Birthday Knitting

Alice | Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Print | US 6 [4.0 mm] | 2 March 2010

Dead simple pattern, finished in a day, for a friend, for her niece for her birthday.


I’ve been physically tired by the time evening rolls around, and my brain power isn’t much higher either.

This sweater, which I’ve knit before, is my evening knitting. I have much Love for Elizabeth Zimmerman.

I’m knitting the amoeba-like manta ray sweater thingity [aka BSJ]. My cousin is expecting at the end of December, and I wanted to knit something for her little one. There is enough stitch counting to keep me awake, but it’s all garter, so no thought involved there. I’m so glad I have this as my moving knitting.

There has NaKniSweMo action in my house. It’s slow, and I know I’m not going to finish anything this month, but NaKniSweMo has been the motivator I’ve needed to get cracking.

I have actually been knitting on my dad’s sweater. There’s proof! I’ve knit about 1 1/2 inches of the pattern part, and I’m pleased with how it’s turning out. Each row takes about 10- 15 minutes to knit, so I’ve been saving it for knit night when I have a block of knitting time. I plan on taking this with me when I go down to see my parents for Thanksgiving; hopefully I’ll have more done so Dad can get more of an idea of how it’s going to look. I’m tempted to start the sleeves, but I want to see how far I can get in the patterned part with one ball, just for kicks.

Silken Smoke Cowl | Sandnes Garn Alpakka | US 4 [3.5mm]

I knit this for my friend Elle for her birthday. We’re almost birthday twins, and she always loves and wears the knitted stuff I send her. Last year it was a hat and gloves set, this year, a cowl. I really enjoyed knitting this, and have enough left over that I’m going to make myself a pair of stranded mittens. The only modification I made was that I knit the plain stockinette portion for 12 inches instead of 16. Ravelry says this pattern is no longer available, but when I got it a month ago, it was from the Elann website.

And, verily, I say unto you, let there be socks.

Not just any socks, but Birthday Socks.

Matt received his socks with great aplomb, then wore them for 48 hours straight before they were sacrificed succumbed to soap.

I’m really pleased with how they turned out, and can’t wait to start a pair for myself.

Pattern: Gentleman’s Fancy Socks for everything but the toes, which were glomped from Sake Socks.

Needles: [2] US 1 | 2.25 mm Addi Turbo Lace

Yarn: Elann Esprit solid, about 2 1/2 balls

Time: 26 March – 19 July 2009

Happy Birthday, Love.

My Mom had a birthday this month, and had asked for a tam. Actually, she’s been asking for a tam for quite some time, but I was never able to pin it down to exactly what she wanted.

The conversation went something like this:

“Well,” she said, as I was sitting on the phone with her.  “I want a tam. You know what I’m talking about? Black, with a pom pom on top. And beads!”

“Mama, why?” I replied, shaking my head. “Okay, beads and a pom pom. What size is your head?”

“The only ruler I have is straight.”

“Ok. Is wool all right?”

“Wool!” She exclaimed. “The word just makes me itch!”

The conversation then moved on to other bits, but we have the pertinent bits above.

Off the to the local yarn store, which had plenty of things I liked, but nothing that would work for the mum.

Off to the other local yarn store, where I used Matt’s amazing does this itch too much powers, and found yarn.

Later that evening, we have a birthday gift minus a pom, no beads. I put the pom on later that week [after procuring a pom maker. I have an absurd desire to make one of those pom rugs from my mom’s vintage 1970s knitting book. Matt threatened to burn it if I did.]

She loves it! Thought that I had bought it at first, because, instead of making my typical care card, I sent along the tag for the yarn attached with a safety pin. After explaining that yes, I did knit it myself, Mom was enchanted, and proceeded to tell me that the pom had been sacrificed to the cat. I’ve been told no replacement pom is needed.

Pattern: Moss Stitch Beret |Yarn: Aslan Trends Artesanal |Needles: US 3  & US 7

Happy Birthday, Mama!