Since we usually spend Thanksgiving with my family, and Christmas with my in-laws, I’ve adopted the habit of getting my holiday gifts for my family ready for Thanksgiving weekend so I can deliver them in person. I’ve been working on the gifts for the past two months, but been unable to post since my wonderful family follows along here! Now that the gifts have been gifted however, I’d love to share them with you.
First up is my mom’s holiday present, a pooling stole. My inspiration for this has been Wenat, a talented knitter who has been perfect the technique of getting yarns to pool in various stole patterns. When I saw Wollmeise’s Agatha colorway, I immediately thought my mom would like it. So, a bit of mathematics and a little more knitting and I had a finished gift.
The Pattern: Falling Leaves Pooling Stole by Wenat
The Yarn: Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle, Agatha
The Needles: US 7’s
The Verdict: I love the way this stole pooled! The pattern just accentuates the color shifts. I hope my mom enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it!
Second up is my sister’s present, an Ishbel out of some delicious merino, silk and bamboo Hedgehog Fibres yarn. When I visited my sister this past spring, I wore a shawl of mine. She commented that she liked it very much. So I posed a theoretical question: if I were to knit her a shawl what color would it be? She wanted green, and when I saw this Malachite yarn, and it’s bluey-green tones I snapped it up.
The Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
The Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres, Merino/Silk/Bamboo, Malachite, 2 skeins
The Needles: US 6’s
The Verdict: The yarn is on my stalking list now. The colors were beautiful, but the fibre itself was luscious to knit with – so soft and silky! I also loved the way it opened up with blocking. I enlarged the pattern and the resulting shawl is large and drapey. I hope it keeps her warm!