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Socks and Mittens

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I’m finally uploading these pictures, which I took just after Christmas! I finished both these socks and fingerless mittens earlier in December, but I couldn’t share photos without risking the surprise. The socks were a gift for my dad, using one of my favourite sock patterns. The stitch pattern on the leg and top of the foot is simple enough to knit, but is quite striking when many repeats of the pattern are done in a row. The yarn I used was more of the cone yarn from Romni, in a green this time. I like this yarn but it’s quite thin for a fingering weight, so I will likely hold it double next time (I’ve still got some blue and green left).
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The gloves were a last-minute knit for my little brother, using Leslie‘s great pattern. I used some leftovers of Briggs and Little Regal from other projects, and wound up a new skein of the grey to do the contrast tops. I’m hoping these will be good for him to wear while waiting for the bus in the winter, so he can still use his phone. To size the gloves up a bit, I just used 5mm needles instead of 4.5mm, and heavier aran weight yarn instead of worsted, then knit as written.
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I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! If you have or will be marching for women’s rights, please enjoy and be safe! The Toronto march this afternoon was exciting and inspiring.

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Friendsmas

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It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, so I hope you have all had a lovely and festive December, and are enjoying a relaxing holiday in the last few days of 2016! I’ll post some pictures of all of our Christmas celebrations soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share pictures from our ‘friendsmas’. We had our annual Christmas party the weekend before Christmas, then a Christmas morning (complete with stockings, gifts, cinnamon rolls, and coffee), and a Christmas walk through the freshly fallen snow.

In preparation for Christmas morning, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, and I can now share pictures! I’m including all of the projects in this post, so use the Ravelry links if you’d like yarn or pattern details for any of these.

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Felted Slippers for L
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Socks for S
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Scarf for J
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Wilson Wrap for H
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Bon Echo Socks

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I started these socks on our annual family camping trip this summer, and set them aside to work on some other projects with about half a sock left to go. I finally picked them back up a few weeks ago and finished up the second sock. Now they’re ready to be added to the pile for Christmas (they are for D).

The yarn is Knit Picks Essentials, which I don’t believe is sold anymore (I got it from a Raveller in a destash last year). I just did the striping myself, because I only had one 50g ball of each colour. I used smaller needles than usual for these (US0, as recommended by a friend). I wasn’t sold when knitting them – the fabric seemed so dense! – but they did relax a bit in the wash and I’m pleased with them now. I’m torn about whether the extra time to knit on smaller needles will pay off in extra durability – what size needles do you prefer for socks?

(Rav link – thanks to JP for your help with these photos!)

P.S. The countdown to Rhinebeck is on, and I am so excited! Please let me know if you are going so we can try to meet up!

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Holiday-ing

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Happy new year! I can’t believe we’re already into the first week of 2016. I had a really lovely, although busy, Christmas with my family. I’m still on break until next Monday, so I’m cherishing the time I have off. I’ve been doing lots of knitting, some reading, crossword puzzles (a recent obsession), and working on some new designs- a shawl, and a hat.

I hope you are having a lovely start to 2016!

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Christmas Mittens.

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Now that Christmas has come and gone, I can finally share some of the secret knitting I’ve been doing over the past few months! First up are these simple mittens for my brother, striped using yarn leftover from a few other projects. The brown is Patons Decor (leftover from Ease and Graham), the Grey is Craftsmart Solids (leftover from Wurm and Honey Cowl), and the mottled beige is Patons Shetland Ragg KW, which has been in my stash for forever.
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Did you knit any gifts this Christmas?

Linking up with KCCO.

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Annual dishcloths.

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As long-time readers might remember, every year for Christmas, I make my grandmother a set of dishcloths. I realized last week that I hadn’t made this year’s set yet, so after a quick trip to the store, I sat down yesterday afternoon to get started. Christmas movies, PJs, tea, and the Christmas tree made 4 dishcloths quick work. Now I just need to wrap them and that’s one more thing checked off the list! Still lots of other knitting happening here, but lots I can’t share just yet.
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How is your Christmas knitting coming along?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

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Graham hat.

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I’ve finally finished my exams and final papers, so I can start sharing some of my Christmas knitting! First up is this hat I made for my friend L. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I shortened the ribbing by 1″ but added an extra inch of the broken rib pattern to make up the length. It feels a bit early for Christmas gifts but since L is going away with his family for the holidays, I wanted to make sure he got his gift before he left.
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Have you finished your Christmas knitting yet? Or are you like me, frantically knitting until Christmas eve?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Christmas cake.

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Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mum and I baked our Christmas fruitcake. The recipe is my grandmother’s and you’re supposed to bake it way ahead of when you want to eat it, and baste it with alcohol every week. Right before Christmas we’ll add a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing. It’s such a big cake that it takes 4-6 hours to bake, so we finished late into the evening. I always hear people complaining about fruitcake, but this one is really delicious. It’s always our first Christmas baking of the year and now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas… only a few more months! (Although I have a lot of knitting to do in that time!). If you’re also impatiently waiting for the holiday season to start, you can see all of last year’s Christmas posts here.

What are your feelings about fruitcake? Love or hate?

Linking up with Heather.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in a Jar

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I have a recipe for you today.. not only are these cookies delicious, but layered in a jar like this, they make a perfect gift! Only 3 ingredients need to be added to the contents of the jar before baking so anyone can definitely make these. You could, of course, also mix the ingredients together in a bowl if you plan to bake and eat them straightaway.

The cranberries and white chocolate go nicely together, and the pop of red makes these cookies perfect for Christmas.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in a Jar
Adapted from Taste of Home’s Best Loved Cookies and Bars

Yield: 1 jar, or approximately 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

(For assembling the jar)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

(For baking the cookies)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

You will also need a 1 quart glass jar and a funnel.

Filling the Jar:
In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Layer ingredients into the jar using the funnel (or a piece of rolled up paper) in the following order, from first to last (or bottom to top):
White sugar
Brown sugar
Flour mixture
Oats
Dried cranberries
White chocolate chips

Making the cookies:
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C/ gas mark 5)
Empty jar into large bowl. Mix in melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
Drop tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy!

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If you’re giving these as a gift, please remember to include the baking instructions (and the “for baking the cookies” ingredient quantities) for your recipient! You can print them or even write them out on a lovely gift tag.

I hope you enjoy the cookies if you make them! Let me know in the comments what your favourite holiday treats are! Happy Holidays!

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