OH boy, what a journey these two gifts were.
What started off as a great idea turned into a last minute Christmas mess!! Originally the plan was to make this gorgeous poncho with a high collar gem buttons with this sparkly yarn but that ALL went out the window when I realized 3/4 of the way through this beast of a pattern that it didn't fit my daughter who is the same size as the giftee.
You know that panic when you realize something is not working out and you are near the end of your time allowed to make things, so you start stalking Ravelry like a yarn crazed lunatic?
Yes, well, that was me a week before Christmas as I had frogged and completely ripped out the entire thing. I had two giant piles of rich blue yarn ready and no pattern.
So I settled on something simple and warm. A giant granny square blanket. No pattern just a plain old granny square that I worked on till the yarn was all gone.
In the panic I also forgot to take photographs, but here is the yarn I used.
It is the James C Brett Marble Chunky Glamour, its more blue in person compared to that photo but it is SO pretty, and soft.
I also made another Suffolf hat AND mitts for my brothers wife. She's seriously the sweetest, so I made hers plenty early so I wouldn't run out of time!!
This time instead of using a faux fur pom pom I used the left over yarn instead. I think it worked out better because I suspect the dogs at the farm would probably choose the pom pom as a snack when she went to visit.
The yarn itself is a bit chunkier and squishier than the yarn I used for mine so it had more room for stretch, which is good because she has the longest hair and so it can all be tucked up in there without it getting wet with snow.
I used the same mitten pattern so it had a similar size increase, which is fine because it leaves room for another pair of mittens to wear as liners on really cold days. The pattern I used was Simple Chunky Mittens. We have had quite a few of those lately too!!! Brrrrr -40!
The yarn is by FabraNatura and its a chunky yarn called Inca. The bonus is that its super wash!! So you don't need to worry as much when these get dirty! They were lined with plain cotton flannel. One day I might find a nice wool flannel to line my mittens with!
Stay tuned for the next update, which includes some sweaters, cowls, more hats and socks!
Until next time,