I really love making things for my co-workers. We're always busy at school, and conversations are either quick or interrupted. But we do get to know each other, and it's fun for me to figure out what to make for a friend, and which colors to use.
Here's some mittens, made out of a pattern that's in my head for "how to make basic mittens". I used the leftover yarn for a sweater I haven't shown you yet (wince) and some pretty green Rowan Lima I bought when I was in San Francisco. The stripe pattern on the first mitten was made up as I went, and then I copied it for the second mitten. I really wanted to make mittens for this co-worker last year, but I had just had surgery and the thought of it was too much at the time.
I work with two people I haven't made Dresden Bags for yet, and I was excited to make them again. I just love making these. This purple and grey one is difficult to give away-- I love the colors together. There's one corduroy petal at the very top because I ran out of purples, and I love it.
I really love making these! One of the girls who got these said she was excited to have one because she felt like she'd been left out of a "secret club" by not having one before :)
This is the Wicker Cafe Cowl. I completely used up my skein of Knit Picks Andean Treasure (100% alpaca), and as you can see I was still a little short. Fortunately I have a few balls of this yarn, so I was able to add a contrasting color for the very end. This was a great pattern and a enjoyable knit.
And finally, something I made for a co-worker, but not as a gift. My friend asked for a custom order. Her daughter is really good at gymnastics (Like, really good. I'll let you know if she's in the Olympics when she's old enough to qualify!), and she asked me to make a leotard for her American Girl Doll to match her daughter's team leotard. I found Simplicity 4364 to give me a basic leotard pattern, and then modified the front to have diagonal stripes to mimic her leotard. I added on a felt star and some pink elastic details. My friend is really excited about the gift, and I'm looking forward to hearing about how her daughter reacts.
Now that co-worker gift making is over, I'm well into family gift-making. Fingers crossed that I get it all done in time!