I’ve broken a personal record. From Thanksgiving break to earlier this week, in a span of 21 days, I knitted 8 Christmas presents for my friends before leaving for Winter break.
The horrible photo
blogger that I am forgot to take pictures of the gifts before I wrapped them up (except for the socks because I wanted to get a before/after blocking shot) but here they are with their loving new owners!
Tip from a college gift giver on a budget: Don’t waste money on wrapping paper! Brown paper bags are just as nice, and you’re recycling so it’s good for the environment as well.
Fingerless Mitts (click for Ravelry pattern) – this pattern comes in three sizes, and Chris claims that fitted him perfectly.
Little Bow – something I whipped up on the spot and all Rachel asked for. Just double up on yarns, knit a few rows in garter stich, and wrap one color tail around the middle. She’s wearing it with a bobby pin
Incognito Cowl – Jackie loves mustaches, so when I saw this pattern I thought it was perfect for her. It’s not the best picture for seeing the mustache but a cool pattern nonetheless. This pattern also comes in 3 sizes.
Seed Stich Beanie – if there’s something that I’m good at doing it’s making up hats on the spot. I made this beanie with a ribbed brim and seed stich body. The decreasing pattern got a little wonky because of the od numer of stitches but the result is still great.
Brandon Ribbed Beanie Hat – A really quick hat to knit up and a great pattern for gifts for guys. Duke has like no hair so I figured his head would get cold in the winter time :P
Happy Sea Turtle – I knitted this pattern once before for my turtle-loving high school French teacher and if anyone loves turtles as much as Madame Kennedy, it’s my roommate Kerry.
Orca Whale – Jonathan’s a Marine Science major so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with an amigurumi orca. I need to make more amigurumi. They are so fun to knit!
Basic Dude Socks – I have a lot of mixed feelings about these socks. They were the first pair of socks I’ve ever knitted, so they were quite an accomplishment, but the pattern was a little confusing for a first-time sock maker so I had to do the first toe about a million times after watching a million videos and reading a million articles before I got it right. I took this picture before wrapping them because I was planning on doing a before/after blocking post. There they are on top of my accounting notes. Ok so their Dude Socks, why are they pink and green? Well, my friend Brian who is also the Treasurer for the Knitting and Crochet club (and doesn’t know how to knit) had been asking me for watermelon socks since forever aka the first meeting. I set out on making them for Christmas but them being my first socks, I wasn’t sure how they would fit. Well, the cuff isn’t nearly as stretchy enough even after using the knit through the front loops bind off as seen here but they didn’t seem stretchy at all. So in short, Brian can’t actually wear them as socks (more like slippers) because they won’t fit around his ankle. Maybe next time, I guess.
Now, I’m sitting on my couch at home watching Once Upon a Time, much needed after this crazy semester. I’ll be working on some gifts for family members in the upcoming days. I’m knitting ornaments!