Posted by Andi on December 26, 2012
Despite the lack of knitting content lately, I have been knitting. I just had to keep the gifts on the down low. So, here’s what I made.
I knit two Christmas stockings, one for Tim’s parents and one for my dad and stepmother. I used the same pattern, which is Elf Stocking by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.
Here is what it looks like empty.
And here is what it looked like with some goodies in it.
I bought the yarn, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, directly from Knit Picks when I bought the pattern. There were two color schemes. I went with the Lodge color scheme. I thought it was classier than the Bright color scheme, but that’s just me. I bought two skeins of each color, which in the long run was really unnecessary. I used the two full skeins (with very little left over) of the Evergreen color, which is the dark green used for the heel and the cuff. That cuff takes up a lot of yarn. But I used less than one skein of every other color. Oh well, that means I have some yarn left over. As the year goes on I’m going to knit some Christmas decorations (I figured I would make a few new ones a year until we have a normal home full of decorations) so I can use some of the leftovers for that.
The only other holiday knitting I did was for my mother. I bought her some books for Christmas, and decided to knit her bookmarks that match the books. I used sock yarn scraps I had left over from two sock projects, plus some of the mini-skein yarn Angela gave me last year to make hexipuffs. So here they are, along with the books they go with.
So, there you go. I got everything done in time. I had to struggle to finish the second stocking because I was sick for a couple of days last week, but there was no finishing in the car on the way to give the gift issues this year.
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Posted by Andi on December 8, 2012
Last Friday was the Forest Park Holiday Walk on Madison Street, the main street in Forest Park. The night starts with the lighting of the town Christmas tree. We missed it because we were having BBQ at the time. It was likely crowded over there anyway.
There were horse and carriage rides for those who wanted them, with beautiful white horses. There was a tent that had reindeer for children to pet. Santa was in the local bank, which also had yummy cookies and warm drinks (including some fabulous hot cider).
Some shops have entertainment inside, such as live music. The highlight, for me, are the live windows. I only took pictures of a few, but there were a lot of interesting ones. The dance studio had dancers performing in the window. I loved this one, three French hens!
Those in the window interact with people walking by.
Some even pose when they see you have a camera!
I had two favorite windows this year. The one I didn’t get a picture of was from the local yarn store (a crime of the highest order given that this is a knitting blog — how did I not take my camera out for that??). One of the employees was spinning in the window, and the fleece was coming from Santa’s beard. It was adorable! The other was at a local boutique, which also had my favorite window last year. Why?
Last year they were dressed in Wizard of Oz costumes. This year, in case you can’t tell because the photo is dark, the woman is a mermaid, and the pugs are dressed as sea creatures. There was a shark, a lobster, and a turtle. There were many more pugs inside to play with. I was good this year and only spent a few minutes playing with the pugs, unlike last year when I was in there for probably a good half hour.
I’m trying to buy as many of the Christmas presents I’m giving locally this year. Some won’t be bought locally, but most will be. For those of you who may live near Forest Park, note that there is free parking during the holiday season to encourage people to shop locally. You do not have to feed the meter when coming to shop, eat, or drink on Madison Street.
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Posted by Andi on December 2, 2012
Pattern: Rockefeller by Stephen West
Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato in Artichoke (3.04 skeins) and Velvet (2.8 skeins)
Needle: US 3
Date started: September 12, 2012
Date completed: November 25, 2012
I don’t know if I made a mistake with the pattern or if it was just due to the fact that I didn’t knit a gauge swatch (shut up, it doesn’t matter if a shawl is a little bigger or smaller… I swatch when size matters), but I used a lot more yarn than the pattern called for. Because of the yardage Staccato comes in, I had to buy three skeins of each color, thinking I had more than enough. I even thought I might not need the third skein of Velvet at all. Turns out I used almost three full skeins of Velvet and had to just barely break into a fourth of Artichoke. I didn’t bother to look to see if others had this problem. I don’t really care. I’m very happy with how it turned out. The fact that I had to run back to the yarn store to buy another skein (thank goodness they still had it in the same dye lot) and used very little of it was just a minor inconvenience.
Now onto the bigger problem, one I should have considered before starting this project. I love the colors. I mean love them. I think the shawl looks great. But I have no idea what I’m going to wear this with. Maybe I need to go shopping to find clothes to go with my new accessory!!
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