FO Friday: Stocking for Leland

The latest stocking project has been finished and shipped off to it’s new home and so I can share it here with you!IMG_6063

This is the third stocking I’ve knit and the first for someone I’m not related to (that last bit put more pressure on me for some reason – family can love the quirks that come with handmade things, but can strangers?).IMG_6055

Knit with a variety of worsted weight yarns – white acrylic, red and green KnitPicks Swish and some tweedy brown – it was a fairly quick knit even though the stocking measures about 20″ long.  The recipient/gift giver requested something classic and clean, she likes deer, trees and wanted the kiddo’s name on it but other than that gave me creative license.IMG_6056

I really like the stripey garter bits at the cuff, heel and toe combined with the crisp white and simple colorwork.  I added the name with duplicate stitch on the way to and from snowboarding on Thanksgiving.IMG_6057

Have you finished anything lately? Are you working on holiday stuff?

WIP Wednesday: Started Something New

The Holidays are swiftly approaching and although we might not want to admit it, time stops for no one.  The snow has finally begun to arrive here in Colorado and that’s what makes it real for me – seeing the white stuff blow around outside.IMG_5854

I started a new project this week – another stocking!  This one isn’t for anyone in my own family, rather the new grandson of my Dad’s coworker.  I’m using some stash white and Knit Picks Swish in classic red and green.IMG_5859

The stocking will feature the little guy’s name (to be added with duplicate stitch at the end) along with some traditional tree and deer motifs underneath.

Are you working on holiday things? Gifts? Decorations?

FO Friday: The Stocking

I did happen to finish that stocking I was working on over the weekend while I was hanging out with my family enjoying my little younger brother’s graduation from college.

It’s not the greatest colorwork I’ve ever done and I see all the imperfections but I’m overall happy with it and I hope the family is as well!IMG_2326

I made up the charts for the deer and kind of made up the pattern for the entire stocking as I went along, toe-up, using stash yarn and I think it was a pretty great success!

Have you finished anything recently?

WIP Wednesday: The Final Christmas Gift (probably)

The biggest holiday of the year (in many circles, at least) is coming up in just 2 weeks and I’m wrapping up what will hopefully (probably….maybe….) be the last gift I knit this season.  Although with two weeks left, there’s a chance that my knitter’s brain will decide that that’s clearly plenty of time to whip up something else, right?IMG_2219

My nephew received a handknit stocking for his 2nd Christmas (he was only a few weeks old for his first, I didn’t stand a chance…and no, I don’t want to hear about how I probably had a few months worth of notice prior to his arrival) and since my niece was born at the beginning of this year, she will get hers for her first go-round.IMG_2222

The first stocking for Maddox was knit cuff down and I made up the pattern along the way with plenty of colorwork ending with a pretty sizable finished stocking (more room for little gifts!).???????????????????????????????

This second stocking for Zaynah was knit from the toe up with a pattern I made up along the way and slightly less colorwork but ended up being pretty big again.

I hope they both get lots of love for years and years and years to come!

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What are you working on this week?  Are you wrapping up (or starting) anymore holiday gifts?

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?

Holiday Touches

I just wanted to share some of the Holiday Touches that can be found around my parent’s home during this time of year.

All Lined Up

We joke that we don’t have any traditions but the warm, cozy feelings associated with being around the people you love and who love you are a yearly constant and they’re enough for me 🙂

The Pups Get Dolled Up Too
Candle-y Canes

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting

Welcome to WIP Wednesday!

This week I’ve actually got three projects going, the two from last week and I’ve actually made progress on some Christmas knitting I may have mentioned a while back…

This sweater is finally on the needles and your eyes are now feasting on a good inch of the back.

yes, an inch counts as a feast

I’m going to share the progress of this sweater briefly here but as it is a gift for someone who may or may not read this blog, much of the details will be kept on Ravelry.

What are you knitting this week?  To check out more WIPs, hop on over to Tami’s blog!