January 4, 2007

Christmas Knitting – what I gave.

So check out all of the handmade gifts I gave this year:
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Yup. Here’s a closeup:
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That would be a pair of socks for my brother, a cozy for Alison, a knit bag for a friend, a hat for Matt’s aunt, armwarmers for Rebecca, a knit Danish Flag for Jason, an Ipod cozy for Matt, a necklace for my sister in law, and a necklace/earring set for my grandma.

And on the other side…

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A pile of yarn that I dyed myself sitting on a branching out for LB, the cherry blossom shawl for my grandma, and a pile of stitch markers. Yeah… dying yarn? So very fun.

I gave this set to my mother in law (she’s a crocheter) – which also includes a stitch marker made by me:
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And this set to my mom (an avid sock knitter) – which includes these tiny sock stitch markers and a row counter.
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Two of those skeins in my mom’s pile were my "test skeins" and were cheaper wool (not the superwash) – but even they turned out well enough to be gifted! I so need to do more dying– and actually keep some of the yarn for myself next time! I used the acid dye and Knitpicks dye your own yarn…and 3 of those skeins are self-striping... but I’ll have a post all about it later on.

I think my fav. handknit (other than the cherry blossom shawl, of course) gift this year was the little Ipod cozy I knit for Matt. I pretty much just made it up as I went along but it turned out really nice. The best part was that he opened it before he opened the ipod… which confused him but definitely amused me.

I think everyone really liked and appreciated their handmade things – oh and don’t worry – I have some pictures of my grandma and her shawl to share – I just have to get them from my mom’s camera. Here’s some gratuitous close-ups of some of the other gifts:

Sister in law’s necklace:
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Aunt Cathy’s Hat:
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Rebecca’s Armwarmers:
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Andy’s Socks:
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Yeah for handmade gifts!

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Wow, that yarn looks gorgeous. You've been very productive!

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  2. The yarn really is nice - you'll need to take lots of photos next time around.

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  3. Anonymous3:48 PM

    My goodness, you were so productive!! I think it's so much more special to give hand-made gifts. It's like giving a little piece of yourself. I'm sure everyone loved their wonderful stuff!!

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  4. Holy Cow! That is amazingly productive. Good for you!

    BTW, love all the hand-dyed yarn and the tags you came up with? priceless.

    Are you going into business??? Tee hee!

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  5. Wow! You gave a lot of gifts - I'm sure your mom will love the Sensational Knitted Socks book. I know I do - I taught myself how to knit socks by making their miniature sock and found it super helpful, plus that chart where they give you standard measurements/cast on #s by shoe size!

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  6. Wow you were busy! Very impressive!! All look very nice! Great Job! You're going to have to tell me more about how you dyed the sock yarn! I think I want to try it!

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  7. Anonymous9:50 PM

    Your hand-dyed yarn looks fantastic! I'm so impressed! Yay for you!

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  8. Good job! But doesn't feel great that it's over?

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  9. Hey! How about knitting gifts you GOT!?!
    you boring sock knitting mother

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  10. wow... you've been busy! I thought I had a lot on my plate... good job!

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  11. I can't believe how busy and productive you've been - and everything looks totally amazing! These are definitely the most perfect gifts! And I'm really impressed by your hand-dyed yarn, these colours are divine!

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  12. wow - i didn't realize how much you were knitting for xmas - wtg, girl!
    and the hand-dyeds are really awesome...i bet the recipients were soooo thrilled!

    can't wait for tonight!

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