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Friday, November 21, 2014

FO Friday: Cameron's Christmas Presents

I feel very safe participating in today's FO Friday because Cameron, my 13 year old non-nephew, does not read my blog, nor does his mother (who is my sister from another mister).

So, I have a two-fer FO Friday for you :)

Graham for Cam (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams
Time Frame: started October 27, 2014; finished November 11, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (~ 0.72 skeins or 72 g which is ~ 158 yds)
Needles: US #5 (3.75 mm) and US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Large
Modifications: None that I'm aware of.
Thoughts: I should have gone with my gut instinct to make this hat longer than I did...but I followed the pattern. If he doesn't wear the brim folded, it'll be a slouch but if he folds the brim, it's a total beanie. I don't think he'll care either way, to be honest. It was interesting as this hat is knit inside out on purpose...and then you weave in the ends on the side you've had facing out, which is actually the inside. Why is it knit inside out? Because purling is a pain in the ass. Let's not beat around the bush here. Purling and purling and purling just sucks. So, if you knit it inside out, you avoid most of the purling. I don't know that I'll make it again because it seemed to go on forever but it's a good hat and I'm sure someone will love it, even if Cameron doesn't (and he better!). Also, the color is all wrong but no matter what I do in the editing process, I cannot get it correct.

Waiting for Winter Mittens - Cameron (link to Project Page)

Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens & Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
Time Frame: started October 9, 2014; finished October 24, 2014
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (~ 0.76 skeins or 76 g which is ~ 167 yds)
Needles: US #7 (4.5 mm)
Size: Large
Modifications: No major modifications other than sizing them to Cameron's hand/thumb length.
Thoughts: These mittens are fabulous. They are a very basic pattern and can be modified to fit the wearer. A seasoned knitter will be able to do more modifications (like widening the thumb base or adding some sort of pattern) but even a new knitter will be able to adjust to their needs. In this case, I had to add length to the hand and the thumb to match Cameron's teen boy hands (I was sent an outline of his had to work from) but that's not unusual. The nice part is that the pattern comes in three sizes and with the two different types (mittens and fingerless mitts), you have six options to work with. This was my third pair (I made myself a pair, and Little Man a pair)...and there's a fourth pair finished and fifth pair planned. Either way, at the end of it all, I will have made five pairs. So, obviously I like this pattern :) Again, the color is all wrong...but at least it matches the hat (it's the same yarn so it should).

You may have caught that I've finished the fourth pair of mittens, as well...and I have. But, I'm going to do a FO Friday post with Jazzlynn's mittens and hat at a later date (as I'm still working on the hat), so as to keep everything together. I guess you'll just have to wait.

Until then, have a wonderful Friday :)

I expect I'll be back soon with another FO Friday installment....or not. Depends on how things go around here :)

I hope you're all having a lovely Friday!


  1. Nice whether the color is wrong or shows up a very vibrant blue on my screen..

    1. See, that's the problem. It's actually the como blue, which is more of a teal than anything. I think.

  2. You're a lean, mean, project finishing machine! Wow! I have only started to think about whether or not I'd like to knit any gifts this year. I typically don't, but I'm feeling generous lately. :-D

    1. To be fair, if I want them there on time, I have to have them out no later than December 15th (preferably December 10th)...and with two unpredictable children at home, I needed to start early :)

  3. This is a solid set. I like the color. It'll keep him very warm.