Wrapping Up the Year

Yep. 2009 is over as of midnight. Is that loud cheering I hear? I think it might 😉

Suffice it to say that it’s been a tumultuous year for us and practically everyone we know. Thankfully, we have survived and are beginning to see bigger and brighter things coming to fruition for 2010.

But before we ring the old year out, there’s some final things to show you:

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I promised to share this year’s crop of holiday gifts and now that they’ve all been distributed, I can!

(I won’t go into too much detail or else this post will turn into a novel, so click on the links to go to each project’s Ravelry page for additional info)

Holiday Insta-Afghan #1 Holiday Insta-Afghan #2

Holiday Insta-Afghans #1 & #2

Mom's Mystery Slippers 1 Mom's Mystery Slippers 2 Dad's Lopi Slippers of Doom
Mom’s Mystery Slippers & Dad’s Lopi Slippers of Doom

BD's Winter Socks Dad's Diamond Socks

BD’s Winter Socks & Dad’s Diamond Socks

Maine Morning Mitts - Pair #1 Maine Morning Mitts - Pair #2 Maine Morning Mitts - Pair #3
Maine Morning Mitts – Pairs #1, #2, & #3

Happy Stripes Tea Cozy Garter Mug Cozies Noro Coffee Sleeves

Happy Stripes Tea Cozy, Garter Mug Cozies & Noro Coffee Sleeves

Overpass Cowl Frosty Ottawa Morning Cowl Chunky Dean Street Cowl Jade Infinity Cowl

Overpass Cowl, Frosty Ottawa Morning Cowl, Chunky Dean Street Cowl & Jade Infinity Cowl

Rock Out Guitar Strap Sock MIL's Fancypants Apron

Rock Out Guitar Strap Sock & MIL’s Fancypants Apron

Joseph, The Amazing Technicolour Octopus 1 Joseph, The  Amazing Technicolour Octopus 2 Roxie's Bunny Nugget 1 Roxie's Bunny Nugget 2

Joseph, The Amazing Technicolour Octopus (for baby grand-nephew) & Roxie’s Bunny Nugget (who’s pompom didn’t last 2 minutes LOL).

Roxie & her Bunny Nugget

She loves it though :D.

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BadgerDan spoiled me rotten this year with a much needed Royal Ball Winder, a set of Addi Clicks and a replacement foot pedal for my 1950s Singer Sewing Machine.

Royal Ball Winder Addi Clicks

Among other wonderful gifts, I also received some precious family heirlooms to look after. My Grandmother’s mink stole (circa 1950s), antique drop leaf table (circa 1920s) & my great-grandmother’s tea table (circa 1900s). The furniture looks wonderful in our “parlour”

My Furnished Parlour

In other good news, Hubby has finally gotten our Jeep insured and on the road – The Mork & Mindy Mobile Lives!!!! Woohoo!!!!!

(Photo will be added later)

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On Christmas Day, I started a pair of socks from some leftover yarn and completed them yesterday:

Burning Rings of Fire Socks 1

Pattern: Burning Rings of Fire Socks by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Lang Super Soxx, grey/brown; Sandnes Garn Lanett Superwash, black; Lady Galt Kroy 4-ply, col 118 (brown)
Needles: 2.5mm circs (magic loop)

What a great little pattern! (It’s a free Ravelry Download, btw.) Fits like a dream and works great with handpaints, self striping and stashbusting – I think this one might just become my go-to travel sock pattern.

Burning Rings of Fire Socks 2

I wore them all day yesterday – lovelovelovelove!

Being in total stashbuster mode, I also cast on another pair:

Niagara Falls Socks 1

Pattern: Niagara Falls by Janel Laidman (from The Eclectic Sole)
Yarn: Lang Super Soxx, col 630.0045 (41.6g); Paton’s Scotch Fingering 3-ply, white (8.3g) (for the heel & toe)
Needles: 2.5mm circs

So far so good 😀

And my last cast on of the year is in support of talented designer and Plurk/Ravelry friend, Lisa Dykstra (aka YenforYarn), who’s just started chemotherapy.

