My mom, superstar knitter and 1/2 of my reading public, celebrated a birthday last month. She and Dad were visiting (and helping pack) last week, so I was able to give her a birthday present. I love knitting for my mom because I know she'll appreciate it, whereas when I knit for almost everyone else, I'm afraid they'll think I'm giving them the equivalent of a giant 1970s-colored, acrylic, crocheted couch slipcover. I mean, if you're not a knitter or crocheter, do you know the difference between Becky-homecky and really beautiful crafts-womanship? I don't know. Anyway, I know my mom knows the difference, so it's fun to knit for her.
With all the cray-cray around here, I only had time for a hat, but it's a gem of a little hat! The pattern is Plover from Twist Collective, and I can't believe there aren't more projects on Ravelry.
I found some great yarn, St. Denis, which is on sale in Webs' discontinued section. I love the color and wish I'd bought enough to make a hat for myself, too. I love that the yarn is light and lofty. The cables might have popped slightly better in a more tightly spun yarn, but I still think they look pretty good.
The cables were slightly annoying to knit--crossing one stitch across three, and then knitting the three in seed stitch. Then there was a weird instruction about doing all the yarn overs backwards and knitting through the back loop of alternating first or second yarn overs. Even with super pointy needles, knitting through the front loop of the first YO every time was frustrating. But I love the way it looks. I was definitely a product knitter on this one, and not as much enthralled with the process.
I am horrible at actually wrapping presents (just getting a present is sometimes all the effort I can muster), so I thought it would be fun to make the wrapping a present in its own right. A few months ago, I pinned this project to Pinterest. It's a simple tutorial from So Chick. I can't believe it, but this little boxy bag only took me about an hour to make! I'll be making more.
If only everyone in my life were as easy to knit for as my mom!