November 30, 2012

Christmas Knitting

It's that time of year again...  The time of year that I feel simultaneously loved and abused by my entire family.   Every time I think I'm finished with my Christmas list, my mom adds another relative who told her they really wanted to be on the Knit List this year.  Last year I knit for 26 people.  Twenty.  Six.  It was crazy.

I cut the list back extensively this year.  I'm knitting for maybe seven or eight people.  Even with the cutbacks, I am still nowhere near done with my Christmas knitting.  That's probably because my sister requires three items.  Christmas, her birthday, and her college graduation all in one month.  I have finished one of her gifts though!

Happy socks!  Made in Knit Picks Felici self-striping sock in Afternoon using the Socks 101 pattern from Knitty.  I love this yarn so much.  It makes such great, vibrant socks.  Plus, being able to actually wear them around and throw them in the washing machine helps a lot!

I've knit my dad a hat for ever holiday for the past 6 years.  He has well over 20 hats.  I am the Mad Hatter, after all.  This year, I decided to do something a little different.  I'm sure you guys have already seen the amazing Alex Tinsley's Howlcat, the hat that is also a cowl.  Or is it a cowl that's also a hat?

Made with Madelinetosh vintage in Steamer Trunk and Madelinetosh tosh merino light in Moorland, and modeled ever-so-sweeetly by Jonathan.  

Some socks for my boss using the Socks 101 pattern again. (Truthfully, I've never tried another sock pattern.  I really should branch out my sock game one day...)  They were too big for my tiny feet so I couldn't take a picture of them on, but I swear they are super cute!

I made this hat for the other pharmacist I work with.  It's another Alex Tinsley pattern Maelstrom Beret in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Healther.  The skein didn't have quite enough yardage to make the hat, so I had to do the decreases early, making it more beanie than beret, but that's okay.  It's still pretty cute!

And that's what I've got done right now.  I still have a ton left to finish before December 25th.  I also have finals next week and the family Christmas card to draw the week after.  Feel free to place your bets on me losing my mind before this is all over!

I guess when all the gifts on my Knit List are all unwrapped and worn, it will be worth all the stress.  I am very lucky my family and friends appreciate hand knits enough to request items from me instead of wrinkling their noses at yet another knit hat.

...but this is still a lot of knitting to do.  Oh man, oh god, oh man.  I'm going to breathe now and get it done.  I'll see you guys later!

P.S.  I've got one of those Tumblr things now if you are interested in pictures of my WIPs and cat.  ♥