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So I haven’t blogged much lately. Why blog when there is so much knitting? I’ve spent hours knitting up Christmas gifts and fun gifts just for those I love. I hope that opening a hand knit gift is more appealing that opening a store bought gift. So for my Hubs, I knit these awesome Urban Necessity Gloves:

I used the arm pattern from Knitty’s Dashing to give these gloves a more manly look. The Urban Necessity pattern calls for mitten caps, but he hasn’t decided if he wants the cap or not. I set aside plenty of yarn for when he does. I also improvised a thumb hole so that he can still use his Blackberry/iTouch without taking of his gloves, making this one of the coolest pair of gloves Geeks can own.

Speaking of mittens… My sister asked me to make some “reddish” colored mittens for my nephew, Ethan. Since he too needs access to his tiny little fingers while playing on the monkey bars or picking his nose, I added a little opening on the palm and thumb for him.

I had to improvise this pattern since I used a fingering weight yarn (left over sock yarn from Tammy) and most mitten patterns call for worsted weight wool. I actually used the same stitch count from Hubs gloves, which goes to show you how much gauge matters! I am currently working on these beautiful Endpaper Mitts:

These will be a Christmas gift as well. Though I must say that they are very hard to give away. :) I am on the second chart repeat on the second mitt, so I better quit showing off and get back to knitting. I hope that everyone is enjoying the winter season – I know knitters are! And I hope that you all are looking forward to celebrating Christmas.

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