Hello knitters of the world! Congratualtions! you did it! you survived another holiday season. For me thats another year of “oh I’m going to take it easy and not handmake any gifts this year” turned suddenly around dec. 15th into “Okay, I’m pretty sure if I get these four hats done tonight I should be on track!” …maybe thats a slight exaggeration, but it does seem that no matter how hard I try I end up taking on more than I intended to this time of year.
This year, for the first time, Ben and I hosted my side of the family at our place. That means we had Isla and her mom and dad with us for three whole days (lovely) and lots of time with family. Having his parents and sister and her family (our darling niece and nephew) just across the driveway on the other side of the property meant that extra doses of family time were easily accessible. I cooked one of the christmas eve turkeys and then my mother came over with enough groceries to feed a small country and made us an amazing brunch on christmas morning. It was truly lovely, and then I truly slept all day yesterday 🙂
But now I am back! and returned from my blogging hiatus! So lets kick things off right with a quick round up of this years christmas projects 🙂
First off…the seven snow men :). Every year on Christmas eve Ben’s family does a big get together. We always keep the gift exchange small, but this year rather than the traditional bag of ghiradelli’s chocolates for everyone (although that is good too!) I decided to make little ornaments for everyone! These are the results of my labors….seven goofy little snow men. I took this shot on christmas eve morning just before I attached the little woolen loops to their heads so that they could hang off of many Bailey family trees. They are silly and fun but I am happy with the way they turned out.
Next is a project that, if you follow me on instagram (hint hint) then you have seen many partial photos of it, usually beneath a cat. It took me ages to finish it. Partly due to my short attention span and partly due to a miscalculation and a shortage of the right yarn. But in the days before christmas I finally did bind off and block this lovely blanket for miss isla!
I am so happy with the way this one turned out. Its a new pattern of mine, based loosely on the traditional “hap” style shawl/blanket. There will be two versions, one in an aran weight (the baby blanket style) and one in a dk (more of a shawl/wrap). I’m going to publish it offically in just a few weeks and I am still looking for test knitters. Send me an email/fb message or rave message if that sounds like something you might like to do. Anyway its Isla approved which is the greatest hurdle 🙂 so I am happy.
Other than her blanket, christmas 2015 was the year of hats for me…
I made this for my little sister/Isla’s mommy…
Pattern: Epistrophied by Kate Davies (available on Rav) – she has a whole series of designs with this motif and i LOVE them ALL! Kate Davies is a genius!
Yarn: two skeins of Madeline Tosh DK, one in “Antler” and the other in “Ginger”
Needles: the pattern called for a 3 and a 4 but I bumped up to a 4 and a 6 to give the hat hte slouchier feel that I knew Mya would want
I also made this one for my mom…she saw the pattern and hinted that she would like one of her own…of course by the time christmas rolled around she had completed forgotten the conversation! But i think she liked it anyway:)
Pattern: Karusellen by Erica-Knits (published in Pom Pom Quarterly) *the pattern is darling but I modified it a bit to accomidate my mamma’s tastes…I shorted the brim so that she would only have to do a little fold and I shortened the body of the hat so that it would fit a little more snugly. She is a potter and spends a considerable amount of her time outside in the cold and rain with her kilns. I am hoping that this snuggly jamieson’s wool will keep her feeling cozy!
Yarn: two skeins of Jamieson’s aran weight
Needles: a sie 4 for the brim and a 7 for the body
I also wrote up a quick boy/boyfriend style watch cap for my brother in law (and Isla’s Daddy) Dallas…
Yarn: madeline tosh Dk
Needles: us size 4, I wanted a nice tight knit!
I love love LOVE the way this came out. So quick, so simple, so classic. I liked it so much I am making myself one out of a lovely skein of woolfolk that I bought when I was in California a few months ao. I am thinking that I will write it up and share it with the world. Its super stretchy so getting a good fit is a breeze and the pattern is so simple it would be great for beginners…so keep an eye out for this one as well…
and finally…as hard as i tried…there was one project that I didn’t get finished:) the scarf for my daddy…
He is a classic guy, not a hat wearer or a mitten dude, so a classic k2, p2 ribbed scarf seemed appropriate. I am knitting it with two skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Sandstone, its a lovely sort of taupe/brown/grey color that will work well with his browns and his black. I know what my daddy likes, and i have learned over the years that when it comes to the men in my life…the simpler the knit the better!
All in all I am pretty pleased with the way my christmas knits turned out, but i have been missing my b.woolens projects dearly. I have some excited things planned for b.Woolens over the next several months and I can’t wait to share them with you! but for now I have to get back to eating all of the holiday leftovers in my fridge!
Happy almost 2016 everyone!