Unfortunately, the chaos at the end of the year, coupled with my inability to get around well, I missed photo ops of several of the projects that I knit at the end of 2006.

But I did knit up 2 “Calorimetry”:http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTcalorimetry.html headbands – one for a Girl Scout Council Christmas party gift exchange and one for our Brownie leader. I did them both out of “Paton’s new SWS yarn.”:http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=sws They used up almost one entire skein. The colorways that I used were Natural Navy and Natural Denim. They were fun knits and knit up quick. I think they are very practical and want to make one for myself – someday.

I quickly whipped up a Hat for BooHopper to match her “D. Weasley sweater”:http://flickr.com/photos/starzabove/104987248/ but she’s already lost it. :( Hopefully it’ll turn up before winter is over. I made up the pattern, once again. I doubled the “WOTA”:http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420103/yarn_display leftover from her hat, and did a basic ribbed brim and stockinette top, with a little fair isle pattern, that I also came up with, across the middle section with the contrasting color. She loves it. Or loved it.

I also designed a hat for The Boy. We call it a cross between an Ushanka and Chullo. I did it in Pitch black and Slate grey “Knit Picks Andean Silk.”:http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarns/itemid_5420126/yarn_display

I made a couple of “mini-mitten ornaments”:http://web.archive.org/web/20060422222821/http://www.frugalhaus.com/scripts/mitornament.asp for my dear friend “Debbie”:http://sternski.com/debbie and my “KnittingParents”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/knittingparents/ Christmas exchange giftee “Michelle.”:http://madcatknits.blogspot.com/

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I managed to get one chemo cap made for “capsforacure”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/capsforacure/ last round. It was out of Lion Brand Homespun – a very basic rolled brim hat onto which I crocheted a trim.

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I was hired (ooh, ouch) to duplicate a stocking for a lady across the river. Her story is that she’s had this certain stocking pattern knit over the years, since 1964, by 3 different ladies, for each of her family members. Now she is in need of a few more additions to the family, but the last lady to make them for her is no longer able to do so or even share the pattern. So I attempted. It’s a fairly simple pattern, and she was happy with it. I don’t do so well with knitting-on-demand, I’ve come to find out. But I did enjoy helping her out with a family tradition. I truly believe we don’t have enough traditions left anymore. So, it looks like I may be doing a couple more for her this year. Hopefully way ahead of Christmas. We shall see.

Here are her stockings that I was trying to duplicate:

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And here is the one I came up with:

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For Christmas, my “mommy”:http://livinglakeside.com gifted me with the wonderful “KnitPicks Options Needle set.”:http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Needles_Options.aspx I love them!! She also spoiled me with the “Knitting-Pattern-A-Day 2007 calender,”:http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Pattern-Day-2007-Calendar/dp/1579392679 and a little cash to be spent on me and me alone – or else! Thanks Mom!

I received from my wonderful “Knitting Parents”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/knittingparents/ Christmas gift exchange secret pal, “Irish Clover,”:http://www.irishcloverknits.blogspot.com/ a gift certificate for my favorite LYS, “Four Ladies Needle Art.”:http://fourladiesneedleart.net I can’t wait to go shopping!

For myself, during a Christmas shopping trip with Mom, I picked up a couple of cute little pals, that I do share with everyone around me – meet Faith and Doyle:

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And last but not least, a photo sure to make you smile, I know it makes me smile, a photo of my dear, sweet Grampie at Christmas. The backstory on this one is that I have a cousin that has gifted Grammie and Grampie each year with a Christmas gift, for YEARS now, that moves and makes noise. They have a singing tree, a singing crocodile, a giggling Elmo – all sorts of fun stuff. This year it was a dancing, singing, Santa hat. Isn’t he sweet!

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