Yesterday, I gave first anniversary presents to a wonderful couple.
Laminaria for the Bride
(My mom. Isn’t she beautiful?)
Yarn: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud “Tidepool” colorway
Needles: Knitpicks Options US5 32″
This was easily the most complex shawl I’ve knitted to date, with two different pattern repeats and two different edgings. This made it an enjoyable knit – just as I was getting bored with one set of repeats, it moved to another. The only really annoying thing about it was that I had to keep moving the stitch markers back and forth, but even that got into a rhythm of sorts.
It’s my mother’s favorite color, and I know she’ll be using it – restaurants are always too cold for her.
Vest for the Groom
This handsome fellow is my stepdad.
Pattern: Vest from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patternsby Ann Block
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish Bulky in Squirrel Heather and Marlin
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony US9 and US10.
It’s my first sweater vest, it’s my first v-neck and it’s my first time using bulky yarn and large needles. It felt like I was knitting rope with tree trunks and was just as much fun. I’m sticking to finer gauges from now on. I do think this would have looked better in a worsted gauge.
On the other hand, it’s also my first proper mattress stitch, and I matched the stripes (my design) on each side. It’s also a bit big and short, which I’m putting down to the fact that I had to guess at his size. But the colors look good on him, it’ll be warm under a light jacket and he seemed happy.
The other problem was that I couldn’t knit for the Nine Days before Tisha b’Av. I ended up weaving in the ends, and there were a lot of ends, during Michael Phelps’ final race. *sigh*