Thursday, December 20, 2007

Do you dream in swatches?

I am certainly dreaming in swatches after my latest knitting ventures. Christmas for we mommies means teacher gifts. I contributed some $dinero to the class gifts for both Teddy and Matt's teachers, but I felt a small knitted token would also be in order. After all, these ladies look after my most precious angels, and therefore my sanity too.

I looked through the 'Other' patterns on Ravelry and found a coffee cup sleeve. Basically, any cable pattern your heart desires, plus 4 garter stitches each side. Repeat til it fits round the cup and bind off including the cast on stitches, thereby eliminating the need for seaming. Easy as pie. I dug out the DB Cashmerino Aran from my stash, got down the Vogue Cables Stitchionary and started.

The cable patterns are: top two, horseshoe cable. bottom row, LtoR, er, can't remember the name of the first cable!, flirtation, hugs and kisses.

Teddy has a teaching assistant with fabulous hair which is just crying out for a Dream Swatch. So I made her one, instead of the coffee sleeve. The yarn is Rowan Damask and I used almost the whole ball.

These gifts were all given out yesterday, the last day of school and I'm happy to say they were all admired and appreciated. Warms your cockles, doesn't it :-)

Another dreamswatch to report on. This time for the wife of Tommy's cousin. She admired mine a few weeks ago and her birthday is this weekend, so what else could I give her but her very own. The yarn is Alchemy's synchronicity. I ordered 4 skeins of this way back when Knit Happens had their mega-sale, but only 1 arrived. Maybe I need to buy the one-skein book, but why would I do that when I can get free patterns on the web?!

Now, I did have further finished objects to report on, but I gave them away before I photographed them. I ended up making a bunch of clothes for the lovely Ms B. Doll. Coats, sweaters, dresses, bags. I even made her a dreamswatch. Yes, really!

I donated them to Teddy & Matt's school Christmas auction, held after the children's 'show'. Of course, I meant to carefully photograph them before I sewed them to the sheet of neon pink posterboard they would be displayed on. But I didn't get round to it. So I thought I'd get a quick picture in the back of the car, before I dropped it off at school. I remembered on the way home! Then I thought I'd get a picture at the actual auction. Erm. Instead here's a picture of the boys with Teddy's teacher, Ms Trudy.


IrishgirlieKnits said...

Love love love all these fabulous gifts!! Those coffee cozies are too cute!

And the dream swatches! Gorgeous! Gives me an idea for the skein of Damask you sent :)

Bezzie said...

those are super cute cozies! What a great way to feed a cable yearning!

Zonda said...

Those are great gifts!! Great way to try out stitch patterns too! BTW, thanks, I now know what that cable pattern is called I've been wondering about (the horseshoe one)