Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It's hot, humid and sticky . . .

and nothing says Christmas like "hot, humid and sticky". No?? You're right, Christmas would normally be the farthest thing from my mind right now. But luckily, I've been keeping up with my Holiday Headstart KAL knitting, and last month I finished two more gifts for December 25th. You can find an admittedly bad picture of the first one here, but that's all I'll say. I don't want the recipient to come over and see it before Santa has a chance to deliver it!

The second gift is for my cousin's daughter Alexis, and since there is no chance she would ever stumble across my blog, I can post about it right here.

Amanda's Squatty Sidekick
Cast On: 21 June 2007
Completed: 1 July 2007
Yarn: Lambs Pride Worsted in Lotus Pink
Needles: Knit Picks US 10.5 24" circs

After my first failed attempt, I was glad to find I could actually knit this! It was a quick knit (especially the second time around) and the felting was a lot of fun. Here is the obligatory pre- and post-felting comparison. The rubber ducky I've included for size is a gift from Alexis's grandfather, my uncle. He used to call me "Quack Quack" when I was little, complete with a little tickle on each "quack". He gave me the rubber ducky on Christmas Eve a few years ago, just so I wouldn't forget.


I would definitely knit this again. In fact, I have to, for the recipient's sister, Aleena. Alexis and Aleena are the same age, so I always give them similar gifts for Christmas. (I'll have to remember to include the Bride and Groom rubber duckies in that photo shooty. My uncle gave those to me and Pea at our wedding !)

I have to admit, it feels really good to have six hand-knit Christmas gifts already tucked away. I even have the seventh on the needles. Hurray for advanced planning - it's a whole new concept for me!

20 comments:

Jenn said...

I'm very jealous! I have good intentions - I've started a few, but none are finished.

Kris said...

Wow - I can't believe you have so much holiday knitting done already!

jessica said...

Wow what an idea... I've been reading your blog and seen the holiday headstart refrences, but never really thought about it... maybe I'll plan for next years headstart...

I'm impressed, 6 down and one more on the needles, Go Karen, U rock!

Jen said...

too cute! I never thought the squatty sidekick was all that much to look at, but yours is great. Nice job!

Wannabe said...

You are so good and disciplined. Much as I try every year I am always knitting like a crazy person last minute!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Alexis' bag is so cute!! Nice work as usual...


You asked about our bedroom remodeling--we just installed carpet over a crappy parquet floor, painted and bought all new furniture (that was the most strenuous part!). It's done now but made me realize how much I hate all the other rooms now!

Cathy said...

Oh Karen, the bag is absolutely adorable and I'm sure will be loved by the little recipient! What color will you make the next one?

Sonya said...

You're one of those people who plans ahead, aren't you? The little bag is so cute! I especially love the button.

Zonda said...

Very pretty purse! I can't wait to knit it!

Jennifer said...

I bow down to your organization and on-top-of-it-ness. :-)

Kathy said...

Oh I love the lotus pink purse.

You are so organized. WOW. 6 handknits already , there must be some kind of award for this!

Michele [iSmile ;D] said...

Great, now I have guilt. Holiday knitting already!? Good for you, bad for the rest of us... heheheh

Love your knitting, from one Graphic Designer to another.

Zarzuela said...

Very cute! And good for you for getting such a head start on the holidays. If only I were that smart. ;)

Jessica

Kelly said...

The bag came out great!

Ragan said...

Awww....what a super special cute cute cute bag. I am sure that Alexis will love it. Loved your little ducky story too.

Dipsy said...

When I read "Christmas", I was literally stunned - we're having 105 F outside and are basically roasting alive ;)
But what an awesome bag this is, so absolutely cute - Alexis is going to love it big time, that's for sure!

Olga said...

Heat or no heat, you are going to be the envy of blogland when December rolls around!

Katt said...

Bag looks fantastic! Man I have done nothing for my chrissie thing! its terrible. I have got to get my butt moving otherwise I am gonna be swamped at chrissie

Katt

Theresa said...

If only I'd been so good at keeping up . . . keep up the good work!

JessaLu said...

Nice! Congrats on being ahead of the Xmess knitting!

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