Monday, December 28, 2009
I should have done this post on Boxing Day and I would have looked very clever indeed. Because who wouldn't think to post boxes on Boxing Day? Apparently everybody but me.
These were boxes for gift cards that I made out of heavy duty scrapbook paper. I'm so clever that the one in the Road Trip paper actually has a gift card for gas in it. All the gift cards were loved and people oohed and ahhed over the boxes and promptly took out the card and threw out the box. Then there's my dad who couldn't figure out that the inside slides out of the outside so he just ripped it open.
I like Menard's better than Home Depot, but Home Depot is in town and the recipient goes there more often. Ultimately gifts are about the recipient.
The template for the box was from Heather Bailey and can be found here.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I used a cashmere/merino wool blend in this superb pumpkin color. I still have half a ball left that I'm not sure what I'll do with, but I will find something.
I've heard it's pretty nasty in some areas, so be careful driving. And remember, if you plan a huge family get together, be sure to invite everyone. Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So these mittens were supposed to be a gift for Daughter to open on Christmas morning. It would have worked well had I not left them out on the couch overnight. I didn't even realize it until I heard "Green mittens! For me! Thank you thank you thank you!" So she'll have one less gift, but it's good to know she loves these.
The pattern was "Nell" from Junior Knits by Debbie Bliss. I left out the button holes since I wasn't making a sweater for them to button onto, but the rest I did as is. They were so easy and they seem to be greatly appreciated. Daughter even put them away so she wouldn't lose them.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Look at how even those stitches are. Just in case you think you're eye sight is going, that middle button is a different color. I was buying more beads for buttons.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I finished the first of 2 sweaters. I actually finished on Sunday, but today was the first day I could get a photo of it without Daughter around. I think she'll like it considering she dances like a "ballerina" quite often.
Some detail of the picot edging around the sides and neck. It's really simple to do and adds a nice finishing touch to the whole thing.
The back with the tie. I really wanted to hang it up for a photo, but the tie kept falling down past the bottom and that just looked funny. There are a few nitpicky things that I don't like with the sewing of the sleeves, but overall I think it turned out great and hopefully it will fit her well.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The theme of the windows this year is Letters to Santa. Inside of Macy's is a large mailbox and a table set up where kids can write a letter to Santa and put it in the box. For every letter in the box Macy's will donate money to the Make a Wish Foundation. I forget how much for every letter.
I liked the Robot guy a lot. It reminded me of the movie Robots. I'm not sure if it's supposed to or not. I didn't read the words in the corner.
As far as I know Martha Stewart did not decorate the tree this year. I actually saw it the year she did it and as much as I love Martha, I did not like the tree.
After Macy's we headed to Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. I've never seen the back of so many heads. We didn't get to see anything in the market due to the massive amount of people standing around and drinking. I would have thought that there were warmer places in Chicago to drink, but I was apparently wrong.
The tree was a little anemic this year due to the city not having a lot of money. It was still nicely decorated and I'm going to just be happy they didn't cut down a massive amount of trees.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The baby that received this blanket is now over a year old. It's still my most "favorited" item on Ravelry. Perhaps it's the color. I had to do a lot of baby items at the time and I got really sick of the pastels, plus I was hoping the receiver might still like this when he was older and outgrew the pale blue everything phase. That could be wishful thinking on my part as he may very well like toys and dirt or Barbie.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Every year I do a hand knit sweater for Daughter. This shrug (rav link) is from Debbie Bliss's Essential Knits for Kids and was the sweater I chose to do last year. Amazingly it does still fit her still, which is nice. She gets a lot of wear out of the clothes I make her as long as she chooses to wear them. Every time this is washed Husband mistakes it for pants and has to ask how it should be folded (this isn't a complaint as I'm thrilled he helps with the folding at all...I know too many people who aren't as lucky).
This year I'm using the same book but I'm making the Ballet Top (rav link) instead. I figure if she complains at first I'll just explain that ballerinas wear tops like this and then she'll want to wear it everyday. If that doesn't work I'll say Cinderella wears shirts like that. Only one more sleeve and some ties to do and then it'll be on to Son's sweater. I'm not sure which pattern to do for him. I may just choose the Placket Neck Pullover (rav link) from Last Minute Knitted Gifts since it goes fast and there's not a lot of sewing involved.
Monday, December 7, 2009
A tank top that was done for a friend's daughter. She became a new sister back in August, but because it was a little chilly this summer and it was September before she got it (the baby was born in very late August, possibly even the last day in August, I forget) it's been worn over t-shirts and long sleeve shirts instead. Because it's an apron style shirt it should fit well into next summer. Because it's an apron style shirt with a tie back it should fit well into next summer.
The pattern can be found here and on Ravelry.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Everybody should have one of these (NSFW so wait until you get home).