They’re Finished!

I’ve finally finished knitting the mother-daughter headband and gloves sets for my colleague, Rae and her teenage daughter, Ebony. The school girl knits were completed earlier this month using cheap, yucky acrylic. They still turned out lovely but I hated the feel of the yarn against my fingers. This time I knitted for the very first time using Bendigo Woollen Mills wool and I was so MUCH happier to knit with something alive!

I knitted the headband from DROPS design and the pattern wasn’t very clear when doing the increases and decreases. It wasn’t bad with a little bit of thinking. I know I would have fudged it up if I was a beginner knitter. The Calorimetry was so much quicker to knit (took only one night!) because I didn’t need to think too much. Just follow the directions and it turned out perfect. The DROPS headband took me 3 nights!
DROPS Headband
Details on Ravelry

Then I hunted around Ravelry looking for the right gloves for Rae. I didn’t want to knit her the same gloves as her daughter because I don’t like knitting the same pattern twice. I like to challenge myself with something new. I cast on for Fingerless Mitts with XO Cables and boy, did I get a challenge! The pattern was the most frustrating pattern I’ve ever tried to follow.

The cable pattern rows were not the same as the rows I knit. So I had to keep track of each cable pattern row I’m on while doing ribbing, increases, thumb gussets AND decreases. Geez! Look at what happened to my pattern sheet:
XO Gloves (Pattern Sheet)

The weird thing is that according to Ravelry, 6 other people have knitted this pattern and not one said the pattern was crap! One knitter even said “they were quick and fun to make”. Is it just me?
XO Gloves
XO Gloves
Details on Ravelry

To look on the bright side, the gloves look and feel terrific AND the struggle is finally over. I’m putting down my dpns for a long while. I’ve got 3 scarves lined up – a simple, mindless garter stitch scarf for charity, a Lace Ribbon Scarf for one of Richard’s students he tutors and a Clapotis for myself. I doubt I’ll get too enjoy the Clapotis much cos winter starts tomorrow and it’s the last in my list of priorities at the moment. All I can do is knit on!

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School Girl Knits

I’m surprised by how far a 100g ball of yarn can go. I’ve knitted a pair of Fetching fingerless gloves and a Calorimetry headband for my colleague’s daughter, Ebony, from one ball of yarn and I still have about 20g left. Relatively quick knits. It took me 6 days to knit all of these. I’m taking a break for the rest of the week!

The autumn winds seem to be worse when you’re standing around school waiting for classes so I’m sure these will keep Eb warmer through the cold season.
Fetching Gloves (WIP)
Fetching Gloves
Fetching Pattern

Rae modelled the Calorimetry headband I knitted for her daughter. It looks good against her blonde hair.
Calorimetry Headband
Calorimetry Headband
Calorimetry pattern

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Quant Headband

I love the effect of entrelac on variegated yarn. This Quant pattern really shows off the colours beautifully.
Quant from Knitty

Furthermore, I discovered after finishing the headband that it can also be used as a neckwarmer! It just keeps getting better!
Quant from Knitty Quant from Knitty
Quant pattern from Knitty Winter ’07

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Sweet Lace

I knitted a pink lace headband for my second cousin, Sofea. Instead of seaming the ends together, I knitted i-cords instead cos I wasn’t sure how big her head is! Hehe…
Arrowhead Lace Headband

Pattern: http://persnicketyknitter.blogspot.com/2006/06/free-arrowhead-lace-headband-pattern.html

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Molly Headband

I’ve made a “Molly’s Headband” and I’ve lined it to make the lace pattern more visible on my dark hair. I love the look of lace knits even though no matter how hard I try not to lose or add stitches, I manage to do it every time I knit in lace! Just have to keep practicing.
"Molly's Headband"
Pattern (pdf): http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/pdf/sum_06/Sweet_Somethings.pdf

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