I had two wonderful weeks of vacation between Christmas and New Years and then the first week of 2012. It took me a week to get back into a routine, so although it’s a little late, here is the information about my Christmas gift projects.
I knit Dad his customary Christmas socks this year using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Sport from his last 3 pairs of socks. I striped the Cocoa, Sarge, and Mink Heather in 1 row stripes and used the Mink Heather for the toes and heels. I came very close to running out of the tan yarn, but managed to finish with a yard or two to spare. These socks allowed me to accomplish my goal is knitting 12 in 2011 from stash yarn.
I picked Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Tree Fort for the Mathew’s second pair of socks. This yarn was smooshy and I loved watching the colours knit up. Mathew’s family traditionally receives “fun” socks for Christmas, so I wanted some brighter colours than the last pair of socks I knit for him. I knit these ones with a few more stitches around and ribbed the top of the foot and then all around the leg. While hand knit socks are always appreciated, getting Mathew’s socks perfect is a work in progress, so I have notes for next time.
My Mom made sweaters for two of our favourite kids, Annora and Everett, for Christmas using the Wonderful Wallaby pattern. Annora has just started dressing up her stuffed animals, so I used the leftover James C Brett Marble from their sweaters to make bear sweaters for her. I downsized the Wonderful Wallaby pattern, leaving off the pocket and knitting a collar instead of a hood. They turned out great, in fact I had planned to only make one but it was so much fun I knit a second. These sweaters counted as my 13th 12 in 2011 project.
It is tradition in my family, to receive an ornament for Christmas in our stockings. This year I knit an ornament for Mathew using the Cherry Ornament pattern in the Knit Picks Tidings of Joy Kit. This was with the yarn that came with the kit, Knit Picks Palette in Camel Heather, Edamame, and Pimento. It was a quick and fun knit to make, I’m sure I’ll try at least one other ornament from this collection for next Christmas.