Pay It Forward 2011

Towards the beginning of January, a Clemson friend of mine issued this invitation on Facebook:

I am Paying it forward in 2011: I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They in turn must post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

I decided to take her up on the offer! So at some point this year, I’ll be getting something handmade from her. But more importantly, 3 people accepted *my* invitation to Pay It Forward, and this is what i’m working on for them.

  1. My first project is for a high school friend of mine, who has since gotten married & just had her first child. She also blogs — about being a new mommy, recipes & books — over at The View from Here.I decided to make her this Wisteria Shawl. Since one of her favorite colors is purple, i’m using this lovely purple & green wool/silk yarn that i’ve had sitting around in my stash for FOREVS from Lorna’s Laces (below, left). The pattern is from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2010.
     
    I’ve started a bit (above, right), and it’s an interesting pattern. The motifs join together as you go, and i’m having to rely heavily on the stitch drawings, which i’ve never had to do before. I think it’ll be a fun challenge!
  2. My second project is for a grad student friend of mine from Virginia Tech. I struggled a bit picking out his item, because I’ve always had a bit of difficulty picking out man-crochet projects. But I settled on these Hiking socks. I’m using Heart & Sole in Toasted Almond (below, left). The pattern is from Crochet Today! Jan/Feb 10.
     
    It’s going pretty smoothly so far, albeit slowly (above, right). This is the first time i’ve done socks, so I suppose that’s to be expected!
  3. My third friend requested a pair of mittens (more man-crochet, sigh). I confess i’m having a difficult time finding mittens that don’t look too girly. My first option is these Thrummed mittens, from Interweave Crochet, Winter 2008. They can be done in any color scheme, so I figure they’re pretty guy-friendly. My only issue here is I’m having *great difficulty* finding roving for the thrummed part. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look?
    My other idea were these fingerless mitts: One for all family of mitts, from Interweave Crochet, Accessories 2010. Double bonus: I know they are guy-friendly because look! men are modeling them!

Anyone have any other ideas or suggestions for man-mittens?

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