Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas 2010: Present 1

Hello, hello, how are we all? I hope the new year is off to a good start for everyone!

I'm kicking off the year with my Christmas present posts. Given all the crazy stuff that is happening in my life, none of my handmade presents were finished on time this year. ^_^;; In fact, some are still not finished, but that's okay, since those are the ones for my friends from school, and we aren't even doing the present exchange until we all get back. Here's to hoping that I finish before then!

Moving on: Handmade present number 1 of Christmas 2010 is.....

Ta-dah! My very first shawl! I decided to make this for my mom because the one she used before had a fringe on it, and the dryer...sort of ate it. Plus, it's black with very colorful designs on it, and while that's nice, it doesn't match her decor at all. Her room is very, very white. So I decided to add a little color to that theme and went with a nice baby blue.

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Edit: And click here to see the stitch pattern!

The sad part is, I started out with some old yarn which I must have bought over a year ago. It ran out before I got halfway through! So I went to Walmart and bought some Bernat baby yarn (one of those really huge skeins). When I came back, lo and behold, the color matched, but the new yarn didn't even come close to the old yarn's luster. So what did I do?

OMG it's so huge! >.< Put by the door for size reference.

Yeah, I began again. But it was so worth it, because it's gorgeous! I chose a stitch pattern that would still provide some warmth while maintaining the lacy-ness and drape. Please comment or email me if you'd like me to post the stitch pattern. Edit: Once again, the stitch pattern can now be found here!

So there we have it! My mom really liked it and started using it the day I gave it to her. I haven't frogged the first attempt yet...that will probably end up becoming a present for my boyfriend's mom.

I'll see you next time!


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