Have a Merry One!

Things are going to start getting into full Holiday craziness mode here at tenten. So before I go and have more eggnog than I can handle, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

I had intended to do a more thorough "end of year" blog post but know that will not be possible.  With that said, I think I found the perfect substitute!  

Found through the Photojojo newsletter, I created a pretty awesome “life before your eyes” video via a site called Pummelvision. Since the majority of my pictures in Flickr are knitting it’s essentially my knitting life flashing before your eyes (give or take a few milestone life shots in there).

 

I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be HUGE.  

Jasper Diamond Hoodie

Upon the urging of my darling husband, I jumped the gun and sent my niece her Christmas present. I didn't really put up a fight because once that last button was sewed I admit I wanted to see her in it just as much as he did. (probably even more)

Vintage Baby Knits Hoodie

Pattern: Jasper Diamond Hoodie from Vintage Baby Knits
Yarn: Amy Butler DK from Rowan, 5 skeins
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) 
Raveled 

She received it faster than expected (thank you USPS!) and now I am happily posting the sweater here because if it looks as good on all babies as it does on my niece than this needs to be made by all ASAP. It's one of many awesome patterns in this fabulous book.

I got the Vintage Baby Knits book at last year's TNNA. From the moment Kristen herself handed it over, I couldn't put it down. I remember walking along booth to booth with my nose stuck in it flipping page to page loving each piece more than the next. I think I even had a bit of an outburst in the Blue Sky booth. (What can I say? When I get excited about something I tend to scream a bit… and maybe jump… Ok, dance a little too – fine, I have a full on happy tantrum!)

Jasper Hoodie

But seriously, how can you not want to do the dance of joy when you see how cute this little sweater is!? The pattern is very easy to follow. I just found one minor mistake on the buttonhole round.  The placement of the marker should be right after the bound off stitches (do not K1).  I also opted to not do the crocheted edging around the seed stitch hood. I think it looks good o'naturale.

Jasper Hoodie

The little flower buttons are from Patricia's Yarns.  There weren't enough in one color so I opted for every other and find that to be even more charming!

I'm truly in the full Christmas mood. I've got "Linus and Lucy" station on Pandora playing non stop at work and at home. There's something so warm and inviting to me about jazz.  It also happens to be a perfect soundtrack to holiday knitting too! 

it’s holiday knit time!

Korkniesse

I am a knitting elf right now. There are so many projects on my needles but I have nothing to show for because the dear recipients come by and check in every once in a while. (hello! I know you're watching me!)  

So in lew of that I give you my small army of Korknisse!

I fell in love with these little guys when I first saw them on Elli's blog.  I forgot about them this year until she happened to mention them recently. I have been making about 4 a day! It is a perfect way to use up all the scrap yarn I have around the house. (oh and ahem, the wine corks too… got a lot of those apparently…)

Anyway, that's all for now but I promise to do a FO marathon once all the recipients have received their gifts!  Until then I hope you all are not as overwhelmed with the holiday gifting and are reaching all your knitty deadlines!!  25th isn't far away!!

xoxo – and Ho Ho ho!