Feelin’ Surprisingly Chill

I’m pretty sure I should be freaking out with anxiety-itis about now, but…nope.

Believe it or not, I’ve got things under control. Never mind that I just cast on my final Xmas gift today – I’ve got it in hand (literally – it’s a pair of fingerless gloves).

Last week, however, was a different story. Hence, the missed post last Sunday. Oh wells. I feel a smidge guilty about it, but the sky didn’t fall, so…we move on.

Here’s a few things I’ve been up to in the last fortnight:

Last year, my Wicked Step-Mother (aka WSM, and not a wicked bone in her body) gave me a variation of this ornament. Actually, she gave me two.

As I placed them on the tree this year, and marveled at their kniterly perfection, I realized that I could most certainlylikelypostively figure out how to duplicate them, AND that they would make perfect gifts for my knitter students at the office – especially since I had purchased a giant box full of blank ornaments intended for the lacy ones I feebly attempted a couple posts back.  Realizing I would need the tiny needles, which, after careful inspection, I realized were merely fancy toothpicks, I called on my buddy Amazon and ordered up 360 of the little suckers.

I was set!

That is, until I dug through my stash and found…nothing worthy. I wanted sparkly. I wanted fluffy. I needed fingering weight-ish. Didn’t exist. Yes, I could have shopped, but there really wasn’t time for that. So, I dug a bit deeper and found some Xmasy colors in a box of leftovers, repurposed the ball of Kidsilk Haze I bought to make the lace ornaments, and, by way of a flash of inspiration, scavanged my cross stitch supplies and found some gold, bronze, and silver blending filament.

For about two seconds, I contemplated knitting directly on the toothpicks. Nopeity-nope: too small, too rough, too short. Sheer madness. Turns out my 2.5 mm Addi Lace circs were parfait. So, with one strand each of the color, the Haze, and the blending filament, I went to town. A couple of fumbly attempts later, I had it down. Much to my delight, the little suckers only take about 20 mins from start to finish. Whoop whoop! Four days later, I had finished 20 of them.


They were such a hit with my studientos, that I’ve made four more since for some muggles (non-knitters) who gushed over them.

I lurve them very much. I’ll crank out a few for myself, when I’ve got time.

 

 

 

The cuteness is a little overwheming, I know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND, I have something for the Cast Off department that’s been lingering in WIPPING for some while:

The Mason’s hat is Ta-Da!

I was having my doubts – it was taking forever to knit in 2×2 rib, and it seemed like it was going to be waaaaay toooo big. I just wasn’t sure I was feeling it.

Then, something magical happened…as I worked the crown shaping, it all came together and I started to like it, and like it some more, and the like it reallyreally a lot.

It’s ribby, squooshy, cabley deliciousness. However, heed this warning: THIS IS NOT A QUICK KNIT. Be certain that the recipient is worthy before committing to gifting this project.

As a bonus, the crown looks pretty cool, amiright?

Now, I just need to finish the Traverse mitts in the same yarn (this be what I cast on today) and I’m done this stellar gift! Wheee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s actually more, but I big time need to get back to my needles tonight. Tick tock and all.

Hope you all have a super duper Merry Christmas, for those who celebrate such a thing, or a peaceful, relaxing day off, for those who don’t.

Next post will be tardy, as Sunday falls on Christmas Day, but I’ll do my best to get to it Boxing Day-ish.

I hope Santa brings you yarn xo

Cheers,

Knicoleknits

Brace yourself…

I made some ultra cute stuff this week. Seriously…you’re going to die.

I won’t even bother with a bunch of pre amble. Words can’t.

Here’s the knitted one:

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This is Pug With Anorak by Barbara Prime from her book, Fuzzy Knits. Bursting at the seams with so much adorable, it should be illegal. I even managed to accidentally make articulated arms and legs. That’s why he poses like a supermodel.

I took him to work last week to show my students and couldn’t let him out of my sight. Peoples were agog. They either wanted to steal him or buy him. I respectfully declined both options.

I will be sending him to a new home soon, but he has many friends in that amazing book, so some of them may end up adopted by moi, myself, and I. And, of course, I see many a sweet toy in my grandbaby’s futures. They are most worthy.

Now, this is the not-knitted one:

 

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I bought this fluffy little needle felted hedgehog Dimensions kit on Amazon. There is something so very satisfying about the speed and repeated stabbing involved in needle felting. Inevitable finger punctures aside, I really dig manipulating raw wool roving into cool things. About a million years ago (okay, three or fourish), I made these little otter buddies:

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I get happy just looking at them hugging their orangey starfish. don’t you? Next time you need a quick fix of adorable, try needle felting. It’s da bomb.

All other WIP projects played hookey while I was in critter creation mode this week, so this is the end of my report.

I hope you had a great week too, and your shopping and/or holiday knitting is getting done without <too> much stress and angst.

THAT day is coming closer…and closer…and closer…

Keep clicking,

Knicoleknits