Friday, December 14, 2007

i won! sweeeeeet.

Indigo Mouse contest prize
i had a nice surprise when i got home last night. i won indigomouse's blog contest, where she picked out something special just for me. i love how the whole package was color coordinated, down to the tissue paper it came wrapped in. she sent me a skein of painted skeins superwash merino sock yarn (so pretty!), a charm pack of fabric squares, and a cute owl shawl pin. thanks melissa, for being so awesomely generous! you should go give her some kudos for her gorgeous autumn rose.

btw, i completely forgot to photograph the contrasting linings of all of these objects. you'll just have to take my word for it that they're cute.

stick a fork in it, the coworker gifts are finally done.
Co-worker mini gifts
i made a couple of lined zipper pouches and another patchwork pincushion.

after making all of these little things and the washcloths, i realized i'd need something to put them in. i have a personal aversion to wrapping paper and other decorative containers. i consider them a waste of resources and time. plus i completely lack the ability to make presents look pretty, probably b/c frequently all i have on hand is duct tape and old magazines. so i made some box bags that might actually be useful to the recipient after the gift has been opened.
Co-worker box bags
i used this tutorial with only a few mods. i took the advice of one of the commenters and sewed the side seams completely, rather than one third, and then stitched my triangles. after the first bag i sewed, i also made the strap narrower. it seemed to fit the size of the bag better. i used mediumweight interfacing, which was all i had on hand, but i think a heavier interfacing would've been a better idea.

i squeezed in some time to knit myself a few more winter accessories. it's frickin' freezing here and i need all the extra warmth i can get.
pashmina cowl from lmkg
i got one ball of karabella boise on sale. it's a singles 50/50 cashmere/merino blend. it pilled in the ball as i was knitting it, but it's such a powdery cloud of softness that i don't care. i used the pashmina cowl neckwarmer pattern from last minute knitted gifts as a guide, but b/c i only had one ball i modified the pattern to add some decrease rows so that the top is narrower than the bottom for maximum length. i also k1,slip1 across instead of the purl rows to stop it from curling too much. i think i used #5 denise circs. i know it doesn't look too exciting, but it's perfect and i love it.
Quant
i liked a few things from the new knitty, but mostly i zeroed in on quant. i have been in desperate need of a headband to wear when i have my hair up. i have so much hair now that it doesn't fit under a hat. i used my mystery wool navajo-plied handspun and i think #7 denise circs. it worked perfectly for this application. this was my first time steam blocking. i didn't wet block b/c it would take a week to dry and i wanted to wear it NOW NOW NOW. it only took a couple of hours to knit. i think i whipped it out while i was watching college basketball.

did i mention that i bought the knitter's book of yarn? it's a really informative and interesting read. i'm not grabbed by any of the patterns so far, but i consider them to be a bonus.

of course, there's more. always with the more. but another day perhaps.

oh yeah i can't believe i almost forgot. as promised, here's Ellie wearing Spicy's hoodie. she's so street.
Kitty Torture

7 comments:

  1. The colors in your package from Melissa are so pretty. I think my favorite thing on the blog today is the middle box bag. That pattern makes me happy! But everything else is great, too.

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  2. Holy guacas, you HAVE been busy!! I like your solution to the gift wrap problem. Reminds me of how my mom would wrap presents.

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  3. Those box bags are great! SO much better than wrapping paper (or old mags and duct tape)!

    That cowl looks so snuggly, and lovely job on the entrelac!

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  4. Your Quant is a masterpiece. The gift bags are spectacular. The prize you won was wonderful. The coworker gifts are excellent.
    The cat in the hoodie is adorable.

    Everything is perfect!

    (one year I made wrapping paper out of brown paper. I wrapped all the gifts and then colored pictures on them with crayons. It was a big hit.)

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  5. That is one pretty prize package!
    I am envious of your already pilling, so very soft neckwarmer! and Quant is one of the 2 patterns, I printed off - yours is beautiful!

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  6. Very nice package, I love that shawl pin!

    Your Quant looks fantastic. I know all about feeling cold -- though that would stop very quickly if I tried to put my cat in a hoodie, I'd get some serious exercise. What a good, patient kitty!

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  7. Lucky you. I am green for envy of the Shawl Pin. Gorgeous

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