We had our knitting group Holiday Party in January 2010 so that we could relax and have fun. Just like last year, we exchanged our Secret Santa gifts after the holidays. We drew names in November of 2009 and had plenty of time to think about what we wanted to make.
I drew Jane's name. On the questionnaire that she filled out, she was not picky and was open to anything and any color. The only thing she specified was that she didn't like colors that pooled. She is a yarn dyer herself (I own a few skeins of her yarn) and is fabulous at it.I had bought one skein of Brooks Farm Acero in a gorgeous Red-Purple colorway at Rhinebeck 2009. I thought Jane would like it because the colors are deep and it didn't pool. I had this shawl pattern in mind when I bought the yarn. During one of our knitting meet ups, she mentioned that she had always wanted to knit that shawl. I was gleefully smiling on the inside that I was knitting something for her that she wanted.The yarn blocked out beautifully and had a wonderful drape. I did the full pattern repeats and it came out to be a nice shawlette size. Nothing too big. She was very happy when she opened her gift at the party.
Pattern: Multnomah by Kate Flagg (free pattern), see it on Ravelry.
Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Yarn: One skein of Brooks Farm Acero, 420 yards. I used 404 yards and had 16 yards left.
Size: 48 inches by 17 inches
At the holiday party, we also had a One Skein Swap. Everyone brought in a ball of yarn and put it into a bag. We drew numbers and got to pick out a yarn from the bag, sight unseen, only by touch. I got a ball of "Suri Dream". It's super soft and light.
The next day, I pulled out my copy of One More Skein and looked for a pattern. I have been wanting a pair of light and soft fingerless mitts, so I cast on for the Fingerless Gloves. They are knit flat and folded in half. The thumb hole is created by seaming from the bottom and from the top to where your thumb is. These took me only ONE DAY to make! It was instant gratification.
Pattern: Fingerless Gloves by Leigh Radford from the book, One More Skein.
Needle: US 7 / 4.5 mm
Yarn: 1 skein of Knit Picks "Suri Dream", in the color: Woodlands. I used 62 yards.
Mods: I knit mine 7 inches long because my yarn is bulkier.