Sunday, April 20, 2008

Slowly Paying it Forward

I got there in the end and my PIF parcels are now safely with the recipients so I can share details here. (Well actually I'm only two thirds of the way there but the other third is in hand - if not actually knit yet, but hey, let me revel in the glory of nearly being there! Number three is a surprise as I only got two sign ups so I think I get way more leeway on that one.)
I so loved the Pay it Forward idea and thought for sure I could make the six month deadline, I knew Christmas wouldn't help matters but I'm glad to see that later versions gave a one year deadline - I made that :o) and some new friends into the bargain. A lovely project.

My first sign up was the lovely Von for whom I made some purty socks as the little needles trouble her hands and I would like everyone in the world to have some hand knit socks. I loved the FO and I'm glad to say that she did too so I think we can call them a success.
Pattern: Fools Rush Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug - Florentina - 1 skein
Needles: 2.5mm Brittany Birch DPNs
Started: January 2008
Finished: April 2008
Notes: I liked this pretty lacy pattern for a variegated yarn as it adds interest and doesn't get lost in the colours. The cuff is is my favourite part and I loved the way it seemed to bloom like a flower from the needles as I knit it. A really enjoyable knit so no swearing went into the stitches on your toesies Von!Second sign up was Little Lou - for whom I made a snuggly hat just in time for spring! Ah well at least wool doesn't go off. Pattern: Thorpe Hat
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay - 6709 - 1 skein
Needles: 4mm long metal DPNs
Started: March 2008
Finished: April 2008
Notes: I've seen lots of cute versions of these on the blogs and will be making more for sure. I didn't crochet the edging after trying and being baffled! I like the slip stitched finish and I thought it was more important to get the parcel on its way before summer arrived, though by all accounts this will be getting use in June in Scotland. Good colours for this PS group though - maybe that was what slowed me down.

15 comments:

Glenna C said...

Nice hat and socks! I always look at Manos but have never used it. A hat might be a good start.

modelwidow said...

What lucky PIF recipients. Just love the socks.

Rose Red said...

Love the socks and the hat. But I think Mr Skellingtonhead might need a new hat to keep his head warm!!

von said...

Yep, my socks are fab! As is the hat you made for Little Lou :oD

I really do think that everyone should have some handmade socks! I hope you realise that I'm now fighting the urge to have another go at knitting socks...my hands will hate me...

Marianne said...

I am so proud of you!!!
The socks are lovely, and thanks for the link/pattern!
I just love those Thorpe hats, I've made three now... FABulous hat, love the colours in yours!
XOXOX

Littlelou said...

Please be aware the photo of the lovely thorpe hat on this blog is not me modelling it!!! Scarey!!
To see how cosy it is check MY blog, haha xx

Charity said...

These are great gifts! The socks are so pretty, and I love the Thorpe hat. :0)

clarabelle said...

Gosh, what lovely PIF knits! I mean, one of the recipients even wanted to wear their knit to the grave.

Looking forward to seeing PIF knit #3!

Kai said...

They're both fantastic gifts! I love that hat! I have some Manos in my stash.. hmm. :)

raining sheep said...

You are becoming a prolific blogger - I can hardly keep up with your projects - obviously that book was a good thing and I should get a copy...the socks are really cute and will be very happily received, I'm sure.

Queen of the froggers said...

They are great gifts. The skull head is fab!

StarSpry said...

Both projects are so great! Way to go :)

Knitted Gems said...

Wonderful gifts! They both look fantastic. Although, I'm especially digging the skull.

dreamcatcher said...

Lovely PIF gifts!

Kath said...

Love the shot of the sock from above - so like a flower and great colours too! Lovely to see all the lovely bits you've been creating!

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