300 Days Until Christmas

Instead of saying that I finished this project 65 days too late for Christmas, I’m going to say I finished it 300 days early for Christmas 2015. That’s fair, right? This was our Christmas Kit yarn (limited edition, now sold out) and I started this the first week in December, which should have been plenty of time for Christmas-wearing. (Well, plenty of time if not for the other projects I also started and worked on in December. I seem to have an issue with that.)




(You can always tell when my husband, the professional photographer, takes my project photos versus me snapping a quick photo with my phone, can’t you? Glad he takes all of our Loopy website photos.)

The pattern is Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker. There are over 18,000 of them on Ravelry, so I’d say it’s a pretty popular pattern! I wanted to make it a little longer, so I made 45 points instead of 42, and used extra yarn. I’m glad it is finally finished and will look forward to being festively attired, come December!

Hitchhiker is a great pattern for all of those fun multicolored skeins of yarn that you buy because you love the mix and then …. you’re not quite sure what to do with them. Other good patterns by Martina for multicolors: Easy, Miss Winkle, Viajante, BricklessMostly Warmness, 22 Little Clouds, Lintilla, Trillian,  and 22.5 Degrees. You’ll always find fun multicolored yarns in these lines: Abstract Fiber, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Hand Maiden, Juliespins, Lorna’s Laces, Western Sky Knits and Yarns of Rhichard Defrieze.

I have a quick and easy recipe to share with you today that comes from my mom. These sandwiches are easy to make up ahead of time and especially good to make for a crowd. Just pop them in the oven 15 minutes before it’s time to eat.

unnamed-1Ham and Cheese Hot Buns

12 hamburger buns
12 slices of ham
12 slices of swiss cheese
3 Tbl. prepared mustard
3 Tbl. poppy seeds
1 tsp. Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 stick of butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)

Mix the last five ingredients and spread them on both sides of the bun. Layer the ham and cheese on top. Put the bun together and individually wrap each bun in foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese has melted and ingredients are hot.

Back to knitting – have you made a Hitchhiker yet? Or do you have other favorite patterns for multicolored yarn?

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  1. Your Hitchhiker looks great; congratulations on being 300 days early! Hitchhikers are like potato chips for me; I just finished my 5th one with some wonderful Rhichard Devrieze Peppino and I’m working on my 6th with some really great Wollmeise. I got both yarns at TLE, and have been busy adding some Blue Moon STR to my wishlist for more Hitchhikers in the future.

    1. Thanks, Bonny! 🙂 You have picked some beautiful yarn for your different Hitchhikers. And STR is going to be gorgeous, when you do that one up, too!

  2. I love your Hitchhiker shawl, the colors are beautiful. I love Martin Behm patterns, I have many! In fact I just ordered some Loopy cakes to make the Leftie.

  3. Love the yarn! But I had to respond because the ham and cheese sandwiches was something my mom made for us when I was a kid. It was often served on a cold winter Sunday with soup while we watched a Sunday afternoon movie. Still a family favorite though I don’t make them often enough.

  4. Thanks for the recipe, Sheri! I have not tried those before! They sound delicious and easy.
    Beautiful Hitchhiker and the coloring! You know, I must be the only person left who has NOT tried a Hitchhiker yet!!! I just haven’t gotten around to it. I did make her Sleeves for Camp Loopy but that did not agree with me at all! I have a few of Martina’s other patterns to try eventually. I’m the type of person who can only work on one project at a time. !! I love any yarn whether it be multicolor, semisolid, solid. I also love so many patterns and designs! Whatever speaks to me at the time is what I will work with!

  5. I have made a few multi-colored Multnomah shawls. Kudos for getting ahead there. Me? I would certainly forget where I anything I made that far ahead come time to wear or gift it. I’m sure you won’t, but me….

  6. You are way ahead of me, Sheri. I bought several of the same yarn and pattern at your suggestion on your blog when the yarn was featured and just started working on my Hitchhiker. Yours is beautiful-makes me want to work faster! It is my first Hitchhiker but I enjoy the pattern so it won’t be my last!

  7. I was just thinking about those sandwiches! We used to have them for special occasions like skating parties for the youth group when I was growing up! It was always a winter treat sort of! Thanks for sharing the recipe…I’d forgotten it!

  8. No Way – I thought recipe was a “family original.” I always make a double batch and freeze them. Soooo easy when you need a quick meal. I had twins in 1/2005. I made so many of these and put them in freezer, my husband said,” please don’t make these for a long time. I’ve had enough :0)”

    This year I decided I’m knitting for “ME!” I’m not buying silk, cashmere, yak, merino wool….. and making gifts for others. (At least not to people who have NO idea the yarn cost and more importantly, the time & love put into knitted projects. This year is my year of “Martina Behm.” I lover her patterns – especially the “Miss Winkle. ” She has a new pattern coming out this Spring. It was a pattern from last years “Strictmecht Club.” Should be available in 6mths. Her “Heaven & Space ” was a beautiful knit too! Happy Knitting….

    1. Oh, that’s funny! But you’re right – these would be easy to make up and keep in the freezer. 🙂 I like your “knitting for me” plan. I know you will make some wonderful things!

  9. Looks so pretty in that color! Thank you so much for the February Blog prize. I got it today and had missed seeing that I won on the blog so it was a very nice surprise!!

  10. Love your “early” Christmas hitchhiker?
    Is there a gallery in Ft. Collins that displays some of Paul’s work? I’m eyeballing his aspen pics and since I’m local, wondering where I could see one rather than ordering online. Have any hanging at TLE?

  11. I made one out of STR mediumweight in Puck’s Mischief. I had tried to use the yarn on SO many other projects, nothing was working out and I had had it for years. Finally I started a hitchhiker, and it was perfect! I love how it came out too.

  12. Thanks, Sheri, I’ll check it out! The Aspen grove would look amazing in any room…but perfect in a Colorado living room. 🙂

  13. I’ve made at least one, but I think I’ve made two, Hitchhikers. I am using this same yarn and making Lintilla. It too didn’t make it for last Christmas, but will be early for next year as well. I like the positive frame you placed on the project!

  14. I was reading thru the other posts and replies. I am wondering about that “loving” room where you hung the picture!

  15. I’ve had a Hitchhiker on my to do list forever. One day, it’ll actually be knit instead of being pushed back.

  16. I made your ham and cheese sandwiches for supper last night. I substituted pretzel buns. Fabulous! Thanks for the recipe.

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