YenforYarn's Happy Socks

YenforYarn’s Happy Socks

Pattern: Periwinkle Socks by Lisa Dykstra (from Crystal Palace Yarns)
Yarn: Kroy 3-ply from Stash, Burgundy/Blue/Green Twist (27g); Solid Burgundy (40g)
Needles: 2.25mm circs

This is one of the free patterns she did for CPY, but she has also done some fantastic work for the WoolGirl Sock Club and has a great sock pattern called Manhatten that I’m planning on casting on for in January.

Grab those needles, choose one of her patterns and send her lots of healing thoughts and good will!

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On the shawl front, I have 12 more rows to go on Wings of Horus which I hope to finish sometime in January. These last rows are taking *forever*! (Did I mention that this shawl is huge?)

Wings of Horus - 12 rows to bind off

Mystic Waters and my Shetland Faroese haven’t been touched in a while, but I’m going to be firm with myself and not cast on another lace shawl until they’re finally off the needles.

So the WIP count going into 2010 is a whopping 2 pairs of socks and 3 shawls. I’m doing pretty well, I think :).

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In Yarn/Fibre Pr0n news…

For our wedding anniversary, BD bought me these to make the Mystic Embers Stole:

2 skeins of Cables & Lace Frog’s Hair (70% Merino, 30% Silk 2-ply laceweight, 440yds) in “Rusty Hull”

Simply Gorgeous!

Note: Knitting Dragon has put his dyeing on hold for a while as he pursues a degree in Fiber Arts & Fashion Design – All the best Eric!

When I first saw this roving, I completely lost my mind and stalked TisJewel until she had it up in her etsy shop:

Jekyll & Hyde Combed Top

4oz of Merino/Tussah Silk Combed Top, “Jekyll & Hyde”.

You know when all rational thought goes out the window and all that’s left is your inner child screaming “MINE”? Yep. Totally what happened.

And when it arrived, I was totally speechless…

Then I immediately went to her website and ordered the other one, as NO ONE ELSE MAY HAVE IT!!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

ahem.

A few other wonderful fibery things will be arriving in the new year … of which I will fill you in later.

Lastly, I won another prize from the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous Group! 😀

This time for the 2009 October Challenge, donated by SandraSingh – a copy of Chrissy Gardiner’s Tangled Vines Socks:

Tangled Vines Socks

Very cool! Will have to figure out what yarn I want to do them in…

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So, are you ready for the final project talley?

Got your smelling salts handy? Sitting down?

Okay, here we go:

Pairs of Socks: 52
Pairs of Slippers: 4
Pairs of Mitts/Gloves: 7
Hats: 7
Scarves: 7
Cowls: 5
Shawls/Apron: 3
Sweaters/Tops: 7
Afghans/Blankets/Rugs: 7
Pillows: 2
Bags: 3
Dishcloths: 9
Placemats: 4
Cozies (Teapot or Otherwise): 8
Accessories/Ornaments: 4
Stuffed Toys: 2

2009 FINAL TOTAL: 131 Completed Knitting and Crochet Projects

I think I might need a stiff drink.

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Wishing you all a Safe & Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve Greeting

See you in 2010!

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Retro Awesome

Well, I made it! Cast off the last gift last night and everything is wrapped and ready to go. So, guilt-free, I can now devote a little time to catching you guys up with the massive amounts of stuff coming off my needles/hook over the last month and a half.

(I’ll share all the holiday gift knitting/crochet insanity with y’all tomorrow.)

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Wow. Where to start?

How about some socks…

Regent Hose for Hubby 1 Regent Hose for Hubby 2

BadgerDan’s Vintage Intarsia Socks (aka Regent Hose for Hubby) came out pretty well I think – he just loves them 🙂 This was his anniversary gift this year.

Miss Marple Mystery Socks 1 Miss Marple Mystery Socks 2

The Miss Marple Mystery Socks turned out just as awesome as I thought they would be. Star Athena encouraged us to play with ideas for the toe, so I modified the heel chart to make it work for the toes. (For the record, I omitted the lace pattern on the foot due to gauge issues.) What a great pattern – tons of fun! Thanks Star!

Alien Abduction Socks

These are the Slipstitch Rings Socks I mentioned in the last project post and are knit out of the last of my Fleece Artist “Cosmic Dawn” & the Black Lanett Superwash. I threw in some Acid Green Scheepjes Invicta Extra for good measure.

