Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WiP Wednesday: Final 2011 issue

Gosh, I haven't done one of these in forever!  It hasn't felt like I have worked on many projects for a while.  I think because I usually have a couple of things going and I have been so focused since November on just a few things.  I had two monkies to get done, a couple of swap items, and then a few weeks ago I finally found the time to cast on today's show and tell...

...and it's close to being done!  This is the gramps sweater.  I am knitting the 0-6 month size and praying that it fits!  I don't have a 0-6 month old to try it on.  This is for little Dane who was born on November 17th almost 18th!  Mommy & Daddy decided to let the gender be a surprise so it was really hard to knit for the wee one.  I scoured Ravelry for the perfect sweater for him and considered many until I saw this pattern.  I fell in love.

I am getting ready to settle in and start picking up stitches for the button band and collar then I will just have to little pockets and two little elbow patches. 

If I put the petal to the metal I might actually finish it this year!  Then I could start 2012 with just two projects on the needles.

With the new year, come many hopes for being a better this or a better that.  I hope to be a better blogger and a better crafter.  I hope to be a bit of a better person too.  This will most likely be my last post of 2011, but I plan on being here on January 1st to kick of 2012 in grand fashion.  Until then...

...I wish nothing but the best for everyone in 2012.  Remember to party responsibly and don't drink and drive.  We want everyone to enter 2012 safe and healthy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

FP: Winnie the WinterMonster & Merry Chunkmas

Finished Project: Winnie the Wintermonster & Merry Chunkmas
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: November 20, 2011
Completion Date: November 22, 2011
Materials: Knit Picks Palette
Notions: Safety Eyes, Fiber Fill
Pattern Source: Maddox the Mischievous Monster
                           Monster Chunk

The Danger Crafts group held a Winter/Holiday Monster Swap and I could not resist joining after I saw all the fun stuff they did with the Halloween swap.   I started thinking early about what kind of monster to make.  I had made a Monster Chunk for myself (Geno Chunk) and thought that that would make a great ornament.  Oh, did I mention that it was a Mini Ornament Swap?  Oops. 

My partner listed blue and silver as favorite colors, so I went searching through my stash of Palette and came up with a couple that I thought would work quite well.  Merry Chunkmas was born on one cold Montana evening.  He immediately said that he could not make the trip to Philadelphia by himself, he would just be too nervous (I probably should not have let him talk to Geno chunk).  So, he and I sat and though about it long and hard and he said that he would like a female friend to accompany him, so I set off in search of a pattern and there was the Maddox pattern.

I cast on and it didn't take long before Winnie started to take shape.  Once I saw her figure, I knew she needed to hide it with a winter dress and we set off in search of some suitable fabric.  We found this beautiful blue sheer snowflake fabric and they loved it, but felt it needed some bling, so we got some sequin trim and made her dress.

Reports are that they have arrived in Philly and are doing well in their new home.

FP: Lionel & Violet

Finished Project: Lionel & Violet
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: November 1, 2011
Completion Date: November 19, 2011
Materials: Patons Classic, Cotton Ease
Notions: Safety Eyes, Fiber Fill
Pattern Source: Jerry the Musical Monkey

A friend saw my photo of Lowell on facebook and contacted me about making a couple of Jerry's for her for Christmas.  She opted for some more traditional monkey colors, hence the subdued brown and girly purple. 

I knit these two simultaneously as I knew I would finish on and not want to knit the other because of the monotony of in-the-round stockinette.  It was difficult at times getting the motivation to work on them, but I pushed and pushed and in the end, they became who they are. 

From the beginning I knew Lionel was Lionel and when I couldn't pinpoint a name for the girl, I took a cue from her colorway and thus she became Violet.  Of course, being that they were adopted, their names are subject to change.  I like to name the items that I make, it makes it more meaningful for me.  I can say, oh I remember when I was working on Lionel.  Silly, but that's just who I am.