Basil, The Monster

I have so much to share!!  I have been a really way-ward blogger in 2009 – so maybe my 2010 resolution should be to not neglect my blog so much! 😉  I will try and do better about staying up to date b/c I have been doing a lot of knitting and crocheting!  Of course I have several projects to share that were secret for Christmas, but before I get to those I am going to share the ‘special’ project that I made for Jason’s student worker,Jennifer’s, graduation gift!

I used the pattern, Penelope the Empathetic Monster and I definitely recommend it!! In fact, I liked the finished product so well, I am going to have to make one for myself!  Even Lamby was impressed! 🙂

Since I have become such an incredibly LOOSE knitter in the recent past, I used size 4 needles in order to get a dense fabric with the Vanna’s Choice yarn (stash yarn).  Colors used are Dusty Blue and Dusty Green – a combo I thought looked pretty good!!

Jennifer named her monster, Basil, and you can read about Basil’s adventures here!  I was so excited to see that Jennifer loved Basil so much that she created a blog!  This is definitely one pattern/Finished object that was a PERFECT FIT for the recipient!!

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Happy December!!

I can’t believe that it is already December – but I have been doing my best, along with the help of “The General“, to be prepared with all of my Christmas knitting this year.  Fortunately, I have been able to significantly shorten the recipient list due to lack of ideas – I have already made most everybody in my family all of the gifts that I can think to make for them!  Therefore, only a very few are getting that last “I want to make this for you and here it is” gift.  Takes a LOT of the pressure off of me!!  I say it every year and this year I really mean it, next year the only people getting knitted gifts will be my husband and my mother!! 🙂

I did manage to squeeze in a little Thanksgiving project while working on my other commitments, the Tiny November knit-a-long at the Spud & Chloe blog.  I love everything by Susan B. Anderson, so this was a fun project even tho I didn’t actually get to knit along with her – I was a few days behind getting started and then a LOT of days behind getting finished.  Nevertheless, Franklin is completed:

I used Lily Sugar n Cream in Warm Brown, Wine, Yellow, Jute, and Sage Green.  All from my stash – so this was a really fun way to use some stash yarns.

I have recently discovered how loose of a knitter I am, so I had to use size 3 needles in order for my fabric to be tight and my stuffing not show thru.  That can be a little rough on my hands and that is why I had to go a little slower on knitting this.  But I had him finished for Thanksgiving and took him to show off at my grandmother’s.  He was very well received and now sits by the TV waiting for next year!!