Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How Did This Happen?

I am not one to give handmade presents - crochet, knit, whatever. Even the simplest project takes hours of work and, unless the recipient is involved in pattern and yarn selection, there is just too much of a chance of the hours of work going unappreciated. And nothing is more heartbreaking than so much time and love going into something that is unwanted or receives just a lukewarm response. So yes, I'm a selfish crafter.

I have made a number of things for Dan (like this and this) but they've never been a surprise to him. Instead, we select the pattern and yarn together. Sometimes that's frustrating (Dan researches things a lot before making a choice, even yarn, and I tend to be more quick deciding) but at least it results in projects that I know will be loved by someone else in addition to me.

Of course, all that being said, I somehow managed to knit something for everyone on my Christmas list this year. Sigh.

Mug Cozy  Chicken!
Christmas Hunting Warmth  Mom's Reversible Cable Scarf  Fingerless Mits
FIL's Hat  Dan's Hat

I'm not exactly sure how that happened!

That last picture, though, is a hat I made for Dan (yes, we picked out the hat and yarn for this one together) and it wasn't finished until today. It's pretty nifty - it's reversible!

Dan's Reversible Hat

I still have to block it but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Of course, all that Christmas knitting was why I haven't been posting much about what I've been working on. But radio silence has been broken so yay!

Next up: fingerless mittens for me, a pillow and a sweater!


  1. I love my chicken sooo much!! He's the best little chicken and very cute. I took him to brunch with Leah and Julian and Julian's parents and aunt and uncle and cousin and they all agreed he was a most wonderful chicken. Sylvia said she liked her ipad better, but what does she know from chickens, huh? Love, MIL

  2. Hehe, I'm glad you enjoy him! I almost kept him for myself (I mean, c'mon! it's a chicken!) but hoped you'd give him a good home! :)