Friends, the holidays were madness this year. I wanted to make the majority of the gifts (and I was successful), but unfortunately, most of these were delivered to the correct recipients after the holidays had ended. Oops!
I really wanted to challenge myself this year in creating more complex gifts, which definitely added to the time needed for each gift, but I'm very pleased with how all of these turned out!
My nieces, A & S, both got Bespeckled Hats. A got hers in shades of pink, S had hers made in red and white for her favorite sports team.
These ended up being quite large with the various wool/acrylic blends I used, but still cozy and comfortable. (I tried one on and decided I need one for myself at some point. I will need an extra large pom pom on mine as well)
Of course, what kind of aunt would I be if I didn't include something sweet to go with these??
Dad got one of the most complex gifts: a Negroni custom made for him. Considering that I was going off of a button down shirt I had stolen from his closet, I was SUPER EXCITED when this fit him!
The sleeves ended up much longer than I would have liked, but as he has a habit of tearing sleeves and wearing out shoulders, Dad asked me to leave the extra length in.
I really liked the fabric I chose - black and white plaid with red lines - and I added red buttons for some flair. Yes, Papa Grand needs flair.
Being the fashionista he is, Papa Grand added a red undershirt to the ensemble. I was glad to finally add something wearable to his closet!
I finished my sister's boyfriend's gift before everyone else's - probably because this is my 4th or 5th time rocking the Regular Guy Beanie pattern. I made it in the colors of his favorite Australian football team, which paired with his t-shirt perfectly. We totally planned that.
Kitty Grand got a market bag! This pattern was crazy easy, and will be perfect for stash busting some random yarns I'm trying to eliminate from my yarn dresser.
Best Friend Stephy got these awesome Fightin' Words mitts. I thought these were crazy approproate since she loves comic books so much. I was suprised by how quickly they went together, considering the amount of colorwork, and I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone looking to make a geeky gift.
Stephy's husband, J, also got a very geeky gift: a Cthulu hat.
I noticed several months ago that he didn't have any proper head gear for the Chicago winters, so I decided to fix that in the geekiest way possible. I think he likes it very much now :)
Friends, I definitely got my share of colorwork practice in this Christmas season! I practiecd reading charts, stranding, and working with non-worsted weight yarns (I tend to fall back on worsted a lot). Next year, I'll definitely give myself more time to complete projects, but I'm interested to see how I can challenge myself further :)