Sunday, December 30, 2007

Are you glad Christmas craziness is over?

Well I thought I'd go ahead and post something since it's been another million years since my last one. I thought I'd show some of the items that I made for Christmas gifts.

Here they are...

This first one is for our mail lady Shawn. She does an awesome job every year for us and is such a nice person. I hope these will help keep her wrists and a good part of her hands warm while she is delivering mail each day. She's also getting a bottle of Champagne and some votive and candles. The pattern is Fetching by Cheryl Niamath. The yarn is Debbie Mumm's Traditions. I didn't really care for the yarn it was a little too squirrely and high maintenance for me. I hope that it will wash and wear well for Shawn. I would hate to stop getting my mail.

Here is a photo of my mom's purse I made prior to felting it. I forgot to take a finished photo but it is most definitely finished and happily being used by my mom. I'd like to sew in a lining and do some other things to it but I think my mom is enjoying using it. She chose the color. It wasn't my choice. The pattern is Winter Berries by Noni. The patterns are very easy to follow and the purses knit up fairly quickly. I used Cascade 220 double stranded. I ended up using 6 skeins.

Here is Amanda's ruffly scarf prior to felting it. I again forgot to take a finished photo of it. I wasn't as thrilled with the way it turned out. I was hoping for a little more ruffle and sass. I'll have to make sure there is more gathers in the scarf if I ever attempt this again. I left the burgundy part unruffled so that it would be easier to wear but after it came out, I think it it would've been fine with a ruffle. Amanda seemed to like it well or else she was just trying to make me feel better about it. :) This is my "pattern". I use that word loosely since it wasn't a pattern, I just cast on and knit knit knit, purl, purl, purl until you get an extremely long piece of stockinette. The yarn is a Navajo Wool that I purchase from Jennings Street Yarn in FTW.

I made 4 work aprons for my mother-in-law. She was needing some new ones since she had worn out the other 2 that she had. She began stapling the finishing trim to the main apron so it was more than time for some new ones. I think I'll end up making another one or two aprons in addition to these four and possibly repair the two that she gave to work a pattern from.

Ok here is the final thing. I gave my hubby's cousin an engagement session before Christmas. She and her fiance have been together for two years and hadn't had any formal photos taken. I surprised her on Christmas day with this framed & matted photo along with some 4x6 proofs. I gave her mom & dad (Rob's aunt & uncle) a 5x5 print in a matted frame.

So there it is a finished blog post by me! WOW! That didn't take long maybe I'll actually try to do it more often. Oh hell, let's make a New Year's Resolution to make a blog post at least once every two weeks. I would say once a week but let's be real people, I haven't been able to post more than once every 6 months or so. I think bi-weekly may just work and if not I can always fall back on once a month. I think I can I think I can I think I can.......