Monday, November 8, 2010

One holiday present down...

Did you know Hanukkah comes early this year? I'm not Jewish but a friend of mind is so I googled the date; I wanted to make sure I had her present finished in time. The Holiday of Lights is being celebrated December 1-9, so this weekend I hustled up and finished Judy's gift, a Menorah pillow from Melanie Falick's Handknit Holidays. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in cream.

I haven't decided how to do the back. The pattern sports a handknitted back with i-cord buttons, but that seems little overkill to me. I'm contemplating buying some royal blue velveteen, or maybe just knitting a double-moss stitch back that matches the side stitch pattern. Then I could easily crochet the pillow together with a chain stitch. We'll see.

With much shame and chagrin, I have abandoned Tom's John's Sweater. SIGH. Instead, I am going to make the far simpler Beagle pullover; both sweaters were designed by Norah Gaughan. The big difference is that I can get the Beagle done by Christmas; given how many times I've started over, the John's Sweater won't be done until hell freezes over, if then. So the Beagle it is, done up in Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Stone Washed Mix. Tom's eyes match this gray blue perfectly, so he'll look mighty fine. Most of all, he'll have something to open Christmas morning. Whew.

After Tom's sweater, I have one more Christmas present to complete - a pair of simple mitts for my friend, Elizabeth. She asked for them months ago but I figured they'd make a great Christmas gift. I'm going to use the free pattern Susie's Reading Mitts and Debblie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in black. I made a pair of these last year and wear them all the time.

Ebay warns there are 47 days left until Christmas. Better get cracking! So many knitting presents, so little time...


  1. That pillow is absolutely LOVELY!t_a

  2. I'm making Beagle, too. I'm cheating though...

    I'm knitting the back in stockinette.

    I need a 60 inch finished size, so I'm using a chunky yarn and using the small size number of stitches. Of course, I'll need to add a bit of length, too.

    Good luck with yours.

  3. Love the Beagle sweater. Good decision. The other sweater is lovely, but simple, classic, and DONE are better criteria for a gift. I'm working on a pair of Susie's Reading Mitts now in a soft gray Koigu as a Christmas gift for my sister--one done, the other done up to the thumb gusset. After hers are completed, I think I'll need to make a pair for myself.

  4. Your Menorah pillow is absolutely beautiful. What a lucky person your friend is. Good luck getting the Christmas presents finished on time.
    (Moments in Time(

  5. Love the pillow, its a beauty. The sweater switch is a good choice as well. The f2f classes are now making me think about what would be good for my hubby.