2009: A Knitting Odssey

Knits of 2009

2009 was quite the knitty year!!  I cannot believe that I made *only* 25 things… it feels like it should be more and yet I feel like I knitted SO much.

This year brought a new name, a new extended family, and a whole new perspective :-).  It was filled with so many highs that thankfully outnumbered the lows.  We will always remember the people we lost this year with love.

There are so many highlights to this year both personally and knitwise!  Um, I got married!  and Woah welcome blogworld to my little blog with 5th Avenue!

I am very much looking forward to what 2010 will bring….  say it with me: 10 – 10 – 10!!!

Moneypenny Mitts

Moneypenny Mitts

Pattern: From Scratch
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Worsted, 1 ball – Copper Penny
Needles: Size US 7 addi circulars

I have been craving fingerless mittens ever since the temperature dropped.  As you have seen, I had some gift knits to finish but as soon as the last tail was woven in I immediately set out to Patricia's for yarn.  It didn't take me long to fall in love with this colorway from Madeline Tosh.

Moneypenny Mitts

A little swatch in woven stitch and whola a new pair of mitts for me!

Moneypenny Mitts

My friend Chris also made a similar pair.  We had sat together at the yarn shop all day working out the mitts together.  Increasing for the thumb gusset was a little tricky in woven stitch but we managed to make it work so that it wasn't too obvious.

I'll defnitely write it up to share with you all if you want to make yourself a pair of Moneypennys! 

Giving and Receiving Love

This holiday I've had the pleasure of knitting a few things for some of my favorite people.   Finally the gifting is out and I can let you all in on what's been going on with my needles since early December!

For one of my best friends:

Bella's Mittens

Pattern: Bella's Mittens (ravelry link)
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon, 2 balls
Needles: US9s Addi Circs

My close girlfriends and I have participated in our own Secret Santa for the past 4 years now!  This is the 2nd time I got my good friend Julie. I think by now all my girlfriends know that whom ever I have is going to receive something knitted.  It wasn't hard to choose the Bella Mittens as she, myself and my other two girlfriends are pretty much obsessed with the books. Midnight showing of New Moon?  Yup we were there. I really enjoyed making these! They are speedy and very well fitting mittens.  I need to make myself a pair so we can be matchy-matchy.   Over the years my best friend Julie has been the recipient of many a knitted gift from me.  I think by now I've outfitted her completely.  I guess next time she'll get socks 😉

For my wonderful F.I.L:

Men's socks for my F.I.L

Pattern: Based on Men's Socks for Giving from the Purl Bee
Yarn: KPPPM, grey and green
Needle: US 1 Addi Circs

My FIL is a dad's dad.  He's a no frills, practical awesome kind of man. So when I pulled his name for the in-law Secret Santa I knew right away that he would be a perfect recipient of a nice pair of  wool socks.  I enjoyed making these so much that I've already casted on a pair for myself  in Kersti and have a request from my bro-in-law.  I really enjoy the striping details and the green gusset and toes.

F.I.L Socks

For my favorite L.Y.S owner who also happens to be my B.F.F:

Circular Shrug

Pattern: Circular Shrug by Julia Allen – raveled
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed, 6 balls
Needle: US 9 Addi Circular

A few of us at the LYS decided to do a little gift giving this year.  We were sitting around talking one night about the many things we were making for other people and someone *coughmecough* suggested we draw names to make each other something too.  I drew darling Patricia!  I knew I didn't want to make her just a hat or scarf so I perused the good ol' Ravelry pattern-base and found the Circular Shrug.  

Circular Shrug

I almost had to pry this one out of my hands when I was putting this into the gift bag.  I tried it on a few times for fit while making it and every time was just surprised at how clever and pretty it was.  I think Trish likes it too as she's hardly taken it off since I gave it to her.  Success!

And yes of COURSE I got some fun things in return!

Hot Shrug Trish!

For the LYS Santa Swap I received a beautiful Misti Alpaca scarf from Heather!  Here I am with the super happy smile on my face with Patricia and her fabulous Circular Shawl.  The scarf is beautiful and I love wearing it!  Thank you Heather!!

And last but certainly not least. My SFAM, Nonnahs, and I finally got around to doing a swap!  

My SFAM Beret!!

This beautiful beret came just days before Christmas.  I LOVE IT!!!  This is what I made her.  It's obvious that this isn't going to be the last time we swap!!  

So much giving and recieving and the best part to all this is the people behind each piece.  I have had such a wonderful 2009 and am so blessed with the many many wonderful people that have entered my life.  To be able to knit and share joy is just a small measure to the happiness I get from just knowing all these people.

