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Christmas Presents Revealed: French Press Cozy

And last but not least, a PT branded French Press Cozy!

Your Coffee is Nice and Warm!

Your Coffee is Nice and Warm!

Just a Couple Buttons in the Back!

Just a Couple Buttons in the Back!

PT!

PT!

The pattern is ‘CAFE’ French Press Cozy from the book Knitted Letters. This pattern isn’t up on ravelry, but here is a pic from the book.

PT > CAFE

PT > CAFE

So instead of “CAFE” (lame) I traded them for PT’s name – PT! I stash dove and used Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Lhasa Wilderness in Grey and Bumblebirch Wellspring in Glacier for the letters. I got a report from PT that his coffee is both stylish and warm, so I consider that a win!

Pattern: “CAFE” French Press Cozy from Knitted Letters by Erssie Major and Catherine Hirst

Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Lhasa Wilderness in Grey, Bumblebirch Wellspring in Glacier

Needles: Size 2

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Christmas Presents Revealed: Feed the Animals

Still working through featuring the handmade Christmas gifts I made over here! Today I’m sharing with you the most challenging and out of the box project I made this season – 4 coin purses from Straight Stitch Society!

Straight Stitch Society: Feed the Animals Pattern

Straight Stitch Society: Feed the Animals Pattern

Straight Stitch Society has a lot of really fun sewing patterns, an as I’m always looking to get better at sewing I decided to try my hand at actual instruction! And I wasn’t disappointed. Feed the Animals, a pattern for little adorable coin purses shaped like a cat, dog, and monkey, was super clear, really easy to follow, and the results were pretty awesome!

Open mouth little monkey!

Open mouth little monkey!

Monkey!

Monkey!

A made the monkey for my friend Lily.

Open Mouth Dog

Open Mouth Dog

Dog! ... kinda

Dog! … kinda

I made the dog (that kinda ended up looking like an alien?) for my knit night group’s secret santa exchange. I put some stitch markers inside! It’d be a cute knitting notions little bag too, right?

Two Kitties with Open Mouths!

Two Kitties with Open Mouths!

Two Kitties!

Two Kitties!

And I made a cat for my grandma and a cat for my baby niece Ryenn.

I loved making these! I did them assembly line style and knocked them all out in about a day in a half. I’m super excited to try more Straight Stitch Society patterns! They come highly recommended by me.

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Christmas Presents Revealed: 2 Sets of 3 Rings

There are approximately 198541587615951815789 baby knitting patterns out there, and I keep going back to the same one.

Stash Busted!

Stash Busted!

Fun to knit and super quick!

Fun to knit and super quick!

This is the base of Anna Hrachovec’s Uh Ohs pattern, which I’ve knit up before for a newborn pattern. But, you know, since it’s for a newborn I figured it wouldn’t really matter if they had eyes and years and legs and hands and all that. So I dug in my stash for some pretty bright baby friendly colors and got started!

Since I used worsted weight yarn scraps I went with a 16″ size 5 circular, which was perfect!

This red, orange, and green set was for my new baby nephew Wyatt, who LOVED it! He grabbed it up right away and slobbered the crap out of it. That is the sign of a great toy!

3 Rings - 2 half yellow, 2 half green, 2 half orange

3 Rings – 2 half yellow, 2 half green, 2 half orange

Gender neutral colors to the max

Gender neutral colors to the max

Totally changes the look of the toys!

Totally changes the look of the toys!

My knit night group does a secret santa exchange, and I was paired up with my friend Paula, who is expecting her second baby in a few months. So I pulled out my needles and dug through my stash and made more of these fun toys! I love them.

Pattern: Uh-Ohs by Anna Hrachovec

Yarn: Assorted stash busted worsted weight yarn

Needles: Size 5 16″ circulars

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Christmas Presents Revealed: Circular Knitting Needle Holders

Back in September I made myself a circular knitting needle holder based on a pic I saw on Etsy. And it’s awesome! So I knew they would make really great Christmas present for two of my favorite knitters – my mom and sister in law Emily!

Perfect 1" spaces for your needles!

Perfect 1″ spaces for your needles!

Matchy Matchy

Matchy Matchy

Two pieces of kinda matching fabric, 2 needle holders!

Two pieces of kinda matching fabric, 2 needle holders!

I really tried to make these perfect! I pinned and measured and everything. But as you can see they didn’t turn out exactly perfect. But they were both very well received, so maybe they didn’t notice the imperfections! I swear, one of these days I’m going to take a sewing class and actually learn what I’m doing!

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Christmas Presents Revealed: Crocheted Beanie

I’m still working through showing off all my handmade Christmas presents!

"Striped" Beanie

“Striped” Beanie

Fun Textured Stitches!

Fun Textured Stitches!

My youngest brother wanted a new stocking cap for Christmas, so I dug down in the archives and found a crocheted hat pattern I designed for Lion Brand a couple years ago. He’s not into stripes or color or anything, so I just pulled out some Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Black and was finished in just a few hours.

And while I gave it a good link rolling before I wrapped it up, I clearly didn’t before I took these pictures! Oy.

Pattern: Striped Beanie or Stocking Cap by Allyson Dykhuizen

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Hook: J (6mm)

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