We love doing an advent calendar in our house. After our house fire the wooden one we had died. My hubby wanted a bigger advent calendar as well... So I decided to make 25 mittens. Now they aren't real sized (they are a little small). But they are mittens none the less. I've finished 6 mittens and am working on 7. I hope to have these done before I loose steam!
Happy New Year Eve!!
Started on December 19 and finished tonight December 24th. A little Christmas Eve knitting!
I used 2 skeins of Rowan Handknit Cotton with size 8 needles.
The cool thing with this pattern is that there is space in the back side for a diaper.
This little stuffed animal came as a kit. Here is what all the pieces looked like. It was a whole day to assemble this bad boy.
Project Details: Kit from KnitWhits. I used nearly all the yarn that was provided. I started on December 17th and finished on December 18th. A full day of putting the whole thing together. I thought this might come out smaller - but it was a larger than I figured from the photos. I used size 8 needles. The only thing I didn't do was to put the ears on (I thought it was pretty cute without them). This is currently stuffed into our little girls stocking.
I'll try to get some better photos - but the light and the "helper" cat seem to not want to work.
Project Details: A free Debbie Bliss pattern. Started on December 2nd and finished on December 10th this was a fast little knit. It uses an aran weight yarn (which I think helps). It is knit flat from the bottom up and then just seamed under the arms and down the sides (which was pretty cool). I used Universal Yarn (which is machine washable and feels amazing). Here are my notes from Ravelry and what I learned with this pattern (could be my poor reading of the pattern or a bug): "Once you cast off the stitches for the neck you continue for the arms (I did both arms at the same time by using two skeins of yarn). The pattern says Shape Sleeve (this is where the issue was for me). It says to cast off 4 times. This cast off should be done near the edge of the sleeve (wrist edge) - I got this messed up. Next you are suppose to do 34 rows over the 16 sts. These 34 rows make up the right and left from panels of the sweater. I hope this helps someone else so they don't end up frogging like I did." Other than this small issue with the pattern it was quick and fun.
In the middle of holiday baking I decided to make a baby quilt.
Project Details: I bought the monkey panel a long time ago. I've never used a panel before and had no idea how to work with it. I found a pattern I liked. But then once I read it I decided I didn't want to make it. I finally picked some Dr. Seuss fabric for the edge and some soft fleece for the back. I decided to only quilt the edge fabric (as I didn't want to mess up the cool panel). I picked a variegated thread that was silk. All of these decisions (plus wanting to do a rolled binding) bit me in the butt!
The thread kept breaking. The backing wanted to bunch and the binding was a massive pain. My hubby says the kids will pee, pooh and vomit on it - so he isn't worried. But I'm using it as a quilt learning experience. Things I won't do again!!
Project Details: Started yesterday and finished today. Fast, easy, love it! I used yarn that Anne gave me a while ago. The colors and style reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake. Size 3 dpns were used and no other changes made! The hat is called Knotted Newborn.
Project Details: Another pair of holiday gift mitts. I used Elsebeth Lavold Angora and started them on November 27th - finishing today December first. I know, getting close to the holidays. Size 6 needles and a little fun color for trim. I really do love this pattern!
I'm a knitter and a lover of all fiber arts. Could there be enough time in the day to design and knit everything you want?? I keep busy by being outside, getting into trouble, and being a general good pain in the ass!