Mele Kalikimaka and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!)
This is my very first post on KP so what a great way to end 2010! As I can't yet post these Xmas gifts on my personal blog, I thought I'd post them here since my recipients are not knitters so I don't think they'll find these photos to spoil the fun :)
Starting on Christmas Eve evening, my hubby and I are traveling for the holidays, so I'll be 'offline' until the new year. Our Godson is getting baptized on an evening service at his mother's family church on January 1, 2011 and we decided to make a whole week's holiday between Christmas and New Years. I knitted up some small items for our Godson's family and had a great time making them. I love them all so much that I want a set of everything just for me! I tried my hand at hats, fingerless gloves, neckwarmer as well as my normal socks, so I'm excited to give them away as gifts.
'Maya's Swiss Socks' features the Swiss flag along with Maya's initials. Maya and her husband Andy have been great friends of ours for nearly a decade and their son, Kai, is our soon-to-be-baptized Godson. Maya was born in Japan but was raised in Switzerland and I thought she'd enjoy a pair of socks with her native Swiss flag. These socks were knitted with KP's Essential yarn in Bare and Stroll Tonal in Gypsy.
For Maya's dad, Walti, I made a pair of mens socks in KP's Stroll (Essential). The color is either Timber or Oak but was discontinued. Walti never bought store-made wool socks because his mother knitted them for him, but when she passed he had to buy them from the store. When I heard that, I just had to make him a pair :)
For Maya's step-mom, Beata, I spun some Superwash BFL into a sportweight 2-ply and made her a cabled neckwarmer. There is a center cable running down the middle though it's hard to see in the photo. I think I might have to make one of these for me too!
For Maya's mom, Yuki, I made a pair of fingerless gloves knitted with Susan Booth's hand-dyed laceweight yarn. I held 2 strands together for the pattern which called for fingering weight yarn. The pattern is on KP called: White Caps Fingerless Gloves. Susan's etsy store is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/coolyarnz and her yarn is just lovely. I might have to make a pair for me as well. . .
Maya's sister, Aiko, gets a pair of fingerless gloves as well. I held 2 strands of KP's Stroll yarn in Black to get worsted weight yarn (I only had fingering in my stash). Thanks to Nutty and Cowgirl for giving me the inspiration and courage to knit a pair of mitts! I actually knitted this pair first then moved onto the ones above.
Maya's 4-year old daughter, Lani, gets a cabled hat made with KP's Cotlin yarn (DK) weight. Though Lani's favorite color is blue, I hope she doesn't mind a pink hat :)
And lastly, our godson, Kai, gets a custom made hat for his 2-year old head. These were knitted with Lion Brand Wool-ease yarn in black, gray and green. My hubby says it's a 'boy' hat with those colors and hopefully his name can be seen in the stitching.
Christmas came early for me this year since we are traveling, and my hubby and family pitched in to buy me a spinning wheel! Please meet Leialoha (lay-aloha, means 'beloved child' in Hawaiian) a double treadle Ashford Joy spinning wheel. She's absolutely amazing and I'm having a great time learning. So far I've spun up KP's Peruvian wool, Superwash BFL, Merino/Bamboo blend and just spun up a long Corriedale single and completed my very first chain ply! It was a bit strange getting started, but once I get the rhythm going it wasn't too difficult. I've got some dark colored Corriedale, Churro, Churro/Alpaca and Cashmere/Silk fiber coming as well and can't wait to spin those up. Wheeeeeee!!!
Since it's Christmas, I have a couple things to suggest as Christmas gifts (or after-Christmas gifts) that are kinda special.
First, this year Walti (who is getting the brown socks above), published a book entitled,B Useless ;-), which chronicles his comical professional career that spans decades as well as continents. The tagline on the cover of the book reads "STRIVING TO BE ALWAYS USEFUL TO THE WORLD MIGHT BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH". (Reminds me of the H-word we were blogging about this past summer: hwrk). I've been reading this book every night before I go to bed and find myself laughing hysterically at Walti's antics, his professional experiences as well as his insight as to why somethings are completely useless and others that seem useless do have a purpose. Having met Walti numerous times, this book completely embodies his optimistic-carefree-spirited personality and is a joy to read. On the cover are Walti and Lani (the one who is getting a pink hat for Xmas). B Useless ;-) is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
The second gift idea is a bit more personal to me. Having worked in Production Management for Feature Animated films for over a decade, my last project opened this year in theaters. DESPICABLE ME opened in the US this summer and around the world during the summer/fall months. It did very well in the box office - over half a million - which is almost unheard of for a film coming from a newbie studio like Universal (these numbers are more expected from the veteran studios like DreamWorks or Pixar). 'DM' is a fun and endearing movie about 3 orphan girls who 'steal' the heart of a lovable villain and was released on DVD/Blu-Ray in the US on December 14th. As a rule, I don't usually like to watch the movies I've worked on for at least a few years, but I think I'll break my rule on this one. If you have young ones - or are young at heart - check out this movie. I am listed in the end credits as one of 3 Production Managers. My name is the one in the middle :)
I'll be back online in January :)
My very best,
christina | AlohaBlu