[crochet] Christmas Coasters Finished

I did finish all the coasters:

Finished coasters

It was kind of hard to give these up. I love the little bit of gold glitz in them:

Finished coasters

Very festive.


[craft] Christmas Tags

I had to start wrapping gifts this past weekend and all I had in the house was wrapping paper and tape. No tags. BUT I did find blank crafty-type tags and a package of 4 sheets of Christmas stickers. So I made my own tags and I think they're soooooo cute:

Homemade Christmas Tags

I might need to do this every year. It was so fun to make different combinations of the stickers.

Homemade Christmas Tags

Homemade Christmas Tags

It was kind of sad to see people read the tag, open the present, crumple the tag with the wrapping paper and throw it away but, sigh, it's okay. It just a tag. Just a homemade tag. That I made and went "Hah hah, omg, that's so cute" after making every single one.


[spinning] Nightingale Fibers

Spun a true 3-ply with 50% alpaca and 50% merino from Nightingale Fibers (picked up at 2011 VT Sheep and Wool festival, I think).

Aplaca/Merino 3-ply

Ending up being a light worsted weight. 


[misc] Murderface Monday

Murderface, coming to see what I'm eating and whether or not he wants some:


He always wants some. He's Starvin' Marvin all the time because Penny eats her food as OMGfastAsPossible and then runs over to his dish to eat whatever he's still woking on. (Penny knows enough to not try that anymore with Santana.) Murderface tried to bite the air around her head but he doesn't smack her to deter her. He's just too sweet and polite. But then he's like, "Meow I'm hungry! Meow I'm hungry! Meow! MEOW!" Penny, can you not take Murderface's food anymore, please?




[crochet] Christmas Coasters

Whipping up some sets of coasters to give out for Christmas:

Christmas Coasters

You'd think after making the Catan lapghan/gameboard that I'd never want to make another single-crochet hexagon again. But. I can make them pretty quickly now. 

Christmas Coasters

The yarn is Louisa Harding Cinnabar, which is a mishmash of 30% Viscose, 25% Cotton, 15% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 10% Linen, 5% Polyamide (nylon), and 5% Acetate. I have to be a little careful working with it, because I'm using a smaller hook to make the coasters dense, and there are so many plies of different fibers, they can kind of come undone. But the finished coasters have a nice tweedy look with a little bit of glitz. I am able to make a set of 6 coasters from one ball of Cinnabar.


[knitting] Christmas Hats

Whipped up three hats to give as Christmas presents:

Christmas Hats

Still need to sew in the ends.

The yarn is Knit Picks Shamrock that I ordered years ago. It's a heavy worsted/light bulky weight. The pattern was just: Cast on 84, k2p2 up up and away until decreases for the crown. Easy. Each hat only took a couple evenings to make.


[knitting] Slippers

Finished a pair of slippers (which are really just a pair of double-thick socks):


Yarn: Plymouth Encore Colorspun Worsted, pink, 2 balls (yarn held double)

Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)

Notes: These are nice and plush. Easy to make- the pattern is written to knit these flat, then seam them shut. I had to pull out my trusty Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (this is still my 'desert island' knitting reference book) to make sure I did my garter-to-garter sewing invisible. You really can't see/feel the seam along the foot and heel.

If I were to make these again, I'd probably do the cuff in the round and then work the actual foot flat.

These are nice to keep by the couch. I usually go around the house barefoot, even in the winter. These slippers are nice to pull on when my feet are up on the coffee table and my toes get cold.