Happy New Year! Like a few others, I'm so glad to see 2010 end. Between being sick and some grueling teacher training, it was a year that I just was hardly ever able to feel like myself. But now that I've had surgery to fix some health problems (I'm still recovering, slowly but steadily) and I'm no longer in training, I have high hopes for 2011. Plus, it has the number 11 in it, which is my favorite number!
While I was recovering from surgery I knit quite a few Christmas gifts, which I can finally show you here. I knit a hat for my mom.
Pattern: Laurel by Jared Flood
Yarn: Araucania Toconao in 513, 1 skein
Needles: US 4 and 7
As you can see, I ran out of yarn with just six rows to go. I used another yarn that I had, and the match is a little closer in person. Mom said that she didn't mind. This was a fun knit!
I knit two Koolhaas hats for my brother and my dad.
Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Yarn: Rowan Lima in grey and Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Black
Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Hunter Green
Needles: US 6 and 8
And then I knit my dad a cowl with the same pattern to match his hat. I got to use some of my vintage buttons, which made me happy.
For my aunt and my grandma, I made them some cowls. They were knit up quickly with Berroco Peruvia Quick and Malabrigo held doubled.
And then finally, I made quite a few Christmas ornaments. These were a lot of fun, and I worked on them while we were visiting David's mother in San Francisco.
This penguin is from a kit from Knitpicks that David got my for Christmas. I did intarsia for the first time on the wings, and it was really easy. Next time I might try intarsia on the body as well, because it kind of bothers me to see the black yarn peeping behind the white.
This panda ornament I made for a friend who loves pandas. It was my second time to use intarsia :)
I love these little knights, which I made up after seeing a crocheted versioni of them on Ravelry. The little shield-shaped buttons were a great find at Imagiknit. These guys took less than 30 minutes to make, so they were a great little gift.
And finally, some vegetables.
These are both from Amigurumi Knits. The patterns are quick and well written, and I know I will make more patterns from this book. And probably a garlic and tomato that I can keep for myself :)
Whew! So that's eleven projects to show at the beginning of 2011! I'll be back with a knitting and sewing retrospective soon. In the meantime, have a happy new year!