What Really Happened…

Ok, once more with feeling…shall we? (WordPress…has been hateful for the last 20 minutes. We won’t talk about it though.)

Ok. SO. Now that the holiday season is mostly behind us, let’s recap what REALLY happened with the Christmas Knitting, shall we?

So here is the list that was on the sidebar of my blog as it stood for my last post on November 29th-ish. (Yeah I’ve been a slacker on posting.)

1. Scarf for Aunt S – DONE
2. Mittens for Aunt C – DONE
3. Mittens for ? – DONE
4. Mittens for ?? – DONE
5. Socks for Jo – Halfway!
6. Shawl for Baw-Baw – Started
7. Scarf for BT – Started
8. Socks for Aunt Cy – Halfway!!
9. Ruffle Scarf for CL – Not Started
10. Socks for Dad – Not Started (May not happen)
11. Hat for RB – DONE
12. Mittens for Nemo – DONE
13. Cowl for LT – Not Started
14. Hat for K – Not Started (but I bought yarn!)
15. Mittens for HL – Not Started

 

And here is what really happened as of gift-giving time:

1. Scarf for Aunt S – DONE
2. Mittens for Aunt C – DONE
3. Mittens for ? – DONE
4. Mittens for ?? – DONE
5. Socks for Jo – Halfway! Still…only one sock done. She may kill me soon.
6. Shawl for Baw-Baw – DONE
7. Scarf for BT – Started…but on hold until next year. She got ENOUGH presents.
8. Socks for Aunt Cy – Over halfway!!! On the heel of the second sock!!!
9. Ruffle Scarf for CL – Not Started…and not happening
10. Socks for Dad – Not Started and not happening
11. Hat for RB – DONE
12. Mittens for Nemo – DONE
13. Cowl for LT – Turned in to Earwarmers and – DONE
14. Hat for K – DONE
15. Mittens for HL – DONE

 

So…10 out of 15 were accomplished. 11 if you count the two socks for different people as half finished projects and put them together and make a whole project. Hehe. So the grand count for Christmas 2011 will be 12 projects once these last socks are finished and shipped off. The 3 people who didn’t get knit-gifts didn’t suffer much though. CL didn’t know she was getting anything and still doesn’t so if I ever finish it…she’ll be ecstatic. Dad got cookware which thrills him no-end. Then BT….BT will survive if she doesn’t get knit-wear this season. I assure you.

Out of my 63 projects on Ravelry…I own 3. Beth has at least 6 to her name. So she has more of my handknits than any other human being. She also has my largest and most time consuming project…so she will be ok if she doesn’t get something knitted this year. She got a crapton of stuff because she’s SO easy to buy for.

But let’s go to the pictures, shall we!?

Christmas Knits!

Christmas Knits 2011

 

Top Row, L to R: Aunt’s Sock and Jo’s Sock. Kim’s Asshat, HL’s Mittens (there were 2, I swear). Aunt Co’s Mittens.

Middle Row, L to R: AB’s mittens, RB’s hat, Ja’s Mittens, LT’s headband

Bottom Row L to R: Ke’s Mittens, Grandma’s Shawl, Aunt S’s Scarf.

 

TADA!!!! Christmas 2011 complete.

Then….I knit THESE!!!!!!!

My first mittens that I get to keep!!!

My first mittens that I get to keep!!!

 

I’ve made 6 or so pairs of mittens…and these are MINE!!!!! I’m excited to wear them when/if it ever gets cold. Right now…I think winter forgot us…which kind of strikes terror in to my knitterly heart.

 

So, how about you? How was your Christmas Knit-List? Did it happen? Still working? (Someone HAS to be working still…I can’t be alone….can I?!?!?)

Let me know how it went! And watch for my upcoming sheep to….hat post. 🙂

Happy New Knits!

Ahhhhhhh. Freedom.

Are we all free from our Christmas Knitting?!?!

You are? That’s awesome!!! I hate you.

I still have 2, possibly 3 projects to go. But seriously, I completed 14 out of 16 projects by Christmas. I win, ok?

Here’s the final set of Completed Christmas Knitting…

So…from top left, across and so on we have…

  1. Beth and Kelly both got purple waffle hats with some super yarn from my good friend Natasha at Unplanned Peacock.
  2. Beth’s son got a simple gray hat in Cascade 220. He’s 1, so he doesn’t care much for fashion.
  3. Laura’s fiancee, Henry got a nice warm Virginia Tech colored hat. Double stranded the yarn and killed my hands on that little gem.
  4. Aunt Connie got a nice Rollin Beret, pattern from Woolly Wormhead, yarn was Malibrigo. She should feel special.
  5. Next up we have a simple I-cord hat for my nephew, Miles. Yarn is cascade eco which I then hand dyed.
  6. Following his hat is a wash cloth for grandma. Grandmothers have EVERYTHING and mine won’t wear hats, scarves, or anything else I could think of to knit…so she got practical gifts.
  7. Carly’s Pink Scarf was my first attempt at cables and has literally been in the works since last year. FINALLY done with that monster. Made with Cascade Eco, one of my favorite yarns. It’s cheap and you get a metric TON!
  8. Finishing out the second row we have a hat for my niece, Charlotte. This is the Jester Hat by Woolly Wormhead. The yarn is Cascade Eco which I dyed in my “Skittles” colorway.
  9. Now we have my cousin Jamie holding up her new Skinny Scarf. Made with more Unplanned Peacock and Cascade 220.
  10. Next is another washcloth for Grandma. Next year hopefully I can get her to wear a sweater I knit. We shall see.
  11. Then…we have the bane of my existence. My dad wanted a cat sweater. Seriously? He is a grown, over 50 male and he wants me to knit his CAT a sweater. So I did. The cat was about as thrilled as I was.
  12. Then Aunt Sarah, who thinks she’s allergic to wool *HA*, got some lovely hand knit socks which she modeled the rest of the day. Allergic, my ass.
  13. Laura…got one of the un-finished projects. She got one sock for Christmas and will be getting the second sock for her birthday which is in January. 🙂 It worked out well for me.
  14. Last we have Aunt Cynthia and her new Quick Cowl with, what’s that? More Unplanned Peacock!

So. That’s our Christmas Knit List. Unfinished are Mom’s Citron Shawl, Laura’s Second Sock, and a hat for Kim. Kim may get a different present, because I am all knit-out when it comes to other people.

Seriously, is anyone else sick of knitting for other people? I don’t want to have friends anymore, because I am so tired of knitting things that I don’t get to keep and enjoy!

According to Ravelry, I’ve knit around 40 projects. I currently own 4 items that I hand knit. 4 out of 40. I keep one tenth of what I knit. That’s sad. As a knitter, I have virtually NOTHING to show the world that yes, I knit all the damn time!

I have one hat, one scarf…oh wait…2 scarves. Whoops. Ok but still! One hat, 2 scarves, and 2 pair of socks! That’s it! I seriously need more knit-wear so I can prove that…I know how to do this! My friend Beth now has a scarf and hat for herself that I knit, and two hats for her son. She has almost as much of my knitted love and labor as I do! OH WAIT, she also has a baby blanket which she FELTED. She has waaay more hours of my time in her hands than I do.

What is WRONG with me? Why do I knit and knit and knit and knit…then just hand it off? Why do I give away all proof that I know how to knit? What kind of person spends 35 hours stitching away on a pair of socks that they will never wear?? I knit my first-EVER hand spun in to something (really dumb) for my ex. WHEN WE WERE ALREADY BROKEN UP!!!

Clearly….we knitters have problems.

So this year, I’ve decided to spend at least half my knitting-time making something for ME. It’s MY turn to have hand-knit gifts. It’s MY turn to show off my knitting skills. MINE. ME. MYSELF.

My yarn!

My handspun!

My hand dyed!

I’ve already made the list for Christmas 2011. Who am I kidding?

However I did make my first mitten. And it is mine.

One Mitten for ME!

One Mitten for ME!

So we shall see. Maybe I’ll get a few knitted items to keep for myself. Or at least I’ll get a second mitten.

I hope.

Happy New Knits!