Pomme de pin Socks – Code Name: Eagle

Pomme de Pin Socks

Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock, Velvet Underground – 63/100g
Yarn Weight: Sock
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) circulars
Measurements: US Size 7
Pattern Location: Ravelry’s Pomme de pin socks
Time Spent: 13 hours
Dates: 12/16/2012 – 12/22/2012

This was the seventh 2012 Christmas present, code name “Eagle.”  I bought this yarn back in August at the Midwest Stitches convention for my mom, code name Black Mamba.  I knew back then that I’d make her a pair of socks for Christmas.  I didn’t want plain stockinette socks because I’m teaching her how to make those on her own.

The pattern needs a solid color to pull it off completely.  This tonal yarn hid a lot of it especially on the leg portion.  I ended up skipping one of the repeats because it was hard to see the pattern anyway and I was happy with the length it was.

I have enough yarn left over that I’m going to make a basic pair of socks for myself.  I like the feel and color of this yarn.  I’m running out of room to store all my yarn so I want to use up any partial skeins instead of adding it to my stash!

Xmas Dotty Pot – Code Name: Cuckoo

Xmas Dotty Pot Combo

Yarn: Knit Picks Bulky Wool of the Andes White and Knit Picks Cadena Cranberry
Yarn Weight: Bulky
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) DPN and US 8 (5.0 mm) DPN
Size: Small
Pattern Location: Ravelry’s Dotty Pots
Time Spent: 3 hours
Dates: 12/17/2012 – 12/19/2012

This was the sixth 2012 Christmas present, code name “Cuckoo.”  It was the only project where the code names had meaning.  I made it for my friend Laura who is the only non-family member on the list.  Her code name, Scarlet Snake, was chosen because scarlet snakes are non-venomous.  They mimic the appearance of the coral snake which is venomous.  The Cuckoo bird leaves its eggs in another species nest.  These names were a hint that it didn’t quite fit with the others.

This was another dotty put but I used bulky weight yarn for both the pot and the dots.  I cast on a few less stitches so it would still come out the same size as the ones I made for my sister.  Even though it’s a fairly small pot it still managed to hold an entire pound of banana candy!  This time around the candy was the gift but looked sad all alone and needed something to hold it.

When Laura opened it at work she called it her pot of gold and had her little Kermit the Frog sitting on top to guard it. Very adorable.  The candy is long gone so Kermit is now sitting in the pot with his little head sticking out.

Windansea Hat – Code Name: Hawk

Windansea

Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton, Irish Linen – 100/100 g
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Needles: Size 6 (4 mm) circular
Size: Large
Pattern Location: Ravelry’s Windansea Hat
Time Spent: 10 hours
Dates: 12/8/2012 – 12/11/2012

This was the fifth 2012 Christmas present, code name “Hawk.”  I made it for my mom, code name “Black Mamba,” since she wanted this hat or the ridiculously complicated Nightingale socks.  I will make those socks one day but I have a feeling it will be for me.  The hat was still a challenge because I’ve never made a brimmed hat.

The hardest part was finding the “millinery wire” it asked for.  Save yourself some time if you’re looking for this and go on Etsy.  I bought mine from LuLu Deux Millinery; the price was good and the shipping was fast.  I wish I had just gone straight to Etsy instead of trying to find it in any stores around me.  I know people make substitutes but I did not find any substitute I liked.  If I ever make another brimmed hat I will also buy the joiners.  The pattern says to tape the two ends together but a real joiner seems worth it me.

The second hardest part was crocheting an encasing around the wire.  There were a few times the wire was tricky to work with but mostly it was because I’m a terrible crocheter.  I was also very surprised by how much yarn was used up for the encasing.  Again this may just be my lack of experience with crocheting.

The final difficulty was finding a box to wrap it in!  I didn’t want a bag because that would put pressure on the brim and it’d end up slightly misshapen.  Luckily Hobby Lobby had a small collection of hat boxes.  The first one I tried was a tiny bit too small so I ended up buying one that was quite a bit bigger than necessary.  Fortunately my mom really liked the hat box too so it ended up as two gifts in one =)

I do have enough millinery wire left over to make a second hat.  Maybe if my mom decides she needs a lighter weight or different color I’ll make her a second one since I already have the hardest part done!

Dotty Pots – Code Name: Osprey

Dotty Pots

Yarn: Cascade 220 Seafoam, Knit Picks Bulky Wool of the Andes White, and Knit Picks Merino Style DK Doormouse
Yarn Weight: Worsted, Bulky, DK
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) DPN and US 7 (4.5 mm) DPN
Measurements: Small
Pattern Location: Dotty Pots
Time Spent: 7 hours
Dates: 11/24/2012 – 12/14/2012

This was the fourth 2012 Christmas present, code name “Osprey.”  I made two of them for my sister Cindy, code name Cobra, to match her Christmas list kitchen colors.  The first one I made with white “dots” in a heavier weight yarn than the pot.  The second I tried with brown “dots” in a lighter weight yarn than the pot.  I prefer making the dots out of the heavier weight.  I think it gives more stability to the pot and more visibility to the dots.

These two little pots looked very sad all empty so I got two bags of Hersey Kisses: a white chocolate candy cane for the white dotted pot and milk chocolate with almonds in the brown dotted pot.  After that they looked complete but I’m still surprised I was able to fit a whole bag of them in each pot!

GIR Hat – Code Name: Kestrel

GIR

Yarn: Various stash left overs of lime, black, white, and magenta
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Needles: Size 6, 7, and 8 DPNs
Measurements: 20″ circumference
Pattern Location: Invader Zim GIR Knit Hat
Time Spent: 10 hours
Dates: 11/14/2012 – 11/18/2012

This was the third 2012 Christmas present, code name “Kestrel.” The hat itself was a simple basic hat.  I liked the even hem the pattern has by stitching the cast on edge inside the hat and think I will use this in some of my future hats.  It gives a nice double thickness for the brim along with the clean edge.  I made the tongue and ears and then stitched them to the hat but I picked up the stitches directly from the hat for the eyes.  I found it much easier and cleaner with the eyes.

I have to admit that this hat really freaked me out for weeks.  I had it sitting out on the table and those eyes … I swear they would follow me around the room.  It’s nice and cute when someone’s wearing it but wow can it be creepy when it’s just sitting there after awhile.

The gift was for my niece Sara, code name Rattlesnake, and she was very excited.  She wore it all day long.  I found out she has a bigger head than me!  I was worried the hat would be to big but instead it was a little on the small side.  I thought it was only her brother with the big head.