Friday, May 20, 2011

FO Friday: Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday and I'm happy to be sending her some hand knit gifts.  She last came for a visit around the time I wrote a post about deciding to rip out my first version of the Trinity Shawl.  I had cast on for the shawl in Handmaiden Casbah in the Bronze colorway which I love, but I decided that the variegated color wasn't a good match with the leafy texture of the shawl.  I started another shawlette in a solid color and marked the first project "frogged" in Ravelry.  Luckily, the truth was I just threw it in a knitting basket still on the needles.  My mom piped up that she liked that version before I actually got a chance to rip it out.  I'm so glad that she did, because now that it is done I like it too.  This is one project where blocking made all the difference:




Pattern:  Trinity Shawlette by Anni Design
Source:  P-Hop (Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure), a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders
Materials:  1 skein of Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock in "Bronze", and US 6 needles.
Modifications:  None, but there are multiple versions in the pattern, and this is Version 1.

On the same visit, my niece and my mom each slipped in a request for one of my Falling Leaves Hats, so I knit one up for my mom in yellow, one of her favorite colors:





Pattern:  Falling Leaves Hat (my own pattern)
Source:  free on Ravelry
Materials:  1 skein of Malabrigo worsted in "Pollen", and US 6 DPNs, and US 5 and 7 circulars.
Modifications:  I played with needle sizes quite a bit on this one to try to make the hat fit my mom just right.  I started the crown of the hat on US 6 DPNs to make it a bit smaller, but then went up to a US 7 when I started the leaves for the width of the hat to be appropriate.  I went down to a US 5 for a snug brim, but back up to a US 6 for a super loose bind off.   

I'm now working a child size version of the pattern for my niece.  I'll update the free pattern with both sizes and more photos when I finish up.  I need to get these items to the post office, but I can't wait to sit with a cup of tea and catch up with some of my favorite knitting bloggers through FO Fridays at Tami's Amis!

7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous projects. I'm glad your didn't rip out the shawlette too. I think it looks beautiful and the pattern is definitely not in competition with the variegated yarn.
    Love idea of a yellow hat. It looks so sunny : )

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  2. Handmade gifts and moms go together like peanut butter and bananas. :) And your gifts are gorgeous. The shawlette is amazing, that lacy pattern is so elegant and the colours are spring-garden perfect, and I love the falling leaves hat in that yellow! I'm not even a yellow person, usually, but it looks so soft and nice.

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  3. Beautiful shawl!! Love the hat too!

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  4. The shawl and the hat are both simply LOVELY! :)

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  5. Oooh Kathleen Peanut Butter and Banana! I like that idea!

    Sorry sidetracked! Your shawl is gorgeous - the pattern is amazing and it looks so pretty in that yarn! I'm so glad you did it variegated! Lots of shawls in FO Friday this week - must be the season for them!

    I also love the colour of that hat - I'm having a buttercup yellow obsession at the moment I think I'm going to have to look further into that! x

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  6. Beautiful, as usual : ) I really like the color of the hat and the name is so appropriate for this time of year.

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  7. Gorgeous projects!!!!!!!!!!

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