First of the Christmas sets for the male part of my family is finished, washed and waiting to be packed and posted! And I loved knitting it!
The first great thing about these small projects is the yarn: seriously, Malabrigo Rios is a knitter’s dream. I love most of their colourways, it’s super soft, smooth and at least in theory machine washable, which was one of the main requirements for me. I don’t want to give anything that would require hand washing, even if after some bad experiences I’m still skeptical about superwash wool. But the truth is, I can’t imagine my brother even remembering to wash stuff by hand, same with my dad or nephew, and my mum has a degenerative illness in her palms and definitely shouldn’t be forced to wash anything by hand either. Hopefully with wool programme in the washing machine nothing will get felted and damaged.
Now on to the elements of this set.
The hat is Declan’s Hat pattern by Samantha Kirby. I really like it and the project itself was a fast, enjoyable knit. I added a pom pom but I think I might remove it after all – I think it actually looks better in the basic version. Or maybe I will detach it but give it as an optional part of the set.
For the neck I chose Stephen West’s Purl Ridge Scarf pattern. Very basic and simple, and so cute! I really like how the colour changes show in this cowl, it’s a perfect pattern to show off an interesting, variegated yarn.
And finally my first gloves with one finger! I’ve knitted fingerless gloves before, so this project has been a step up for me. Maybe next year I’ll knit real gloves with 5 fingers, who knows? 😉 For now The World’s Simplest Mitts by Tin Can Knits was the prefect choice: they were really super easy to knit, and in worsted weight yarn they knit up very quickly.
I loved the yarn so much that I ordered some more in a different colourway for my Mum’s gift. Unlike the others, she’s already chosen one of my earlier knitted hats and a matching shawl for her birthday in September, so for Christmas I want to knit a Madigan top for her, and I think Malabrigo Rios will be perfect for it. Meanwhile though I’m working on my brother’s gifts in gray and loving this project just as much as the purple set for the nephew 🙂
And since I’m officially off my awful meds now it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate! On Sunday we went for a nice walk around the Dun Laoghaire Harbour and then had some unhealthy but super delicious fish and chips. And mulled cider – I think I will stick to mulled wine in the future though 😉
That’s all for now, if you’d like to share in the comments what you’re working on these days I’ll be happy to read!