Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Very Merry Christmas to You

How are your Christmas preparations coming?  Are you madly dashing from store to store or are you the type to have all of their gifts wrapped before Thanksgiving?  While I can't claim to fall into the latter category, I can say that I am ALL DONE!!  Everything is bought, and wrapped, and labeled, and (in some cases) in the mail to Georgia.  What a relief!

It probably helped that I didn't do much knitting for gifts this year.  Or rather, I built a small stockpile of gifts over the year, making cute accessories out of leftovers from other projects, like this hat for Mary, my sister-in-law, for example:

You might recognize the pattern - it's from a test knit a did for Brooklyn Tweed a couple of years ago, the Seasons Hat.  I just used some of the pretty purple yarns I had lying around from My Favorite Sweater Ever.  If I'm going to be a mad, mad knitting machine, I might as well put the product to good use so that I don't scramble later in the year.  Seriously guys, this Christmas season has been such a breeze compared to earlier years.

Okay okay, I know what you're thinking: get off your soapbox crazy lady and show us the things you did actually knit for this year!  Just some of the prettiest little ornaments you ever did see!!

How cute is he???  I don't know why owls are such a thing this year, but you certainly won't hear me complaining.  (Boy have I got something to show you in my next post!)  This patter is Mini Cordell Xmas Decorations by Knit-a-Zoo.  Mine didn't come out quite as cute - I think it's because I embroidered the pupils on instead of using buttons.  Oh well, something to keep in mind for next time!

And some oldies, but goodies again this year:
Grumpy, the Lump of Coal

The yarn used for all of the above projects is Knit Picks Palette, my favorite workhorse yarn!

And finally, my very favorite project this year: a series of Andy Warhol inspired prints of my sister's dog, Brody.

All I did was take a photo of him, print it, and cut out his silhouette.  I then scanned it in black and white, upped the contrast and printed it out on brightly colored paper.  I easily finished this project in a couple of hours and look how pretty!  I showed the photo to my mother and now she wants one of her dogs - oh boy!

I hope you all have a very Merry and Snowy Christmas!