i hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season. i spent Christmas with my family at my grandparents’. i hope it isn’t tacky to show you some of the presents i got… i’m just really excited about them!
a photo collage of my trip to hawai’i last year
a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom with my best friend (we went december 26)
softies!! (amazon listing)
the boyfriend and i are stocking up on some of our favorites things from childhood
a notebook wrapped in a leather cover… that leather smells SO good. no kidding
wristwarmers from my grandma’s trip to norway in the fall; they are even lined with fleece
a dvd player! (not pictured)
i scaled back on the knitted gifts this year and bought quite a few things on etsy instead. that’s not to say there were no handknit gifts, though!
this is a set of four coasters for an aunt knit with leftover cotton from last year’s dishcloth craze. i knit a fifth one, but after i finished, i realized that i had used size 8 needles on it instead of the 7s i used on the others. oops! the pattern is a modification of mdk’s baby genius pattern that i found here.
my close friends each got a fortune cookie knit with paton’s classic wool in natural mix on 11s. the pattern is here, but if you sneak ahead in the 2008 knitting pattern-a-day calendar, it’s october 20 (i think). i have a collection of fortune cookie fortunes from our regular chinese takeouts, so i used those in the cookies and i found plastic baggies and eurosealed them up to look more like real fortune cookies. i was very impressed by how well the cookies turned out and my friends seemed to like them, too. ^^
this was my largest Christmas undertaking. like i did last year, i made little Christmas ornaments for the residents of a local nursing home that my dad heads a weekly church service at. i was getting really worried about completing this project, since i couldn’t find a knitting pattern i really liked that i could complete fairly quickly. as you can probably tell, we ended up sewing the felt doves and adding little accessories instead of knitting. it worked out really well and i heard that everyone liked them. mom came up with the idea for the doves and how to make them, but i used this template to cut out the doves.
anyway, i hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful new years and i hope to be back soon with the 2007 recap!