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The Family’s Christmas Presents

A couple of months before Christmas, I sent a text to my family asking them, “What do you want for Christmas? Make it easy on my college kid wallet.”

The youngest, Johnny, didn’t want anything handmade. He asked for NHL 09 or NFL 12. He got NHL 09. Oh, my brother. I swear he’s become an All-American teen.

But the rest of my family wanted handmade things, and that was definitely my realm.

The middle brother, Ricky, is a total game nerd. He loves video games, but his current passion is card games. He asked me initially to make a bag to hold an entire deck, but after trying to explain to me how big it was, he eventually gave me dimension and said, “Go crazy.” I asked for any specifics, and he said it had to be blue and black, and a water drop should be on there somewhere. Here’s the result:

I crocheted it back and forth and then surface stitched over the blue stitches so the water drop motif would look cleaner. The cord is a foundation chain with one row of slip stitching.

My dad wanted a lap blanket to go with the huge blanket I made him last Christmas. The color scheme was totally different, though. While the huge blanket was brown, gray, and white (neutral colors), the lap blanket was green and brown. I decided a granny blanket would be nice and easy to make. I asked for dimensions, and he gave me 5’x3′- which ended up not being the finishing dimensions. It is still an acceptable size, though!

I didn’t block it, so it doesn’t lay flat. However, my dad doesn’t care. Woo! I did a reverse single crochet edging. I really love the ropy look reverse single crochet gives!
My mother was simple. She’s really easy to make things for because we’re both craft-oriented, and whenever she sees something she likes, she asks me to make it, and whenever I see something I like, she makes it for me. I picked up a wristwarmer knitting book from a Japanese bookstore a while back, and my mom wanted me to make her sleeveless gloves in order to keep her hands warm. She pointed out the pattern, gave me colors, and off I went! She loved them and wore them all break. I wish I had gotten a picture of her wearing them. They fit her.
My hands are rather large…
 
There you have it! My crafty 2013 Christmas. I may not do it this year and get one large present my family can share instead. This year, I’m doing selfish knitting. I have a ton of WIPs to work on that are very interesting for me. Keep an eye out for those!

Progress!

I promise that Wednesday I will talk about my vegetarian diet. Promise. I may have a new (vegetarian!) recipe to share! Your waiting will not be in vain. I think Wednesday I’ll talk about a cupcake pattern I tried out today, share the frosting I used for that (I had to adapt the one given to me), and possibly share a recipe using tofurky. I went to Trader Joe’s and bought myself some to make spaghetti, you see. While I was at Trader Joe’s, I had a bit of an epiphany. I don’t miss meat. Not as much as I thought I would. I do, however, miss seafood. I wanted to pick up some salmon while at TJ, but I didn’t because that fish would just sit in my freezer for a few weeks. Oh, well.

“But what’s this progress you mention in your title?” you ask. I’m getting there! Just went on a bit of a tangent, that’s all. My progress is actually related to my crochet/knit projects! Did you expect differently? I’ve got a few finished projects. One has been finished since the beginning of January, the others finished only recently. Here we are:
The Triumph Cable Scarf from Smariek Knits
I churned this one out in about nine days. I started on January 9th, finished January 14th. I honestly thought it would take longer because of the cables… But it didn’t! This is a beautiful pattern for the scarf. It’s a part of Smariek’s series of cable scarves. I recommend checking out the rest of the series. The scarves are absolutely gorgeous.
Dog Blanket
One of the two blankets I made for my dogs. The blankets were stashbusting projects, in truth. It works, though! Acrylic yarn is best for my dogs, because Joey occasionally throws up while in his cage. It needs to be something that is easy to wash, yet look attractive at the same time. I have to figure out which blanket to give to which dog… The star blanket didn’t turn out quite as large as I’d hoped and this blanket can work for either dog. We’ll see!
This took a little while to make because it was initially only worked on while I was riding the bus to volunteer work and during periods where it would be impossible for me to bring a larger project. Towards the end, I powered through this. I used Caron Simply Soft, and I’m extremely fond of the colors. It was very simple and enjoyable to make.

 

I need to get more yarn for this project, but I got all of this from three balls of Red Heart Simply Soft. My gauge isn’t quite right, so I found, much to my shock, I’m making a size large using the size medium instructions. Note to self: If using the same hooks, work the pattern smaller to get the correct size.

 

Another cute triangle scarf pattern by Caitlin ffrench! According to her, ‘Same as Seven’ is the same as ‘Seven and Zero’, minus the holes. I wanted to make this one because it looks a little more feminine, and I needed another stashbusting project. I’m a huge fan of the blue/white of this scarf.
Donald Duck Blanket

 

This is my mom’s birthday blanket! I alluded to this before, remember? Well, I’m almost done with the second ‘oh boy’. I’m hoping this will be finished by my mom’s birthday. You can see the slight differences in color at the top… this is because I thought all the light blue I had would be similar. Dye lots are extremely important. I don’t particular;y care because it gives this blanket a little quirk. I ended up using the baggies to hold tiny balls of yarn because that got tangled, fast. I had a huge pile of yarn while trying to do the color work at first. I became frustrated and started using the baggies instead. It works like a charm.
There is my progress for the week!

