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September 13, 2010

It's not a waste of time if you knit while watching the TV...

I loved all our chatting about TV last week, apparently I am not the only one who thinks TV time is productive, useful and necessary if you are knitting as you watch.

Right now I am knitting all my Christmas gifts, which is why I haven't posted many pictures of my knitting lately. Don't want to ruin that Noro surprise headed your way if you know me in person! This is the first year I've actually had the time (time! again! we're on a theme here) to knit present for everyone. I'm using the beautiful yarn I already have in my stash and some Noro on got on super sale. I hope I'm capturing a little of each person in their gift. I made a list (of course) and tried to think of a special item for each person, something they might actually use and enjoy. The list is long but luckily I have two happy hands, enough delicious yarn to last me through the apocalypse and all that TV that isn't going to watch itself.

In addition to my Christmas knitting, I've also been making hats by request from my mom and dad. My little brother Eric snagged the first hat I made (originally intended for Dad but it was a little too big for him, and Eric has quite a handsome big noggin.)

Here he is, it's a simple ribbed hat in Noro Taiyo, by far one of the softest Noro yarns I have ever used:

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That hat was meant to have a flipped-up brim but he likes wearing it as a beanie. And I'm almost done with Dad's hat, when I complete it I'll post the final hat recipe. I kind of made it up as I went along and I'm very happy with the outcome. But knitting it twice will help make sure I didn't write down anything in error, then I'll share it with you. It's very simple, no frills, just a basic ribbed fisherman's style hat.

Here's Dad's hat, almost ready to decrease for the top:
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One thing I have always loved about my dad is that he likes colorful things, he requested a bright, colorific hat and this yarn certainly delivers. I love it! I love all the colors and the softness of it. The label says it's 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool and 15% nylon. Aside from the bad knot I had to fish out and correct, I love this yarn.

My mom wants a hat in navy blue and lime green stripes, two colors I don't have in my stash! I love Southwest Trading Company's "Karaoke" yarn, and they have a great navy blue but no lime green. So I still don't have any navy or lime yarn. Any ideas? I prefer something I can knit on size 7 or 8 needles.

For my Christmas knitting I'm making a few felted bags, an item for a certain dog who will go unnamed, fingerless gloves (but the real kind with finger openings and a thumb gusset), many hats and of course some scarves. Nothing better than a scarf for some fine TV knitting. Are you into holiday knitting this year? Hey, Christmas is only 102 days away! So what are you making?

Did I scare you with the Christmas Countdown? Mwahahahah! (behold my evil laugh.)

We're all about the scary at Chez Furball these days...

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Frankie watches Jaws.

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Bob is scared of Jaws.

Posted by laurie at September 13, 2010 11:23 AM