My Christmas Knitting is Finished!

November 27, 2011

17 projects. 8 months. I’ve been working every spare minute on this enormous project and I’m finally done – I knitted the last lining for the last hat on Thanksgiving weekend.  I knitted everyone in my family a different project – I did not repeat a pattern.  That wasn’t easy, because I had so many favorites.  But to be honest, in that same time frame I knitted 13 other projects for me or as gifts for someone else.  So I was busy.  Very busy. That’s 30 projects in 8 months.

I also sewed a tag into every item I made.  I got these tags from Mountain Street Arts on Etsy. I dislike almost all of the labels you can buy to sew into handmade items and these were the only tags I found that I liked a lot.

There are seven hats, all lined!

None of the hat patterns called for linings, but I picked up stitches and knitted a liner in every single hat.  They are so much nicer that way – thicker, sturdier and warmer.

I started this project in March and I spent every single spare minute I had knitting.  I finally sat down with my family this weekend to watch a TV show and, for the first time in months, I did not pick up my knitting basket to work on a project.  It felt weird but I’m also relieved.  When I started this project, I did not know if I would be able to finish.  But I did it with 4 weeks to spare!

Nine pairs of mittens

I knitted seven hats, eight pairs of mittens and one pair of socks.  As you can see, I’m not the biggest sock knitting fan.  But the pair that I knitted for my sister-in-law was amazing.  I loved them.

After I present everyone with their gifts at Christmas, I can finally tell them about this blog.  It’s been a secret, of course, to anyone in my family.

If you want to see details on any of the projects, just go to my Ravelry page – they are all posted there.



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  2. You are so inspiring Elaine!!!

  3. I. Am. In. Awe. Beautiful, just lovely.

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  5. wow, you are so talented! really enjoying peeking at your projects 🙂

  6. how do you manage to knit so much? How many hours a day are you knitting?

    • I never, ever watch TV without knitting. I also take my knitting with me if I have to wait anywhere. I take it with me on road trips for sure. But I never waste a minute. Even if I have a 15 minute window of time that I can knit, that’s what I do. And after so many years of knitting, I’ve gotten to be really fast. I admit there’s closets in my house that need to be organized, but. . . I’d rather be knitting!

  7. I love these patterns is there a place where I can look at the patterns to see if I can knit them and buy?

    • If you go to my Ravelry page, you will see all of these projects. Just click on each one to see how to get the pattern!

  8. Where can I find info about knitting a liner into gloves, mitts or hats…..I am a mitt and sock knitter and find this idea very intriging !!

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