A Closing Celebration

This is it!  The last day of 2012, the last day to use my coupon, but tomorrow we’ll wake up to something totally new and exciting!  (But don’t we do that everyday?)DSCN0465

Enjoy the rest of today with people that make you happy, knit something soothing, have a drink (or two, or three) and some tasty food.???????????????????????????????

We’ll be back tomorrow!

Christmas Gift Round Up 2: Knick Knack Knucks for the Mister

Originally, I’d planned on making my guy a hat, but after hanging out with him on a few chilly days, I learned that he had a “favorite” hat and there was no way I even wanted to pretend to compete with that.  The next best thing?  Knucks to match his “favorite” hat (he’d mentioned once how he thought mine were cool – gift idea stowed instantly).  I used the same pattern, my Knick Knack Knucks pattern, to make his pair with a few modifications.DSCN0245

In order to match his hat as best I could, and in an effort to be sneaky about it, I based the patterning on this photo, zooming in as far as I could:0812021829

His hands are fairly similar in size to mine, so that was easy-ish as far as sizing the mitts went and I used Frog Tree yarn for the main part of the glove.  I’d never used the yarn before, but it’s so soft and luxurious!  Surely he’ll love them, no?  The contrasting colors were stash yarns.

I didn’t have enough to knit two mitten flaps out of the red so I knit them using the white/grey as the main color and I really like the contrast!DSCN1662

I also gave him thumb flaps so he can use his phone with the mitts on if he wants to, that’s one thing my mitts don’t have and sometimes I wish they did.  I added little dark grey buttons to the wrist bands, wove in some ends and they were done!  More Ravelry details here.they fit!

Again, the only thing I had to stress over was whether or not they would fit.

Are you doing a Christmas gift round up yet? I want to see what everyone else made 😀

Christmas Gift Round Up 1: The Deathflake Beanie

My little brother is a quintessential 21 year old male.  He skates, he snowboards, he goes to college and works his butt off holding down a job or two on the side.  He likes all things that are “cool” but totally stands out in his own way.  There was no doubt in my mind that this would be the perfect motif for him.DSCN1632

I wanted to make him something that would keep him warm while snowboarding, was unique but not *too* out there.  Something functional but not boring.

Originally I’d wanted to just do two colors, the darker and lighter blues but ran out of the lighter blue two rounds before the colorwork ended.  I had to rip back and with the help of my mister, decided to keep the skull in the light blue while starting the new “flaky” part in a rusted brown/orange color to finish off the beanie.

I used stash yarns, acquired long ago probably in the mix of pounds and pounds and pounds of fiber scored in a thrift store who didn’t know the gem contained with the 5 (five!) garbage bags I left with.  When the hat was complete, I added a crocheted border and braids at the bottoms of the earflaps.  More Ravelry details here.DSCN1639

After the knitting was done all that was left to worry about was whether or not it fit.IMG_7081

It fits!

More gift knitting round ups to come!

New Camera Process

When a person gets a new camera, there are a certain set of steps that usually follow.

She takes pictures of things and people she loves.  Some don’t talk back and just soak up the attention.IMG_6991.CR2

Others get bored much more quickly and just want to play with the toys.IMG_6993

Humans tend to give a similar reaction.IMG_6966.CR2

Actual content to return to the blog soon, more playing with the new cameratoy first though.

Last Minute Gift Cast On

One final gift to cast on and have complete before I head south tomorrow:DSCN1669

So far I’ve battled the chronic illness following me all season – yarn shortage, but I believe I’ve learned how to come out on top with this beast, lots of practice and thinking on one’s feet will do that to ya.DSCN1670

How many more gifts do you have on the needles?

Gift Knitting

The hat is done, it gets it’s own story and blog post, it wasn’t without a few complications but it turned out well I think.DSCN1639

I just hope it fits the recipient and that he wears it often.

The other gift is almost complete and must be all the way finished before I head south on Friday.  I don’t see any further complications with this one.DSCN1656

It looks as if I picked just the right colorways and amounts of each yarn, judging on the miniscule amount of yardage leftover:DSCN1658

How is your gift knitting coming along?

Pre-Holiday Juice Cleanse

After having a full-pig-out weekend with my honey in town, my body needs a reboot.  What better time than right before I head south to spend the holidays with family and friends?

I just got back from the produce section (really, didn’t go anywhere else in the store haha) and am ready to cleanse my body in full before (trying really hard not to) do it all again!DSCN1643

I’m not planning on doing a juice-only diet, rather mostly juice with other liquid supplements and the occasional “real” food if I have things in the house that need to be eaten before I leave town.  What did I come back with?

  • lots of apples
  • grapes
  • lemons
  • spinach
  • kale
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • a huge knob of ginger

So far today I made a juice with spinach, grape, apple and ginger – what I had on hand before I went to the store.  If you want, I can give a rundown of what I drink/eat and how I feel everyday, just let me know what you want to know in the comments!

What are you doing to prepare for the holidays?

Recap: Knit & Sip

Tuesday evening I taught 9 brand new knitters a post-apocalyptic life skill.  Call me an enabler, a pusher, heck, a dealer even, but this is one addiction that’s laden with benefits.

The goal was to tech them how to make a tiny scarf and hat set to adorn their favorite (alcoholic or non) bottle. (Mine happen to be of the alcoholic variety).DSCN1607

I really do love teaching knitters, my nervous excitement is too positive a feeling.  Any negative nerves were induced by driving and parking anxieties (a topic for another time…or not).

The class was held at a coffee and booze shop called Hooked on Colfax in Denver and although I’d never been to this venue before, I totally love it and would hang out there regularly were it not for the aforementioned anxieties because it is so far from where I currently live.  DSCN1619

Around 6, the students started rolling in and once everyone was seated with their beverage of choice, we began.  DSCN1622 DSCN1621 DSCN1620

By the end of the evening, many had half a scarf completed and they all had personal charm from the colors that were chosen, to the creative increases and decreases that are standard amongst first (second, third, fourth, twenty-eighth) timers.  Some even had finished pieces:DSCN1623

I hope the students had as much fun as I did, really really.  Learning to teach is almost as difficult as learning the thing being taught, constructive advice is always welcome!

WIP Wednesday

I’ve got so much to do, samples to finish, things to edit and yet somehow, some way, I’m finding myself working on gift projects too.

Because I can’t show you the samples or the edits, I’ll share some of the gift projects that are on the go.

A hat for a certain little brother:DSCN1626

Some of these for my squeeze:DSCN1630

I’m pretty sure the former doesn’t read the blog, but I know the latter one checks it out on occasion, so skip to the project page for that one to see a smidge more detail.

Now, I need to put the gifts away and work on workstuff. After this row…

Linking up with Tami 🙂