Christmas Knitting 2013

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Aren't we all soooo busy in December!?  Each year, I go into it thinking I'll be more prepared.  Ha!  As much as I really do love it, I'm glad it's over.  Time to relax and get some much needed me time.  Also, due to my business, I apologize for these terrible pictures on this picture heavy post!  I barely remembered to even get pictures of things before giving them away.  This is something I need to work on for the new year - taking nice, clean pictures of all my projects.

First, as promised, here's a picture of the loosely cabled infinity scarf I made with my bulky Alpaca blend hand dyed yarn from the last post. 
The color is much nicer in person, of course.  It's not my favorite infinity scarf, but it does the job.  It's just a little thicker than I'd normally like.  It's perfect for walking home in the freezing cold, though.

I was very lucky that I was able to spend this Christmas in Maine with my family and my husband.  It snowed nearly every day and was absolutely beautiful, despite some power outages.  It was definitely one of my favorite Christmases so far.

This year, I actually asked my coworkers (the ones who exchange gifts) what they'd like for Christmas, to avoid spending hours on nice, but unwanted gifts.  You can find more details about some of these projects and their patterns on my ravelry account:
http://www.ravelry.com/people/sjgilbert87

What I gave:

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Red Fingerless Gloves for Maria - they match the scarf I made her last Christmas and the hat I gave her this November for her birthday.

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Black and White Crochet fingerless gloves for Kelly

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Red Sequined mittens for Melanie - These were awesome, and I'm thinking of making myself a similar pair.

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Textured Infinity Scarf for Christina

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I actually came up with the pattern for this myself.  Christina had sent me a picture of an infinity scarf she liked, and while I wasn't sure exactly what stitches were used, I was able to come up with something similar.  It's just a combination of knits and purls to create stripes of garter, ribbing, and seed stitches.  When I have a chance, I'll type up the pattern and make it available on my pattern tab.

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She was a good sport and let me get a picture of her modeling it!

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Braided Cable Headband for Aunt Lynn

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Quirky Mittens for Aunt Denise (I also made her a matching headband)

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Infinity Scarf for Aunt Lynn

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Here are my adorable aunts modeling their new knit goods!  I didn't tell them I was going to put this up, so cross your fingers for me!

I'm not listing all my gifts here, of course, just the knitting ones!  My Mom, Dad, Brother, Husband, and Memere (what we call my Grandmother) didn't have any knitting needs this year.

What I received:

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I was ridiculously spoiled this year with knitter gifts, especially considering that I had requested not to receive any yarn.  I'm trying to tame my collection, and I think that will be the subject matter for my January post.

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Click the image for the Namaste website. I absolutely love this bag, which I received from my wonderful, all knowing husband. It's a knitter's delight, and a great weapon of self defense. HUGE!

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These books are from my Mom and Dad. I had asked for the two on the right and my mom selected the two on the left. I read most of "Knitting Pattern Essentials" on my train ride from Boston to Penn last Saturday, and it's fabulous. It helps you to understand construction so you can edit patterns to fit your body type. It's really going to come in handy when I'm ready to make my own sweater patterns! "Knitting Everyday Finery" is full of adorable patterns, and I can wait to crack the binding, so to speak. "Modern Top-Down Knitting" is also full of great, interesting patterns, which is why it made my wish list. I would love to blow up the images from "Spinning and Dyeing Yarn" and just plaster my walls. So gorgeous!!

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Look at these! My Dad actually made them, with my Mom's instruction based on her Google and Youtube searches. He still has no idea what they do exactly, but they're amazing! They're top whirl drop spindles, like the one I got at Rhinebeck, but they're much larger, so I can fit a lot more yarn on them. It's not like I truthfully know anything about how a spindle should feel, but they seem to be nicely weighted because of how well they spin. LOVE!

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season, and Happy New Year!

I'd love to hear what you gave and received this Christmas in the comments below!