Happy birthday!

Today was Nate’s birthday. It was a lovely day spent watching the Doctor Who Christmas episode, playing Majora’s Mask, eating dinner with his family, and playing Apples to Apples with people who actually have a sense of humor similar to mine.  My family tends to be more realistic. He absolutely loves his gift, a Legend of Zelda scarf from this website. I found it on Ravelry in English. Go check it out!

Speaking of Ravelry, I’ve added four new projects to work on. They’re all blankets because I am in a blanket making mood. Two of them are Portal blankets, one for me, one for Nate. The inspiration is this:

He gets the orange one and I get the blue one. It works out just fine. We both get the colors we want!
The next blanket is for my mother on her birthday. She loves Donald Duck, so for her, I’m creating the Donald Duck blanket. I figured the catchphrase “oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!” worked much better with this image of Donald than “What’s the big idea?” or the angry noises that my mom and I think look something like this: “#!?” And he looks happy! I’m sure she’ll love this blanket.
The fourth blanket is for my dad. He loves his Florida Gators. He graduated from the University of Florida, so I figured why not make him a Gators blanket? I used a pixel logo I found on deviantart and made some serious changes to it to make the gator look more realistic. I grew up a Gators fan. That logo looking accurate is insanely important to me partially because of that reason.

 

Christmas Presents

As usual, I’m making my family Christmas presents. I recently finish a pair of gloves for Ricky. I’ve only got my dad’s blanket and Nate’s scarf to go. Take a look at the things I’ve been making:

My dad’s striped afghan pattern comes from a book called 1-2-3 Crochet. I’ve adapted it to be about 4 ft wide and 7 feet long. I don’t know why my dad wants it that long… But it’s very warm. I’ve always liked making blankets because once it gets to a certain length, it keeps me warm.
Johnny’s beanie. The green is darker in reality. It does not look that… washed out. This comes from a pattern called the Doctor Who Slouchy Beanie, but I can’t find the website I got it off of. I found it through ravelry, but now it’s not showing up.
This comes from a book called Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan. The skirt does do a very obvious color change… But I think it looks nice in person because it gives this dress some character! I have yet to block it (as seen by the markers holding the ends together so it doesn’t go all wavy). I hope it fits.
Ricky’s water gloves from the Cigar pattern. He really only wants a pair of fingerless gloves, so I changed the last two fingers to make them fingerless. The water drop is off center. I’m fixing that when I write up how I did this. But Ricky isn’t a perfectionist. His only request was that if one was off center, the other had to be, too. I could do that.
Finally, Nate’s scarf from the Twilight Princess scarf pattern. I was going through ravelry and found this. His gasp of joy decided it. I would make him this scarf. And so now I am! I’ve just finished the third pattern repeat. Four more to go! This isn’t a Christmas present. It’s Nate’s birthday present. He already got his Christmas present.

Handmade Christmas gifts are always the best. I love making them!

Completed Sakutaro and WIPs?

I finished the Sakutaro from a few months ago. Here we are!

There are several things that could be fixed, but I can’t go back and fix it now. D: I haven’t given it to Jen… She hasn’t been on dA where I’ve posted it.
My current WIP is a Ravenclaw scarf for my boyfriend.  This is it from forever ago. It’s much longer now- almost finished!
He’s a proud Ravenclaw like I am. I can’t give it to him in time for the final movie- I’m an ocean away. Chilling in Hawaii, that’s where I am~
I’ve got such a huge list of projects I have to work on. Most of them are thankfully tiny, but I’ve been given another project where I have to guess the pattern- a heartless from Kingdom hearts! :D I’m excited to get to work on this one.

Blargh.

School has been swamping me with homework. >.< My Japanese teacher is insane, let me say. She’s giving us huge projects with only a week to work on them, and we’re essentially her guinea pigs. She’s giving us projects that she didn’t do with her other school. Hm. I don’t like her teaching style very much.

I’ve got the Katamari almost done, except I need to go buy the magnets and sew everything together. :’D Also working on the elephant for my friend… It’s turning out very well so far. :3 I also got several commissions! Suddenly, they’re falling out of the sky! :O Nate wants a Ravenclaw scarf, and I was like, “YES! Showing off house colors!” Because I, too, am a Ravenclaw, and I love my house. :3 Ashley, a fellow Hetalia fan, wants me to make her an America mochi, so I just need to go find a good reference picture and get around to writing patterns for both America mochi and Sakutaro. I’ve been putting it off for forever, and that’s not healthy.

Working on stuff for my creative writing club, mostly scarves we can sell at Holiday Markt this Thursday~

I’ve been bored as of late, though, so I’ve been downloading stuff for The Sims 3. Time to make my characters come to life and see what they do!

Jessie, away!