I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I'm completely in Christmas mode. After some initial hesitation, the snow and sub-zero temperatures have completely picked me up (I'll just ignore the 10 degrees plus for next weekend). I'm lighting candles,
modifying the feng shui at home with Christmas decorations and generally: I want to enjoy December. Against all odds, big and small.
My colleagues have to go through it, but they already know that from me. And there's probably a little Christmas elf in all of us. Which is why it's no surprise that this month's "On the needles" features lots of cozy knitwear. What do we actually want for Christmas in terms of knitting? I'll tell you that too. Take a look:
It must fluff
If Marisa could do as she pleased, she would probably add a mohair thread to the linen yarns in summer too. In winter, of course, the question of "if" doesn't even arise.
You already know that Cashmere 6/28 from Pascuali is one of my absolute favorite yarns. When Mohair Bliss was added to the range this year, it was clear that this combination had to be on my needles. And there it is now.
The design doesn't have a name yet, but the cardigan will be great - I can already feel it! I'll let you know as soon as it's ready for a test knit.
When it's fluffy, Sandra isn't far away. And even if the masses of snow in Bavaria don't leave much knitting time at the moment - a few rounds were possible:
Too much of everything at the moment, which is why I can hardly get to the needles. But sometimes things don't work out the way you'd like them to and life gets in the way - it'll be different again!
But I'm confident that I'll be able to finish my The First Sweater by Lizzie Hester in Merino Baby and Mohair Bliss in December. I have knitted the first sleeve to the end of the ball and am now working the second sleeve to the same length before the sweater is allowed to take an intermediate bath so that I can allow for the increase in length of the patented sleeves. So the end is in sight.
It goes on woolly
As Louisa also lives in Bavaria, you can also see snow in her photo. And above all, a knitted piece that will be finished very soon!
I have to admit that I didn't manage to finish my November cardigan from PetiteKnit in November. Too much everyday life got in the way and so there was little knitting time. However, it is already finished - now it's time for the finishing touches.
So I use December to sew off the double-face cuffs and sew on the pockets. So the circle closes: started in December 2022, finished in December 2023. Then I'll probably take a little break from knitting because my arm is really sore. In the meantime, however, I have the Field Sweater and a project in Fritid yarn from Sandnes ready to go, which will certainly be happy if I give them a little attention from time to time.
As soon as Marisa first showed the delicate Ruth skirt in the stories, I knew I had to have it. Absolutely.
The next question was: What color? It should be Christmassy - because I would like to wear it for the holidays. And so I asked Sandra to pick out the most Christmassy red from the Merino 120 color chart from Lang Yarns. It turned out to be 163(dark red) and it is exactly as I imagined it. ❤️
So now the gauge is counted and then I can get started. Many rounds of stockinette fit perfectly into my December plans. Knitting every now and then, but not having to think too much. Keep your fingers crossed that I finish the skirt in time!
Lots of beautiful little things
In addition to larger projects, there are also a lot of little things on the needles in the team at the moment. Which in turn used to be big. Like Jule's:
The cozy collar for the felted Christmas stocking is on my needle. I'm giving away a Krøllekantstrømpa from Rilleruth for Santa Claus. The exorbitant stocking made of Fritidsgarn is still doing a round in the washing machine, only a few rows of Teddy Dear from Rauma are missing from the collar and then the godchild's name can go on it.
We continue with red. Mirjam has socks on the needles. Perfect for the current weather!
At the moment, I'm actually "only" in sock fever with the basic socks from Paula M. On the one hand, I had planned to knit up leftovers, on the other hand, I only had a little space in my travel bag to the seaside. In addition to all the preparations for our Advent activities and enjoying a bit of snowy scenery on the beach, I unfortunately didn't manage a whole pair...
Where there are socks, hats are not far away! After all, our ears have to stay warm - even for our men! Mary-Anne and Barbara know that only too well now.
My loved one expressed a need for a fisherman's cap and I couldn't deny him this little wish. After a short research, we settled on Peer Gynt and he liked the color 7181 Dyp Petrol. So we ordered it quickly and so that the yarn didn't have to travel alone, a PetiteKnit Knitter's String Bag was also added to the basket. 😉 Maybe the hat will be ready by Santa Claus!
One of your most popular hat designs has been finished by Barbara. No winter goes by without the Oslo hat from PetiteKnit.
... and this is what we want
Of course, wish lists are not just for children. After all, adults have wishes and dreams too. Some things may not be so easy to wrap up, but at least we can think of a few knitted items that we - and you! - could put under the Christmas tree. Apart from lots of knitting time, of course. That's what we all want. So that we might even needle a new project or two over the holidays ...
YOUR KNITTING PROJECTS AT MASCHENFEIN
And what do you have on your needles in December? Feel free to tell us in the comments or show us on Facebook or Instagram, where we use the hashtag #aufdennadeln. We look forward to seeing your pictures!
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