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Handknit Holiday
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Handknit Holiday

Well, the holiday was not completely handknit… I didn't finish my mom's present, so I worked out a little surrogate gift… and I didn't make anything for dad, but I am already thinking about next year's, and I still have some knitting to do for the nieces…

Despite these things, we had an absolutely wonderful Christmas.  Kris and I spent Christmas Eve with my family:  we prepared a wonderful feast, attended a service where my sisters sang beautifully, and came home to desserts, presents, and some yummy wine.  We laughed and shared gifts into the late hours of the night.  On Christmas morning, we awoke and headed to my brother-in-law's house for another wonderful brunch feast and opening gifts with all of Kris's family.  Things were relaxed this year, and it felt so nice to be "in the moment".  A wonderful two-day celebration with our loving families.

Wanna see the handknits?  Well, you may be surprised… 

Mom's mitts! This is the happiest picture of my mom EVER, so I had to share ;) She is a cutie! You see, I was making another gift – still a secret – and I quickly realized that there was no way to finish it in time for gift-giving. So, the trusty Fetching mitt pattern worked in a flash! I used Knit Picks Andean Silk and lengthened the wrist.  This pattern is so cute and quick.  I think she likes them ;)

She didn't seem to mind that the mitts were only a hold over until the real project is complete. Now, I need to motivate myself to actually work on that!

Mimi's Mitts Sarah's Rapunzel Scarf

… and these are gifts you may remember!  I made the mittens for Mimi all along, but played them off as my own on the blog.  She loved them!  and Sarah was thrilled with her braided Rapunzel scarf.  In fact, the day before, she had just asked me if I could make one for her! :)  

~We had a wonderful time with both families~

Dad on Christmas Eve Mimi and her Oscar

Daddy and the stockings, Mimi and her little Oscar cat

Kris, Lolly, and the Nieces!

Kris, Lolly, and the nieces, and the new gumball machine

In between it all, I managed to turn the heel on Kris's Plain Winter Sock.  The yarn, and the fun heel construction are definitely keeping my interest on this sock.  That and warming my husband's feet ;)  

Kris's Plain Winter Socks Plain Winter Socks heel

This heel construction was really fun and I am hoping it will wear well.  It is outlined for this pattern "Plain Winter Socks" in Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks book.

Today is Kris's birthday too!  Unfortunately, no handknits were finished for the birthday, but I hope he likes the gifts I did get him…

…and speaking of handknit holidays…

Don't forget about the Bejeweled Knitalong!  You can join us in knitting up Shobhana's beautiful and simple lace scarf – you can buy the pattern on her site - and for SIX MORE DAYS only, the proceeds of the sale will go to F.I.R.E., the organization behind the Dulaan Project, that provides clothing and warmth for the children of Mongolia.  Pick up the pattern, choose a yarn, and join us for the knitalong – it starts on New Year's Day!

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28 Responses

  1. Jenna

    Yay, first commenter! It looks like your holiday was wonderful. Having some relaxing time is very important. I hope you got some fun gifts, too. Hope to talk to you soon. XO

  2. Tracey

    Merry Christmas!
    BTW, what yarn IS that for Kris’s socks, it’s great, such a manly sock yarn.

  3. heather

    what a lovely celebration!

  4. Dorothy B

    Glad you had a beautiful and laid back kind of Christmas. Love the picture of your Mother.

  5. caitlyn

    It looks like you enjoyed some lovely celebrations! The yarn for Kris’s sock looks really interesting.

  6. Julie

    Looks like a great Christmas! Your mom and sisters look so happy with their handknit gifts. What a wonderful feeling it is when your handknits are so appreciated!

  7. Sandra

    wow, looks like you had a mighty fine christmas! GREAT PICS! :)

  8. Kathy

    Merry Christmas! Looks like you had a great time. :)

    I’m going to guess that you’re using GGH Marathon for those socks. It’s a wonderful colorway. Happy Birthday Kris!

    I’m done with my Bejeweled already…pics on my blog….

  9. Sarah

    Merry Christmas!

    And Happy Birthday to Kris!!!

  10. NessieNoodle

    Merry Christmas Lolly!
    Happy Happy new year. May 2007 bring you joy and happiness.

  11. scout

    Looks like a fantastic time!

  12. mrspao

    Happy Christmas to you! Sounds like you had a fun and relaxing time!

  13. Dana

    Your hubby’s b-day is today? My hubby’s b-day is tomorrow! I gave him 3 balls of yarn amongst other things for Christmas… and informed him that is was a scarf… and to use his imagination!

  14. Mom

    Funny pictures but it looks like the good time that we had! Happy Birthday Kris!!! XXOO

  15. Debi

    Happy Birthday Kris!

    What a beautiful family Lolly, glad you had a great holiday!

    The socks look WONDERFUL :)

  16. Rebecca

    Your mom looks absolutely thrilled by your gift; I wish I got that kind of reaction to my handknits!

  17. tiennie

    Looks like you had a great time! Happy, happy birthday to Kris too!

  18. Elemmaciltur

    Sounds like you guys had a great time. I’m a tad late for Christmas, so I’m going to wish you a Happy New Year instead and also belated Happy Birthday or Kris, too!

  19. Zarah

    It looks like you had a great time! I love the picture of you and Kris and your nieces, all squished together with that gumball machine! Way to go on the Christmas gift deception, as well! =)

  20. Old Knitter

    What a wonderful description of a fun Holiday with your family. You are so lucky and you know it….that’s nice.

  21. Stacey

    what a great holiday – that is the best – no pressure, relaxed fun with family….sounds like it was perfect! The giftees look quite happy with their presents also!!! A happy birthday to Kris!

  22. kelly

    I’m happy to see you had a great holiday! Those are some great hand knits.

    I’m already thinking about next year’s handmade gifts too… it’s just too much fun to take a break from!

  23. Jennifer

    What a joyful Christmas! I’m glad that all the handknits were well loved.

    Happy birthday to your husband!

  24. gleek

    aw, looks like everyone enjoyed their gifts! isn’t that nice?! i love it when people really appreciate the work that you put into something. have a happy new year!

  25. Claudia

    Sounds like a lovely lovely time! Hope your wisdom teeth extraction recovery is swift and pain-free!

  26. Angela

    The Fetching Mitts I made for my cousin were a big hit, too. I love them–so fast, so stylish! I’m cranking them out in many different colors just to have around. Happy New Year, Lolly.

  27. Claudia

    Oh how did I miss that? Happy Birthday Kris!!! :-)

  28. KnitPastis

    Oh my, the sock yarn you are knitting for Kris is awesome! Bet they become his favorite pair of socks:) Wonderful bunch of knits you made for everyone.

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