A few years ago, I made my brothers fingerless mitts for Christmas. While this was fun, it was perhaps a bit too ambitious to start them in December, since I was a slower knitter and barely finished them. Or, if I recall correctly, I only finished one mitt for each and then made the other two while they were on winter break. There we go, that's it. This year, I decided to just stick with hats, particularly because they both lost a mitt (ugh) and also because I didn't have as much time to focus on something that small and detailed with all the other knitting projects I had to do this time of year.
I made a bit ago the Turn a Square hat by Jared Flood for Erin's boyfriend, Matt. He liked it, and with the scrap yarn I made myself a hat. Matt had requested another striped hat for Christmas, so I decided to make one for him out of whatever scrap yarn I had from Pete's hat.
Because Pete's a redhead, I decided to go with browns and greens. This is also the color of his winter coat. Matt's looks similar to Pete's, except that his is more darker grey stripes and less brown and green. Sam likes blue more, so I went with various colors of blue. The skein of striping yarn for Sam also included some greys and whites, which helped not make it too blue, if that makes sense. I really like how they turned out, and I think they both liked them. I used Cascade 220 for both solid colors and then Noro Silk Garden for the self striping. Noro's colors are lovely, and I like how Cascade both highlights and mellows it. Also, it's a very warm hat, since I've been wearing mine a lot while walking to the train and then work. Quite pleased with it.
Mum was so impressed by Sam's hat, that she's requested her own. Fortunately, you can make two hats from a skein of Cascade 220 and a skein of Noro Silk Garden with this pattern, so I have all the materials already! Hers will be a bit brighter of blue, but that's fine. When I finish that hat, I'll post the photos of both that hat and Matt's hat.
Again, here are Ricky and I modeling Christmas hats by the water. (in case you were wondering, we went out for Breakfast, and then grabbed all the Christmas knits and took photos of them before wrapping them up) Ricky's wearing Pete's hat, and I'm wearing Sam's.
I can't post the rest of Christmas knitting right now since I haven't given it away yet, so I'll be posting some of the to do list accomplishments I've completed so far. (hooray!) My list may also have been too ambitious, because Ricky got me Price is Right for the wii and I am hoooooked.