wound up the year with a scarf and a pair of men's socks. He has just moved to Washington State and wanted to gift friends with some of mother's hand-knit goodies.
The socks are knit with worsted weight Cascade super wash in a k3, p1 pattern with every other row knit in stockinette.
The second project was a scarf, "just like you knit for me." Of course, I had no idea what pattern I had used and had forgotten to record it on Ravelry. The yarn for my son's scarf had come from a now closed yarn shop's basement via a dead friend. I remember her saying that it was a French yarn. So tooling around Ravelry I found this scarf.
I used just under 3 balls of JoJoland Melody, fingering weight yarn. I was a little disappointed with the yarn: too many knots and no discernible pattern repeat in the coloring of the yarn. But I think it turned out fine. Now I just have to make it out of the snowy driveway and mail the goodies.
And just for good measure, here is a photo of my son's scarf.
A retired psychologist living in North Western Michigan. I was born in Calw, Baden Wuerttemberg and lived in Bad Teinach for a while. I've also lived in Zweibruecken, Germany, southern and northern England and in the US in California, Ohio and finally ended up in Michigan.