The postman was on our doorstep every day last week bringing all sorts of goodies from far and wide. Along with a few Christmas gifts I received, I want to share them with you!
Above: My favorite Christmas card this year from our kal'ers Jeff & Will...a hand knit mitten...perfect!, a wonderful card from Kelli (thanks Kel, your words meant alot), and one of my favorite Christmas gifts (also from Kelli) ~ a handmade maple scissor keeper made by the crafty husband of a gal in our knitting circle. The felted acorn was a gift a few years ago from friend and fellow blogger, Karen at 'Pumpkin Sunrise' (thanks again, Karen!).
Off to the left, Meet Miss Christabel, my newest little friend from Melodie Stacey's etsy shop Maidolls . I thought it was time Miss Emma had a friend.
And speaking of friends, the yarn Christabel is perched upon was a gift from fellow kal'er Annie, who sent me this gorgeous Malabrigo and a pattern to knit our new goddaughter Neoma Jane a sweater with. Thanks sooo much Annie ~ the skein of gray Isager off to the right is on it's way to you tomorrow in return so you can knit yourself a Churchmouse scarf! The other skein to the right was the rest of my order from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, that will also be used to make the free scarf that's in their current newsletter (it's downloadable on their website).
Lastly, I'll show you what I have been knitting, even though it's not our knitalong ~
This is what Annie's gift became (above) ~ the pattern is 'in threes: a baby cardigan' by Kelly Herdrich, the yarn is Malabrigo Rios in 'Lotus' and my project notes can be found here . Thanks again, Annie ~ this sweater will be perfect with Neoma Jane's baby blue eyes! You're the best!
And hands down, this sweater (above) is my favorite, best-fitting sweater to date! I'm really thrilled with how this turned out...the dozens of work-in-progress trying ons were worth it! The pattern is free (another generous designer!) ~ it's 'Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck' by Heidi Kirrmaier, the yarn is Rowan Lima in 'Ecuador' (Jeff ~ I so wanted to put a 'Q' in there just to spite you but I couldn't bring myself to do it!), and my project notes can be found here . I did modify it but only to fit my body shape and size ~ the pattern is perfectly written the way it is but perfectly adaptable to anyone's idea of the perfect sweater. This one is now mine!
I'm really enjoying this larger knitalong group and all the camaraderie ~ it's been a joyful knit so far and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the newest cast on pieces as well as updates from the rest of you! Happy knitting and have a great week, all ~ Melissa