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december?! January 1, 2009

Filed under: catch-up,Christmas,crafting,knitting,recap — Ren @ 4:25 pm

where the heck did december go? i meant to post three or four times, but got sidetracked doing other things. the month went something like this: knitting, Christmas knitting, final exams, doctors visits, neck surgery, Christmas, visit to the grandparents, time with the boyfriend, happy new year. i seriously can’t believe that i go back to school after a three-week break on sunday. i went to doctors/hospitals ten times in the last two and a half weeks, which is draining, to say the least, but my surgery went really well and my neck is healing up nicely. i almost have my full range of motion back, too. on the knitting front, i finished two projects before starting Christmas knitting, one big project for my mom (i haven’t taken pictures yet), stockings for the local nursing home, and two sets of notecards. i  sewed up a lunchbox for my dad, too, but i think i’ll leave that for next time. also, i got a ball winder for Christmas! it was lots of fun to wind up a few yarns. ^^

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socks_harristweed1

socks_harristweed2.

these socks are finally finished! i really liked the yarn and i really liked the pattern, but i had major trouble following through with the second sock. they are the harris tweed socks (rav) knit on size 2 needles with mary jane’s attic superwash given to me by rhoda a while back. i love how bright these socks are and i want to use the rest of this yarn for wristwarmers or something. ^^

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scarf_socalled1

scarf_socalled2.

i’m pretty excited about this scarf. it’s a my-so-called-scarf (rav) in misti pima cotton/silk. i know scarves are better in wool, but every single wool i’ve tried has itched my neck (yes, even malabrigo). i need to wash this before i can wear it, but i’m sure hoping the cotton is better on my neck.

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stockings2stockings1.

these are the stockings that i made for local nursing home residents this year. the total cost for the project was $1, since i already had nearly all the materials! dad distributed them and said everybody loved them. the project took a while to complete, but it was fun to do and totally worth it. ^^

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notecards_snow21

notecards_snow1.

these are made using a technique called quilling. i used the tutorial found here at reese dixon. these took me about an hour a piece to complete. they look cooler in person than in the pictures because you can’t really see the glitter here. i made them for a friend who really liked them. ^^

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notecards_xmas2

notecards_xmas1.

i used the mochimochi land heart pattern (rav) to make these heart notecards. i made a set in the spring and they were well-received, so i thought that i’d try again. this time, i used interfacing on the undersides of the hearts so that they stayed flat while i sewed them on the card. that made things SO much easier. i think i might like these even better than the originals… ^^ grandma didn’t even realize they were handmade.

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sorry for such a long post!!!! i had so much to show before i forgot. happy new year!!!

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8 Responses to “december?!”

  1. Kelly Says:

    surgery???? You ok??
    Your socks are wonderful! I’m surprised you have yarn left over, they look so long already.
    Hoping that scarf works out for you, nothing worse than digging at your neck the whole time your out.
    I tried quilling along time ago…. tried being the key word here, I didn’t have the patience for it but your cards look great!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Jeanne Says:

    I am sorry to hear about your surgery, and hope you continue to heal fast! Gorgeous socks and scarf, and your notecards and so nice! Happy New Year!

  3. Jason Says:

    I got your card with the stocking! It’s cute! And of course, I would never forget you. Unless you got married, then I wouldn’t really care. ;-)

    Glad to see that you’re doing better. Send me your Gainesville address, so I can send you a card, too. (Yeah, I’m so late on these Christmas cards.)

  4. Missy Says:

    Wow, you have been really busy. Love all of the new pretty things that you have made. What happened to your neck? That can’t be any fun! Hopefully you get to feelin better soon.

  5. Denise Says:

    I didn’t know you were getting surgery, I hope you’re recovery is going well. Love all your little projects, the cards are too cute.
    Happy New Year to you, hope 09 is a great one.

  6. rhoda Says:

    neck surgery?? goodness gracious. glad to hear you’re doing okay. the socks look amazing!! the quilled snowflake cards are super cool. you’re so uber crafty. :)

  7. Nora Says:

    Neck surgery?? What happened? I hope you heal fast!
    Here’s to a wonderful 2009. x

  8. BitterSweet Says:

    Oh I hear you, these past months have just zoomed by!

    Beautiful crafts, as always… Those cards in particular are lovely.

    Hope you’re recovering well from the surgery!


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