Wednesday, December 7, 2011

days #5, #6, and #7: 30 + 1 handknits...

the 30 + 1 handknits project is a week old today! happy birthday, little project, you! a week in, and i have only two sage pieces of wisdom:
  • i apparently have way too many articles of clothing in my closet as a whole. this isn't really a revelation, but it has certainly been underscored for me with this here project. i find myself pulling out handknitted items i haven't worn in over a year - and, presumably, handmade clothing should get the MOST play amidst all the random made-in-china pieces o' junk, right?
  • i started working from home a few months ago, and even though i had the best of intentions at first, i've begun defaulting to jeans and cozy slippers. all day, every day. and that's just sad. it's been kind of nice forcing myself to take an extra minute or two to think about something fun and creative and color-related each morning before the craziness of the day takes over. i also recognize it's a total luxury to even have the alone time and peacefulness to have those few minutes each morning. i forget that sometimes in the busy-ness of life and all the projects i have swirling in my head all the time.
anyway, enough with that. bring on the handknits!

day #5: Beatnik by Norah Gaughan, completed in december 2010. an old friend from high school found a ton of this lovely avocado yarn at a thrift store in chicago for, like, 50 cents a skein. he bought it and sent it (and a ton of other colors) on down to me. so sweet of him, so i had to make something fantastic. i can't praise this pattern enough - it just makes such a lovely little vintage-y sweater.
20111205. day #5: Beatnik by Norah Gaughan.

i also got my first christmas present of the year in the mail: BACKYARD POULTRY magazine! iknowright?!
20111205. day #5: Beatnik by Norah Gaughan.

day #6: Pegboard Lace Tunic by Caroline Bautista, completed april 2009. this is one of those things i never ever ever wear. why? no idea, because now that i've worn it again, i kind of love it.
20111206. day #6: Pegboard Lace Tunic by Caroline Bautista.

20111206. day #6: Pegboard Lace Tunic by Caroline Bautista.

day #7: Frond by Norah Gaughan, completed in march 2009. two norah gaughan designs in three days! gotta love it. 
20111207. day #7: Frond by Norah Gaughan.

20111207. day #7: Frond by Norah Gaughan.

for good measure, we've got a couple christmas projects complete. here's a cross-filled cross stitch room sign for my nephew...
20111207. ben crossy cross stitch sign.

and a pouf pillow for the nephew!

20111207. a comfy pouf chair/pillow for ben.

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