Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ice Storm Knitting

I spent several of my non-electric hours during the long outage between December 11 and 20 knitting hats for Christmas gifts. I had wanted to knit a hat for each of my 6 younger nieces and nephews (there are 2 older ones as well) and managed to accomplish that task. (We won't talk about the IOU I had to send out to my good friend Teri for her knitted Christmas item). I used my basic go-to hat pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and used mainly acrylic & wool blends in hopes that my family would not accidentally turn one into a new felted doll hat.... You'll have to check my Ravelry projects for yarn specifics since I'm too busy trying to catch up, but here are the pics...

Tabitha's in a lovely red & black to match her jacket...
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Jake's with a ribbed cuff...
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Benjamin's also with a ribbed cuff...
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Sam's stripey little number...
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Amber's purplely goodness...
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Austin's black & blue...
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Although they were all very simply knits, I'm happy that each is getting something handmade by Auntie to keep their nogin warm this winter!

I received our very unique custom Christmas ornament from Lynne's Little Creations. Like Chan, I found Lynne when Natalie ordered her custom cake topper (congrats to the new Mr & Mrs by the way!) and started a "I need one of those" trend.

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I absolutely love it! Lynne mangaed to capture our personalities and put lots of great details in there (I would've liked my sweater to be a little less bright, but that's okay... its the sweater). You can click on the picks to enlarge them and check out the details... like the Boston Bruins logo on Matt's hat, the yarn wrapping around Lola from the WIP behind me, the checkered flag in Matt's hand, etc. She hit the nail on the head with the dogs' expressions too - Zeus & Lola's ever happy big smiles, Tut's nervous nelly curious stare and Sophie just being Sophie. Here's the rear view so you can see the WIP....

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Speaking of Chan, we haven't opened the human Christmas gifts yet, but she did send the furbabies a beautiful holiday spread...

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I also received my Dogs on Thursday ornament swap package. I hate to admit it and am sorry to say, but I was rather underwhelmed. The swap had no real parameters for pricing and such, but having done it last year I knew that most people seemed to include some treats & toys for both humans & the dogs. My spoiler sent a little basket with a Santa ornament and some unlabeled (what I assume are) homemade dog treats with no ingredients listed so I'm not even sure my dogs can have them.

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I realized not everyone goes "above & beyond" or has a lot to spend, but I'm mostly disappointed in that the ornament is not at all doggy related.... this was the Dogs on Thurday swap and I spent a great deal of time choosing the right dog related ornament for my pal. Ah well... at least I got to spoil the awesome Sue and her pack in this swap and spoil I did! My package arrived yesterday, a few days late however it could not have arrived at any better time. Yesterday Sue had to say the tough goodbye to the wonderful Monty. The ornament I sent to her will forever be Monty's and there was a book I had included that was very fitting. I'm sure Sue will tell you about it via blog at a later date. In the meantime, hop over and give her some virtual hugs..... May you rest in peace Monty... and may you be enjoying all your friends over the Rainbow Bridge.

7 comments:

Sue said...

Thank you for the special words about Monty. We miss him so dreadfully.

Thank you again for the swap box. You really know how to spoil a girl and her pack.

Channon said...

LOVE the ornament. I think the bright green is ideal if you ever DO use it as an ornament...

I don't think I've shipped anything without ingredients, except to Sue (recently), and that's only because I know her dogs' diets. Sorry...

Turtle said...

So sweet, the gifts! and wow on the hats...very cool ornament! that will be an heirloom no doubt!

Anita said...

The hats are wonderful!! And look at that, you got a custom ornament too, how cute!!! :)

Merry Christmas!!

Dianne said...

Love that ornament! It's perfect. I like the bright green - makes it even more festive.

AllyB said...

Your hats look great! And the clay figure is amazing!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

The ornament is so detailed and terribly cute I love it:)Hugs Darcy

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