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December 20, 2009

Telegram from Christmas Madness

Plan C has worked out well. It got me through at least three gifts.

Behold:

The French Press slippers. A quick easy knit that results in terribly cute slippers. I had fun playing with the texture and the buttons. This pair I knit in Cascade Pastaza. A hairy yarn that I thought would be really cute in slippers. I also got this pretty, arty-looking button. I also actually sewed the strap on at an angle which looked really cute. It is hard to see in this picture but the straps don't go straight across the top of the foot. The are diagonal. It really works for changing the style of the slipper.

Example #2:

The red just does not photograph well. but it is winter in Oregon. We have little natural light for me to use. The red is cooler than in this picture. I combined a red Peace Fleece with Cascade 220 leftovers. The best part are the beautiful little green and red buttons.

I tried something different with the final pair. The color worked great (again, how cute are these buttons?) but the felted material made it really hard to keep any sort of uniformity.

So I have actually pulled out the green trim and just did a few embellishments with the lime green yarn. The slippers' grips are drying right now (made with puffy paint) but I'll try to get a pic before I'm loaded up in the car and driving for the holidays.

 

December 18, 2009

Coming Up For Air

Quick! I don't have any time to dilly dally. Here is a completed present. Not a Christmas present. This is a birthday present that is in December. So it becomes a part of the Christmas madness. I figured out that 10 out of 12 immediate family members have their birthday between November and February. 5 of those are just in February. Although you shouldn't feel bad for me. These birthdays (and the holidays) always fall on the same date so there really is no actual necessity for cramming all knitting in that short time frame. I just seem to be a wee bit slow.

These are still a part of Plan A. I hung onto Plan A for as long as possible. Just long enough that I got this done. This is a little entralac felted bag I made. The pattern is in Interweave Knits holiday gift special. I made one and it just didn't felt small enough for me. I wanted a jewelry bag. So I knew I'd have to find something that wasn't spun very tightly. That yarn felts a LOT!

I found a couple skeins of Nashua Wooly Stripes which felted to the perfect size (To give some scale to the size of the bag, that is a coaster it is sitting on). This colorway is a fun, pink, purple, lime green, yellow mix. It is WS0056 Citrus. The color worked perfectly for entralac. A different color for every tier. One bag is dark and one is light. They turned out neat. They are a very quick knit. I did them both in one evening.

I wanted a jewelry bag because I made a necklace to go inside. I wanted something sparkly and pretty for the recipient. She is very fair so I knew she would pull it off and it would be a pretty dress-up necklace. Most of the beads are Swarovski crystal. So the handmade necklace goes in the handmade jewelry bag. Don't you love how the yarn even made a pretty border along the top? And I got a little silver bead to decorate the tie. Adds a little something extra.

I have another bag and another necklace. I'll share later. I have to get back to Plan C knitting.

Should we start a poll for when I give up and start throwing money at Christmas?