Well, Christmas has come and gone and so now I can share some of the items I gifted this year. For my cousins out of state I sent a trio of slippers.
The pattern can be found here and is free. I called them the Ikea slippers because you knit 6 squares and then pick up and knit a square on each side for a total of 8 and then you have to figure out how to fold them up and make a slipper. This is a felted project which was fun and something I had not done in awhile. I used the tan in all 3 and then switched out the other two colors. I used Lite Lopi and they turned out great!!
For my mom I knit a cowl from yarn she had bought for herself. She went to MadTosh in Fort Worth and bought me some yarn and bought herself some yarn. She is a more basic knitter and finally brought the skein over that she had bought herself. She explained that she thought she would make something but it was not wound in a ball and she didn’t know what to make. I told her I would wind it for her with my trusty swift and ball winder but she told me to keep it. At the last minute (see Why I Love Chunky Yarn post) I decided to make her a cowl.
I made two little, quick gifts. One for a co-worker and one for my traveling buddy who is obsessed with nesting dolls. For my co-worker, a woven heart. This was fun because the entire time I was knitting it I could not believe it would turn into a heart, but it did and turned out cute. It really makes a great, last-minute gift. The nesting doll ornament was a pattern I found on Etsy. I knew my friend would love it but did not know if I could fit in before Christmas. However, it took about 2 hours to knit and I think that was with a snack break!
So, those were my knitted gifts this year! It was fun but I’m now excited to start on a number of projects that have been calling my name for the last few months. I’ve started two projects since Christmas eve and I believe there is at least one more back in the UFO corner…