FO Friday: Coworker Knits

I’ve been making lots of knits for my coworkers since late last year. Here’s a quick round-up of┬áthe last few I completed. Doing these in reverse order of completion. Yet again, I neglected to take photos in daylight (and Matt was busy doing some work stuff), so you’ll have to excuse my selfies in my spare bedroom.

Mini Fiar

When I was coming back from Germany, I didn’t really want to start another pair of socks and had with me a skein of dark gray Miss Babs DK and three colors of a Neighborhood Fibre Company gradient kit. After lots of Ravelry searches that morning, I chose to make a mini version of Fiar, a pattern from Irishgirlieknits. Because I had, oh, 15 hours of travel between the subway, trains, and airplanes, I was able to finish it before we landed in DC. I’ve got a darker shade of the same color that may turn into the same thing to use up the gray leftovers.

Trillian (the red one)

This is my second Trillian, a very easy pattern with that little bit of lace to keep you entertained. I used Miss Babs Yowza that I’d picked up a few months ago and knew I wanted to do something special with. Due to the much thicker yarn, this is a bit wider and much, much longer than the original. (No photos of my wearing it turned out, so here’s a photo of the edging I may have to re-block to open it up better.)

Close to You

This was the perfect combination of a great free pattern (thanks to the designer, Justyna Lorkowska!) and some cheap yarn. I picked up five balls of each of two different colorways of Lousia Harding’s Cassia Prints at Tuesday Morning. It’s really quite soft and comes in fun colors. Of course, it’s available at TM means it’s probably discontinued and/or hard to come by. I knit this up really quickly back in August, mostly because how nice the yarn felt in my hands.

Summer Camp

I knew I wanted to make this shawl as soon as possible after the pattern popped up in my “Patterns You May Like” section on Ravelry (okay, it’s techincally “your pattern highlights”).┬áLaura Aylor designed this fun pattern that I’m certainly to make again. I’m likely to knit this again.

Flurry of FOs on Friday

I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting lately – hence the lack of blog posts – and figured it’s about time I share a few photos. I’ve got two shawls plus a quick-knit hat to share. Both shawl projects were created for coworkers and were the perfect combination of mindless and beautiful output. The hat was intended for Lizzie but, well, it wound up far too large for her, as you’ll see.

First up, my second Different Lines shawl, made from Spud and Chloe Fine. I’ll admit I’m not big on the yarn itself, but it was on sale and really great colors.

I only had 400 m of each color, so I only managed twelve of the cream-colored rows. It wound up just the perfect size for the coworker it was made for; she’s worn it every day when it’s chilly in our office.

Second project was my first ever Lacy Backtus, knit in Hempathy. The coworker I gave this to has a wool allergy, so was a perfect recipient for an item made in this bright blue I’d grabbed on sale during a trip to Denver.

(Excuse the just-got-out-of-the-shower look. I, well, was just out of the shower.)

Final project is a Short-Rows Sideways Hat, made in scraps of Ms Babs from a cowl project I made a few months ago.

Up next: A Foolproof cowl for one of Lizzie’s daycare teachers

Mini Fun

I’m trying to be good and wait to actually start my Clapotis for the KAL on the start date, but I faced a problem last week. I quickly bored of making coasters. This left me with over a week of having nothing to knit that was calling me.

When we headed off to Shenandoah, I grabbed the first two colors in one of the gradient kits I picked up at NFC with no real idea as to what I wanted to do with it. On the way out, I racked Ravelry to look for ideas. Eventually, I decided to make a gradient version of Brickless, one of my absolutely favorite patterns.

But I miscalculated. At my gauge, I ran out of yarn after 4 of the required 6 repeats. While I did consider going in pattern until I completed the second ball – a deep orange – it just didn’t seem right.

An idea was born. Make little shawls for the little girls in my life. What little girl wouldn’t want a fun little thing to throw around their neck? Plus, they’re so small they won’t take much time but large enough to feel like an accomplishment.

Okay, so it wasn’t totally my idea. I’d already made one for a coworker’s daughter at her request, using the Imagine When pattern but stopping affter the third triangle.

I have no great FO photos of this one yet as Lizzie is currently in bed, sick and showing it on me just winds up looking silly. I do, however, have a few WIP photos and a silly car-wearing FO shot.

An earlier shot of the knit in progress. A later WIP – but still taken on the dashboard view – was in my BRB post last Saturday.

Yeah, the crazy person in the reflection is me. I had a nice, lovely field of grass I could have used but was being rushed by a certain tiny blonde human.

Up next: Using leftovers to make a tiny version of Sakura or maybe Imagine When or maybe….