I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday and spent quality time with your loved ones.  It's those moments that make all this worth while.

Aloha!

I forgot how much you really can't blog when you're making Christmas presents!   All the recipients read this space and I am such a sucker for the surprise.  I can however happily post some made for my non-knitting friends over in Ravelry but one will simply just have to wait until it's delivery.

I am not completely guilty of being so non-posty without good reason.  I had a little surprise jaunt to a little place called Hawai'i earlier this month.

Wow.  And this place is in the United States?  So this is what they mean by For Better…a little perk for the wife.  Score! And with my SFAM, Nonnahs, leading the way – I got to see a great deal of Oahu. 

Trip Highlights:

Waikiki, view from my room

Waikiki.  For some reason I always think of Wheel of Fortune when I think of Waikiki.  I can hear Pat Sajak right now telling the contestant what they've won. It's probably the most  NYC-like part of Hawai'i if it were located on a more beautiful island. Downtown is pretty sophisticated and very busy with lots of street performers and artists.  A real mixture of the island life and midtown Manhattan.

Leonard's!

Leonard's – Malasadas!!!  As Nonnahs so awesomely called them "little balls of fried goodness"  I had two each of the original and cinnamon. Delish!

The Arizona

Pearl Harbor. We happen to be out there during the anniversary of it's bombing.   My husband and I went out early one morning to see the Arizona.  What a solumn site.  I just kept thinking of all the brave men and women that were laid to rest under us at that moment.

Waves off the North Shore

– The North Shore – talk about HUGE waves!  Mr. H and I woke up early one morning to take the drive North.  It was  a stormy day and while driving the radio DJ kept telling us how they haven't seen waves that big in a long time and how they set up shelters for any homes that get washed away because of them.  Mr. H turned to me and said, "Um, should we even be going up there?" I told him to drive on!  We didn't get far, just a little past Haleiwa.  The traffic was at a stand still.  Everyone apparently had the same idea we did and wanted to see the 50ft waves.  I did though get to see Nonnah's favorite shaved ice place – Aoki's!  It was about 8am when we got there so it wasn't open yet.  All that means it that I have to go back!

Ko'Olina Lagoons.  Sadly no pics yet!  Probably one of the nicest spots in Oahu.  Beautiful hotels and man made beaches.  Mr. H and I went on a snorkling trip to hopefully see some dolphins.  We were the 5% who didn't.  We did however get to see a ton of troplical fish.  I promise to scan in some pics from the underwater camera we bought.  I've never seen nor swam with so many fish in my life!

Of course during the course of seeing and doing all those things I drank my fair share of Mai Tais.  What a lovely fruity drink 😉  And if you haven't noticed – no knitting took place in Hawai'i.  Well, that's not entirely true – some knitting – and only while Mr. H and I were cooped up in a dark bar watching the Giants play at 11am did I work on a project.  I did have very grandiose intentions and had brought 3 different projects with me.  I worked on the majority of one and a little of the other all on the plane rides.  One sad project took the trip and quality Macadamia Nut and Kona Coffee luggage space for nothing.  At least I could say that project went to Hawai'i.

Mahalo, Nonnahs, for a wonderful tour of your beautiful home state!

Back on the mainland, in the Christmas Meter of DIY Presents, I'm in the Santa's Elves got nothin' on me mode.  I feel strangely at ease for finishing my projects.  I find myself thinking "oh I still have tomorrow – it'll get done."  I fear that mentatlity is going to land me in the Holy Reindeer Poop range if I don't get crackin'. I'm also dabbling into other crafts this Christmas. I've made a wine cork wreath which just shows how I'm one step away from entering AA.  Actually those corks were collected over a few years and almost got put to the curb this last move by my husband who was convinced I wasn't going to do anything with them.  

I drink a lot of wine

We're snuggled safely inside our apartment with the first full snow storm which delivered a fair share of snow last night. I guess you all know what I'll be doing today.

Ishbel

 From the Waikiki beach to a winter wonderland it's been one heck of a December!

Mele Kalikimaka!

for a good cause.

For those of you who are in the NYC area tonight …

Pinot & Pearls  

Or if you can't make the party consider donating at the Covenant House website.

In other news… Life at Chez Tenten is slowly getting back to normal after the move. Having the Thanksgiving holiday in there was also quite the challenge but I really enjoyed spending time with my in-laws in VA.  Nothing like eating lots of turkey and lounging – warms the spirit.  Also, lots of knitting has been done but most of it is secret Presents but I hope to have a few new things to show soon enough!