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!


  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 : )

  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.

  3. Beautiful shawl!! Love the hat too!

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

  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

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