Knitters’ gift exchange

Being a part of a knitting community is so awesome. There are so many benefits- social time, shared knowledge, problem-solving…. then there are special events!

My group in San Francisco has an annual stash exchange, which is so much fun! The group I feel closest to here in Portland has a Gift Exchange. It’s run like a white elephant, but with quality goods.

I didn’t expect to be able to attend (sadly, my husband’s work schedule isn’t conducive to knit nights), but I appealed to a nephew and he covered childcare so I could attend. Yay! It was so fun! I’ve experienced swaps where there’s lots of “stealing” and such intrigue, but this was some kind of blessed exchange in which people were magically getting items perfectly suited to them, no stealing needed!

I myself ended up with a cute, locally made bag, local vegan truffles, a stitch saver (interestingly, local to where I moved from), and reusable/metal straws. All very suitable for me, and there wasn’t a gift I felt like stealing. What a fun evening!

I should think about making a monthly or so deal with the nephews so I can attend knit night, eh? It’s so good for the soul.

Happy knitting!

Sneak peek

Obviously I can’t show any FOs before Christmas, but here’s a shot of the inside of something I’m working on, because I think the inside of color work is amazing!

More soon! Happy knitting!

Tiny Jayne hat!

I found this free pattern on ravelry for this Jayne hat brooch. I don’t need a brooch, but I wanted it for a Christmas tree ornament. I swear it took less than half an hour!

It’s so cute! I might redo the Pom Pom though, as I just improvised this one, and it could be nicer.

I hope I find time to make more ornaments this year!

Happy knitting, friends!

From socks to mitts

Years ago, I knit the Swedish Fish socks with my sock knitting group in San Francisco. Sadly, my background color was a 100% merino that felted and the socks shrank. I handed them down to my kids until tent were too small to ya k onto anyone’s feet!

I recently decided to try to upcycle the socks into fingerless mitts!

First I inserted a circular needle into the solid row between fish. Then I cut the yarn and started knitting k2p2 ribbing using the swatch from my So Faded pullover. It’s looking good!

I think they’ll be very cute mitts, and I learned an important lesson about yarn choice!

Happy knitting!

Totoro Crossing!

Suddenly I have all sorts of ideas for knitted and crocheted holiday gifts, but, well, pretty limited time to get things done!  I have a few geeky gifts finished, which I’ll show you after the holidays, and purchased yarn for a few more yesterday.  I’m pretty excited about ALL OF THEM!!!!

In the meantime, here’s a shot of a design I just finished for my Threadless shop.  It’s a parody of an animal crossing sign, but instead of a deer or ducks, etc., it’s a trio of Totoros and a couple of Susuwatari– soot sprites.  I need to order myself a sample!

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I’ve been very busy lately working on designs for my artist shop.  If I’m not subbing at a school, I’m at my dining table, drawing and scheming.  OH!  We tested out some Xp-pen tablets at Kumoricon and almost immediately bought one.  It has upped my design game, as it was hard to draw and color on paper and have the designs transfer nicely/bright enough once I scanned them into my computer.  I suppose I’m slow to the game, but creating digitally is a game-changer.

Anyway, check out my shop! .  Happy knitting, drawing, etc!!