Thursday, December 30, 2010

Huginn and Muninn

My husband is deeply immersed in Norse mythology, and has a love for the art and stories surrounding Odin and his two reconnaissance ravens, Huginn and Muninn, (Thought and Memory). This was also an Anniversary gift, I made it for his office wall. The wall hanging is needle felted roving on a wool felt base, and then framed with a knitted braid.

A close up view of Huginn.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Pyorre Sweater

This gorgeous sweater pattern is The Pyorre by Mari Muinonen, and was featured in the fall issue of The Twist Collective. I'm showing my version first. I ordered the yarn that the pattern called for in September (which I rarely do) and began knitting in late October. I finished on Dec. 21st. It came out beautifully, and is by FAR the best sweater I've knitted to date. It ended up a perfect fit on D, and was his Anniversary gift this year. The pocket was my biggest drama!! I carefully block the sweater body, and the pocket. I laid the pocket it out, and carefully measured out the center and pinned it into place. I delicately stitched it into place so the stitches looked invisible and there was no sign of puckering. I was so proud!! It was perfect! THEN, I picked up the sweater....and realized I had sewn it onto the back of the sweater....

I was too shocked and devasted to scream, but I wanted to cry. I wished for a high cliff that I could just throw myself off of. After some deep breathing and meditation, I carefully removed the pocket, turned the sweater over and repeated the whole thing onto the front. Whalla!!

These are the pics from the Twist Collective pattern that show a much more accurate color. My camera is so awful at getting good, true color sometimes. D says my batteries are too low or something. Dunno.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

For my Husband's Feet

This pattern for a house slipper is from the last Interweave Knits Weekender magazine. They call for being lined with roving that is needle felted into the inside. I skipped this part, and made them as a second sock, or an over the sock house slipper. They were an easy knit, each one done in an evening while watching a movie. He loves them!! And with them, another pair of his favorite socks. The undulating rib pattern. I used some left over coordinating yarn for top and toe so I could make them longer. The top is about 10 inches high. Again, they were a perfect fit! He ooooh and ahhhhed as he put them on for the first time. He claimed that putting on new handmade socks is like a foot massage!! =)
A close up view of the undulating rib pattern.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Our Son

Our Son Christian, on the right. My heart swells with pride to say that he successfully completed his basic training at the beginning of december!! He was home for the holidays, and now he is setting off for Missouri to get his secondary training.
No matter how concerned and worried we get as parents, our pride for our boy comes first along with our undying support of the path he chooses!! Our love to him always.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Polli's Purse

This is another one of my flower bags! Again made as an adaptation of the Tentacle bag, but not a mobieus. It has 12 petals, and 4 little leaves plus a little leaf with a clip for closing the top. I made this one for my friend Polli as a Solstice gift, and she absolutely loves it!!
Each petal is it's own little pocket on the outside.

This is the finished bad after it was felted. The felting came out beautifully and transformed it magically!! Here it is with all of Polli's stuff inside!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

Merry Christmas to all of my friends who celebrate it!! As your Jewish friend, I was busy through the beginning of the month with my own celebrations, and I was blessed to celebrate Solstice with my Pagan friends!! Also, this year, my wedding anniversary fell on the day after Solstice! I'll have pics of that goodness coming up too!
These are the pics of the gifts I made for 2 of my sisters. I made this hat for my sister Olivia! Knitted and felted. The Lock Nest Hat. A standing view. I've already seen pictures on Facebook of her wearing it, and she loved it!! So did her teenage daughter, who has already taken to wearing it!!
These are the elbow length arm/handwarmers that I sent to my Sister in Law, Johanna. I haven't heard from her yet, but I'm hoping she loves them!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

My Mother in Law's Gift

Lol, now that I'm so far behind on blogging, I've forgotten the name of the lace pattern that I used here! I think it was sea wave, I know it was some kind of wave darn it! But I loved it! I made it from locally grown, spun, and dyed Alpaca that I picked up at this year's wool festival. The scarf is wonderfully light with lovely drape! I also made a pair of matching handwarmers that I think of as Hymnal Mitts, because I know that the first place she will wear them to is Church.
This picture gives off better stitch and pattern detail.

I already recieved my Thank You note, and I was right, she loved them!! That's one of the reasons I love to knit for her, she has such an appreciation for handmade gifts! And I was right again in knowing that she immediately wore them to church!!