True to tradition, I crafted til almost the last minute. (I saved Christmas Eve day for some CB and hubby time.)
After watching Isela Phelp's video tutorial using ruffle yarn, I had to try this scarf for my mother-in-law. The scarf does knit up fast! When my wrists were hurting from working on a different knit, the looseness of this project was a treat. It is hard to find a nice rhythm though so I'm not sure how many more I will make.
I love this pattern by Bethany Dailey. But even after giving them yet another chance, I absolutely loathe, loathe, loathe loom clips. (I find them hard to move and one even broke off into a long loom.) So after finishing one mitten with the clip and discovering the mitten was too small for my forgiving sis — I knit a new pair with no shaping. So the top is a gathered bind-off instead. It made for a bulkier mitten great for shoveling all that snow we didn't get in Wisconsin. But both my sister and wrists thanked me.
Yes, I did finish a stocking for me in time for St. Nick's. Nope, I do not have a polished pattern yet. I am still tweaking and I plan to perfect the process for CB's sock. My stocking features some diagonal garter stitch (love it!), holly colorwork (needs a little work) and cable colorwork in the foot (not a good choice).
Wreath photo ornament
I crafted nearly a dozen of these mini wreaths. I should have taken a photo of the pile. Oh well. I made the cute pendants out of scrabble tiles at a local craft shop, DIY studio & gifts. Little CB wreaths went to her grandparents, great-grandparents and aunts. I also made two logo ones for Interlacements Yarns and LucieLu. I'll write up a pattern someday but it's basically an i-cord if you can loom knit that.
CB's memo board
Since I was just so "bored" back then, I also made some memo boards. First, I tested out the process and made one for CB. Then I made one more to complete my sister's Christmas gift. These boards rock! And are so easy to make, too. I'm going to make a bigger one next year for all our holiday cards.
Trisha's memo board
After the giving, I also humbly received. My mom gifted me the KB sock loom that satisfies many of my wishes. Solid, no moving parts. Grooved pins. Meant for DK/light worsted yarns. I can't wait to cast on a sock! ... And the Martha loom waits in the wings as well — maybe for a woven placement project.
But many other projects come first that I hope to blog about in the coming months. What's on my loom now? I am adapting a shawl pattern by Renee Van Hoy with a little beadwork. And I can't share it until after my sister's wedding day in June!