Christmas knitting has begun

I have a decent-sized list of things that I’ll be knitting for Christmas gifts this year. I don’t think my family really checks this site, but just in case, I’ll be vague in the cases where I think I may need to be…

  • something for my sister-in-law (done)
  • a shawl for my aunt (done; see below)
  • a shawl for my grandma (have yarn and pattern)
  • a shawl for my mom’s cousin (working on it)
  • something for my mom (underway…just over halfway done)
  • something for my brother (have a few patterns picked out)
  • Dorothy Day Shawl for Dalice (have the yarn)

Not a ton, but definitely enough to keep me pretty busy. I’m glad I have two things done already. Speaking of which…

Sea Leaves Shawl

Pattern: Sea Leaves by Sue Schreuder (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: ~584 yds The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos in Phaedo
Needles: US 6
Started: September 22, 2013
Finished: October 6, 2013

This pattern was pretty straightforward. I think the incr3 on each edge made for a bit of a tight top edge for me. There’s also a bit of wonkiness in the plain section, but I wonder if that’s because I went with the stockinette instead of the garter. Hmm… The only other change I made was to repeat the leaf lace pattern three times instead of two. I did end up using about 40 percent (~164 yds) of a second skein in order to make it larger, just FYI. I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind-Off as recommended.

Blocking

As for the yarn, Eidos really isn’t my favorite. It’s pretty tightly spun, which would probably be great for socks, but it feels rough on my hands. Not a ton of fun to knit with. I also used it to make my Trillian (Ravelry), and it’s just not my favorite thing. I do have one more skein (in a rather fantastic bright green-y yellow), but probably wouldn’t get any more.

I know these pictures aren’t the greatest, but it’s getting to be that time of year. Maybe I’ll wait for the weekend for my next FOs.

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