A Job Well Done

The holiday food has been enjoyed, the gifts have been given & received, the icy roads traversed, and I have joined the entire Christmas-celebrating world with a large sigh — both of relief & of quiet joy. We’ve done well this year.

I’ve finally taken pics of all the items I knitted (knit?) for my friends & family. I was so busy knitting them I haven’t had a chance to post them here before now!

ribbed slippers
Gifted to: my new Step-Dad
Pattern: holiday IK’s 2008 Ribby Slipper Socks
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver held double
Needles: I forget…size 10 1/2 dpns, I think

fingerless mitts for ellen 3
Gifted to: my youngest sister, Ellen
Pattern: my own — I might try to type it up when I make the next pair
Yarn: Paton’s Merino Wool (brown) and undyed BFL (cream)
Needles: size 7 dpns, I believe (my notes are *somewhere*)

ice cream cozy
Gifted to: my Grandpa, an ice cream lover
Pattern: my own — this one I will type up soon – it was super easy, although it took 2 tries…anyone want a small felted bowl? lol
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: size 10 1/2 dpns

dr. who finished 3

dr. who finished 1

dr. who finished 2

Gifted to: my Uncle, a huge Dr. Who fan (the guy in the glasses)
Pattern: Dr. Who season 12 scarf
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Needles: size 5 straights (my pretty Peace Fleece needles!)
Finished size: 10 feet, 7 inches; with tassels: 11 feet, 6 inches

teacher's assistant fingerless mitts 2 teacher's assistant fingerless mitts 1
Gifted to: Mrs. Wilkinson, Ian’s teacher’s assistant
Pattern: my own — just an easy 2×2 rib with a BO then CO 4 sts. thumb hole
Yarn: Interlacements Tiny Toes & Opal — 1 strand of each
Needles: size 7 dpn’s

teacher's fingerless mitts
Gifted to: Mrs. Prout, Ian’s teacher
Pattern: my own — the same as above, but without the stockinette rolled cuff
Yarn: Socks That Rock in “Puck’s Mischief” & Dreams In Color Smooshy — 1 strand of each
Needles: size 7 dpn’s

mini starsky 3

mini starsky 2
Gifted to: my niece, Haley (her mom is owner of the Starsky sweater I knit)
Pattern: my own — obviously inspired by the Starsky I knit for my sister. I doubt I’ll ever go through this pattern — there are sooo many things I’d have to change/fix. The sleeves are puckery as I picked up too many stitches (I reknit those sleeves FIVE times!), the arm holes were 2 inches too deep, so I had to sew them closed, it’s a bit too snug around, the front cables should be reworked as my initial idea wasn’t all that great, and I almost ran out of yarn when I knit the collar. That said — it was the hit of Christmas! My sister is thrilled, and my niece looked very cozy & sweet (although she wouldn’t let me get a decent pic, lol).
Yarn: Paton’s Shetland Chunky left over from her Mom’s sweater — I finished with less than 2 yards leftover!
Needles: size 9’s this is a size or two smaller than the original Starsky, but I think it works better for a little one this way.

Whew…that’s all the knitting! There was another Christmas project for my boys this year, though. We re-did their room & bought them a bunk bed set! My sister & mother-in-law drove over after my husband took the older boys to (a different) sister of mine’s house the evening before Christmas Eve. We tag teamed painting & playing with Spencer (who was fantastic — mostly due to my rockin’ Mother-in-law). My MIL cut out around 10, then my sis & I finished up the painting & decided to surprise my husband by bringing in the bunk bed & setting it up. He was supposed to do it Christmas Eve evening (leaving my family’s celebration a bit early while I stayed with the boys until they would surely fall asleep on the way home so they could be put in our bed for the night). We were up until 4-5am, but we did it! Dh arrived home to find only a few bolts needing to be tightened. Unfortunately he couldn’t find the ratchet either, so he didn’t get quite the break I’d hoped for, but my Step-dad lent me one, so Christmas morning worked out wonderfully.

Without further ado:
boys room 1 boys room 2 boys room 3 boys room 4 boys room 5 boys room 6

We put up a bunch of their posters, and some of their art projects inside white squares. The other two walls are empty for further art projects. The boys were super excited to see the room, but they were a bit scared of the top bunk at first…I swear mine are the only kids who argued over the bottom bunk, initially, lol. Fortunately they got over that within a half hour, or so. I think the Transformers & Spiderman sheets (I soooo wanted to get the nice striped sheets at Target, but I had a feeling that they would prefer these!). Oh, don’t mind the furniture…some day it will get the face lift it needs…the 2nd drawer of the “vintage” (read: garage sale find) desk is being glued as I type. At least I don’t have to worry when they put stickers all over everything!

Anywho, everyone is happy, my boys are sleeping in their own beds (they’re currently trading off the top & bottom bunks every night), and the baby is asleep peacefully, having gotten all the contraband dairy-laden chocolate out of his system last night (which means that theoretically he won’t wake up hourly like he did last night…).

Me? I’ve cast on for a scarf set for myself…no pressure, no deadlines. My work here is done. ๐Ÿ™‚


8 thoughts on “A Job Well Done

  1. Wow Carolynn, everything looks great!!! (That scarf is massive!!) I really like how the boys’ room turned out and I can’t wait to see it in person. You’ve definitely been busy! Maybe now you’ll get a chance to knit something for YOU!!!

    See you at our next playgroup!!

  2. you know. i had so much to say about this post. i minimized it…..a long time ago……….and then never got back to it!

    i am sure i was thinking something like this………
    IT ALL LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    happy new year!!

  3. You are so gifted & do such an amazing job. Haley looks so cute in her new sweater that matches mommy’s. Hopefully we can get pics of the 2 of them in their Starsky’s.

    The boys’ room looks great. How do they like the beds now? Bunks save so much space. It gave ours plenty of room to scatter the toys…lol.

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