I call them my “Alien Abduction” socks.

Beam me up! *snicker*

(I swear I had some socks in these colours way back in the 80s…)

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Hmm, what else?

BadgerDan got the matching December Sampler Pillow to go with his Afghan:

December Sampler Pillow w/afghan

I literally used up *every* inch of the yarn to finish that pillow off. Couldn’t have planned it better.

Mayrose Mystery Hat

This is the completed Mayrose Mystery Hat (aka Woolly Wormhead 2009 Mystery Hat “B”) out of Auracania Atacama Alpaca (try and say *that* ten times fast – I dare ya).

The tam is lovely and warm in the alpaca – fabulous drape. Very few designers will get me to do that much Feather & Fan (*not* my favorite lace pattern) – but I love Ruth’s hats to a fault. The “A” pattern – “Everglade” is queued and I’m still trying to decide on a yarn for it.

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Are you guys sitting down?

Good.

‘Cause look what I finished!

Windsbraut Spitzbergen Shawl

The Windsbraut Spitzbergen Shawl!

Not only did I keep up and finish, but it was done and blocked before Yule and I was able to wear to a holiday party the next day!

Squee!

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I’ve needed some little stashbusting comforts for myself during the holiday gift madness – some quick stuff that saved my sanity and made me smile 🙂

Retro Stripe Wrap

Retro Stripe Wrap

Using up some of the soft brushed acrylic from my stash, I chained 200, worked out from the centre and went on instinct for the stripes.

All told, I think it came out quite elegant 🙂

Noro Cabled Mug Cozy

Noro Cabled Mug Cozy

A much needed accessory as my coffee kept going cold!

[Pattern is a slightly modified Cabled Mug Cozy by MyFairKatie and knit entirely while watching “Alice“.]

I also made myself a crazy-ass pair of slippers:

Oriental House Slippers

Using both wool and acrylic stash yarns that really had no purpose. Certainly not the most colour-coordinated project I’ve ever made, but really, does it matter?

These just crack me up to no end and are very warm and cozy.

Chinese Emperor, Ali Baba or Munchkin? You choose (LOL).

[They’re actually called Peter Pan’s Slippers by Gabriela Ordenes.]

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I *can* share a few gifts with you as they have already been received.

Our friend Lou needed a scarf, and I was more than happy to oblige him:

Othello Scarf

Othello Scarf

It’s made out of wool from a frogged Icelandic fair isle sweater and the Windy City Scarf pattern from the Stitch n Bitch Handbook. I’ve made a bunch of these over the years and it still rocks.

Jerry (our electrician buddy) received a manly neckwarmer:

Jerry's Quickie Neckwarmer

This is the Fourteen pattern by the talented John Brinegar. So simple, so fab – and FREE!. The yarn I used really doesn’t show how cool the pattern is – go see his original and be inspired!

I also did a bit of crocheted threadwork and made some snowflake ornaments for our building managers and the lady I cat-sit for.

Triple Crochet Snowflake

Lacy Snowflake

Royal Crown Snowflake

I even put little iridescent beads in the middle 😀 – they thought they were great.

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A little bit more Retro Awesomeness is the fact we were given a *pristine* vintage couch in a rather loud print fabric (totally my colours, but seriously early 70s) and a fabulous solid wood dining set including credenza, hutch and *3* leaves! All this from a neighbour who was moving into a retirement facility. I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to her and hope that the Universe rains many blessings on her.

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This is getting pretty long, so I’ll leave all the yarn pr0n for a later date. In the meantime, have yourselves a wonderful holiday.

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Holiday Wishes

Blessed Yule and Holiday Wishes to you all!

Winter Solstice already? I can hardly believe it!

How this time of year snuck up on me so fast, I have no idea. I’m still frantically working on gifts and hoping they will be done in time. I’ve barely had time to cook, let alone blog!

I promise that I will do a complete update as soon as all the gifts are done (and boy, will it be a good one!)

In the meantime, from our family to yours, however you choose to celebrate the season – we raise our glasses to you all and bid you Peace, Happiness, Warmth, Light and a Bountiful Table.

Blessed Be.

Published in: on December 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment