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Knits to Keep Him Warm

Knits to Keep Him Warm

My Father is almost impossible to buy for when it comes to gifts.  Both of my parents are, really.  Luckily for me, they appreciate the things I make.  This year, for his birthday, I made my Dad a cowl.  It’s the second one I’ve made for him.  The first was a couple of years ago for Fathers’ Day.  After telling me that he wears it all the time through winter, I offered to make him another in a different colour.  Also so if he got one dirty, he could have  a clean one.

My parents are off to the US and Canada for 5 weeks, which co-incides with the mid to late “Fall” season.  So to make sure that his head would stay as toasty as his neck, I offered to make him a matching beanie.  I started, and finished it today.  Simple top down construction, with a LOT of 2×2 ribbing.

He loves it.


It’s nice when people appreciate the time and work that goes into handmade gifts.

Christmas 2011 Wrap Up

Christmas 2011 Wrap Up

I usually post about what gifts I’ve made at for Christmas.  The plain fact is that this year, I didn’t make any.  We bought gifts this year, which was so much less stressful!  I may make gifts for next year, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Junior Navy Bendigo Yarn

I did, however, receive some wonderful things this year that I think deserves some air time.

My husbands extended family bought me the yarn for my 2012 projects, which was superbly awesome.  Bendigo Luxury in Junior Navy in both DK and Fingering weight (8ply and 4ply), with enough yardage for my cardi, hat and gloves.

big_book_of_knitted_monstersI also got Rebecca Danger’s Monster book!  So excited!  I may have enough left to make myself a matching monster.  I enjoyed making her Hippo so much that I see monsters scattered throughout my house in the future.


blindsideMy husband did really well this year.  There’s usually a time of anxiety prior to Christmas when he tries to surprise me, to which the normal answer is for me to choose my gifts instead.  This year, he went and bought me something anyway. And there it sat, under the tree for almost a week.  In different wrapping paper, so it was like a big flashing sign saying “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM!!!”.  Luckily for me (and for him), I DID love it.  One of my favourite movies, The Blind Side, on Blu Ray.

Bag of AwesomesauceSo as not to break a long standing tradition, however, I did find myself in need of a new bag by Christmas, and I wasn’t going to get the Bag of Holding that I wanted due to exorbitant shipping fees (and the fact it wouldn’t have arrived by Christmas.. plus the husband already has one, so it would be wierd).  I actually found something a couple of days before Christmas, which ticked all the boxes.  It’s big enough for my phone, tablet, wallet, keys, makeup, knitting, waterbottle and a sandwich.  It’s canvas and neutral coloured (and kind of looks like the little sister to the Bag of Holding).  It has lots of pockets, internal and external, so it also fits my son’s medications if I need to carry them.  It is awesome.

My In-Laws have said they will forgo a Christmas gift for me this year to help me get the spinning wheel I want for my Birthday in February.. YAY!  I also got some money from my parents to put towards this.

I think all in all I did very well this year, I love everything and appreciate that the people in my life have been so thoughtful.

Well, What Can I Say?

Well, What Can I Say?

I seem to ebb and flow with my posting, don’t I?  I’ll be happily posting away, and then life throws me a curve ball and everything, especially my blog, suffers.

I have been busy, with preparations for Christmas, wrapping up my son’s school year and generally keeping my head above the proverbial  water.

Star by BexreindeerornamentI have been to a Not-Quite-High-Tea with a group of Sydney knitters, at which we had an ornament swap. I made a hyperbolic ball and a cross stitched reindeer ornament, which Lyn happened to choose. I picked up a gorgeous knitted star made by the awesomesauce Bex. It has pride of place on our little tree.

I have revisited my holiday season knitting, and the lace shawl isn’t happening right now. I have decided, instead, to continue my Nuvem shawl, as it’s easy and I really don’t have to think about it. Plus it’s red….

Tree 2011

My friend Lisa and I did a mini present swap for Christmas, too. The idea was that we’d spend around $20 on 1 metre of quilting fabric to send to each other to make a bag or something out of it. Lisa (and her son) made a great choice for me. I LOVE IT! I wasn’t so lucky with finding fabric that was perfect for her. I *did* find something else that was awesome. Lisa is a bit of a Tim Burton fangirl, and we have a great figurine shop not too far away that happened to have the ideal gift. A Jack Skellington dressed as Santa figurine set. JACKPOT. Total bonus is that she loves it.

Here is our humble tree.  We have two, one is 5 foot, and this one is a tiny 3 foot one.  Just big enough for a side table in the loungeroom.  Perfect for when we don’t really have the room to put up the bigger one.  Poor thing is more gifts than actual tree.  And yes, we have a tree tree-topper.  Stick one of the globes of the fairy lights in it and it glows.  I’d like to have more hand made ornaments, and who knows… maybe next year I will.

Apart from that, it’s been life as usual.  I hope to have more to blog about soon, but I know that next year will bring lots of projects and many more posts.

From my family to yours, have a marvelous holiday season.  Stay safe and be good to each other.