Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas


Mine was great and I hope yours was too!

There are so many pictures that I will have to do multiple posts.  This is the awesome Christmas tree that the sweet and wonderful Ben bought me.  :-)  He's awesome.
Stockings stuffed and waiting!
Stockings hung on the mantle.  Both variations on a fairly simple on-line free pattern.  I think they came out awesome.  :-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Super Ski Trip

It was cold, but fresh powder every day made for excellent skiing. I'm the one all the way to the left in the picture, if you couldn't tell. We went to Wolf Creek, Colorado. And we drove there, so I had lots of knitting time in the car both going there and coming home as well as every evening in the cabin. I got lots of Christmas knitting done, but for fear that someone who has yet to receive their gifts might see, I will wait to post about it until after christmas. Now I need to spend lots of time tucking in ends. I get car sick, so I couldn't spend that much time looking down and focusing on tiny things, like weaving in ends, in the car. Simple knitting I can do because it doesn't require looking. I probably should have tucked in ends at the cabin, but I was obsessed with cranking the stuff out. But now I have to be careful about what I work on where so the recipient doesn't walk in and see. I may have to do some of the end tucking in at night on christmas eve when I have some alone time. Tonight I have a little felting to do, and I'm really excited about this one, can't wait to post all about it. I got 7 whole projects done on that trip, so I feel very accomplished. I tell you what though, as soon as christmas is over I am going to make myself something. Like maybe those fingerless gloves I bought the yarn for 2 years ago and haven't made yet. Ok, really it was only a year and a half, I think. Its sock yarn, so tiny needles, I'm sure it will take some time, but I have wanted them forever. The only fingerless gloves I've made so far were for my sister for graduation. I actually meant to make a friend of my some for christmas and totally forgot. Who knows, maybe while I am doing the family thing christmas eve I can whip out a pair really fast. Like maybe one of the patterns from one of the one skein wonders books. I have all 3. But now, time to work to earn the money to pay for the yarn.


Happy knitting and happy holidays to all! (oh, and by the way, I am very excited that some old friends here in town have decided to take up the craft and new addictions are forming. I can't wait to have some quality knitting time with all of them. And I super really a lot miss my So Cal girls.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Knitting


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I still haven't taken pictures of the stockings hanging up or even of the third stocking at all, but back before I made that one I took this picture fo my Christmas knitting. Since then I have added 2 more (and brighter) washcloths to the stack and the third stocking. What I can't decide is if the washcloths will be gifted or if I want to keep them for myself and put them in my guest bathroom. Or put the 2 bright ones in the guest bathroom and the more muted one in the kitchen. I usually have a dishcloth laying out in front of the coffee pot to catch drips and that muted dishcloth would add a nice christmas-y accent there. We shall see.


I've been doing a whole lot of gift knitting, so I can't really talk much about it. Wouldn't want people to stumble over this way and find out what they're getting. I love giving presents and there are a few in particular that I am really excited to give this year. :-) I really hope that the receiving parties like them as much as I think they will.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cabled Christmas Stocking

Slowly but surely I will get all these pictures up, I swear.

So anyway, this is the stocking Ben picked out as his. This was a fun one to make and, as I mentioed before, a variation on the white one with twisted cables instead of wavy cables. And this time the cables were seperated by purls instead of just being part of the all stockinette fabric. I'm really glad Ben likes it. It should stretch nicely to fill up with goodies.

I actually went and bought the stocking hangers last night, so I will try and take a picture of them all hanging from the mantle tonight. It looks really nice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

OSU Stocking


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Real quick, here is the OSU stocking I made and donated to the silent auction fundraiser. I was told it did really well, but I never found out how much it actually sold for. My mother made a felted OSU purse that was really pretty and donated it. OK, got a meeting, gotta go!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

OMG, has it really been that long since I posted?!?

I guess it has. The baby mentioned in the previous post has been born and all is well there.
I've been knitting up a storm recently. But first, take a look at my cutie. He's adorable, isn't he?

So anyway, here we have the first stocking. Its a lovely white wavy cable pattern, but I really like twisted cables better. It knit up really fast though and I am happy with the size.

I decided for the second one to alter the pattern and make twisted cables instead of wavy cables, but the stocking uses the same basic patter and is therefore the same basic size and shape. I'll post finished pictures of this one soon, its really pretty and happens to be the one Ben picked out as his stocking. The heel and toe are green and I really like it. The one that is my stocking has a red top, a green leg with cables and ribbing, and a red foot. The white stocking was just some old icky acrylic, but I got some inexpensive Vanna's Choice to do the other two stockings and it knit up really nicely. One day I may make intricate nicer stockings, but for now I'm really happy with the ones I have. :-) Now I just need to get some pretty silver stocking hangers and hang them from the mantle.
I spent the last week and some odd days in Midwest City with Tulsa Ballet Theatre doing the Nutcracker and I got a lot of quality present knitting done backstage. More on all of that after the gifts have been given. I guess thats really all I will be doing for the rest of the month, lots of presents still to knit. And when I give up and admit that I won't actually get to all of them then there will be all that last minute shopping. Oh well, I love christmas. :-) I love to shop for people and find just the right thing. Or knit just the right thing. I love when people really love a gift and you can tell. And while its not about getting gifts, I also love when you open a package and the gift inside shows that the person who gave it to you really knows you and had some insight in to what you would just love to have or what you desperately wanted but wouldn't buy for yourself. Its always a nice feeling to be reminded that someone really knows you or really listens. Am I making any sense?!? Sum it all up with I Love Christmas. :-)

I will try and remember to get on and post more pictures of the stockings, especially once they are hung. And then there is the orange and black stocking I did for the OSU silent auction fundraiser thingie.
So much to do, so little time.