My first post today showed the intangible gifts…
Second post today: all about the tangibles!
Lolly got lucky this year with some really great gifts!
Here are the *knitty* gifts I got from my family. (I also got some great non-knitty things – next entry!) I have been dropping some serious hints to Mr. Kris about AlterKnits. So glad he listened! From mom and dad, I got the Knitting Pattern-a-Day calendar (so many patterns!), the Cool Girls Guide to Knitting (does this mean I am officially "cool" now that I have the book?), five balls of the fun Gedifra Chapello (perfect for a shawl or capelet – love the colors), and the coolest antique knitting needles! My mom found them at an antique shop – they are solid wood, and really beautiful. They are very large – one pair is approximately a size US 50, and the others are US 19s. Perfect for afghans and chunky scarves. I almost want to just use them as decoration because they are so pretty!
My in-laws put a fun package together for me with some very useful notions (stitch holders, cable needles) and then got some pink/brown cotton for me. This is perfect for another market bag like the one I made last summer. Plus, pink and brown are one of my favorite color combos.
|With the explosion of knitting books published in the past few years, there were bound to be a few I missed – so glad mom found this one for me! It is a British publication, the writing style is geared toward teenagers/twentysomethings, but this book has some great things for all ages. It has some great how-to photographs in the introduction, and several beginner patterns, as well as a few intermediate ones.|
I am quite fond of this Rosebud tank. Capped sleeves with a simple crochet edging and then the simple ribbon embroidered roses around the neckline – perfect little touches. The other simple yet unique pattern is the seed stich pouch, with a grosgain ribbon strap, and an assortment of buttons sewed to the front. The little accessory additions really appeal to me!
In the same vein, the Alterknits book, given to me by Kris, has these simple little additions to plain and classic styles.
|This book has gotten some face time on several blogs, and it is well-deserved. It is another beautiful photograph book, and it offers some innovative designs. The knit screen door probably takes the first prize, but I am also quite fond of the corset-laced tank, the various home knits (the cushions, the paper lanterns!).|
Simple knits with a little something special: in this case, the simple raglan (reminiscent of Hourglass sweater, with the velvet neckline and cuffs – and keyhole closure in the back) and the simple wool wristwarmers detailed with a delicate satin ribbon. Beautiful!
Kris and I are driving down to Alabama tomorrow morning (early!) to visit my grandfather, aunt, uncle and cousins. We have a long drive (about 13 hours) which will give me plenty of knitting time! We will be back right after New Years – I hope to continue blogging while we are away – dial-up style! I will miss reading your blogs, but I promise to catch up when I get back.
Right under the deadline for Carola’s contest: here are two crazy wacky Christmas decorations I saw this Christmas!
Santa on a motorcycle, and a very festive taxidermy!
You still have a little time to get yours in to her too – by New Year’s Eve!