Hey guys! You still there? I know it's been a long time. I'll try to make up for lost time with lots 'o knitting! It's a holiday wrap... not to be confused with holiday rap.
This year I decided to only knit for those that would truly appreciate a handmade gift. Sounds like common sense right? Well, maybe if you're a sane and rational person, but I whole-heartedly refuse to behave in either fashion. After years of gifting hand knits to those that would rather receive a Tim Hortons gift card, it took incredible restraint to slash my knit -gift list to nearly nuthin'. In the end, it saved me both time and heartache. Is there anything worse than sweating over a hand-made gift that barely gets a thanks? I'd rather spend my time knitting extra special things for extra special people!
Special person #1: Mum!
Mums are hard-wired to love any gift crafted by their children. It would have been a lot easier to
make her a macaroni necklace but these socks will do a better job of keeping her feet toasty.
The b.f.'s mum, Maggi was gifted a pair of the same socks. Socks so nice I knit 'em twice! Perhaps I should have included instructions to wear them on your feet. Har-har!
This cabled pillow I knit way back when, has finally found it's home at my brothers house. The sad array of pillows on my own couch solidifies the fact that I knit many more nice things for others than I do myself. At least I can rest soundly knowing my bro can dispose of the sad, bedraggled pillow I knit him years ago as a less experienced knitter. ( I should have taken a picture of that old beast, but trust me; it's a atrocious.)
There wasn't just knitting under the 'ole tree this year either - we had the raw goods too!
My Mum fell in love with Patons Silk Bamboo at her local yarn store and picked up a few balls with no particular plan. She ended up deciding to make a granny square blanket and just buy more yarn as she went along. (I think Mum prefers fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants projects to meticulously planned ones.) With my Patons blog connections I procured enough yarn to keep her little hands busy all during the holidays. Yay!
With Mum re-stocked in the yarn department it was time to fill a few holes in my stash.
You give some yarn, you get some yarn. Mum picked me up some Noro and a great cherry red bag to put it in! She crocheted, and I spent a lot of time curled up on a sheepskin knitting a last minute gift:
More on that gift later. I hope you all had a great Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Whatever!