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.)
Wow. Where to start?
How about some socks…
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.
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!
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…)
Hmm, what else?
BadgerDan got the matching December Sampler Pillow to go with his Afghan:
I literally used up *every* inch of the yarn to finish that pillow off. Couldn’t have planned it better.
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.
Are you guys sitting down?
‘Cause look what I finished!
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!
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 🙂
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 🙂
A much needed accessory as my coffee kept going cold!
I also made myself a crazy-ass pair of 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).
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:
Jerry (our electrician buddy) received a manly neckwarmer:
I also did a bit of crocheted threadwork and made some snowflake ornaments for our building managers and the lady I cat-sit for.
I even put little iridescent beads in the middle 😀 – they thought they were great.
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.
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.