Knits at work

I love wearing my knitted things to work. I work with all guys and one other woman, so my hand knit items get rarely noticed. But, every year I make something for my coworkers for Christmas. We’re small enough of a company that this isn’t a huge task. Last year I knit everyone all their own MochiMochi Snowman. They were a big hit! Every one has a little snowman on their desk.

This year I got a little creative! I made everyone a mini sweater ornament. I based it off of this ravelry pattern Mini Sweater Ornaments. All the guys are sports fans here so I made mini sweaters according to their preferences (with a Chicago team of course).

IMG_3635 They turned out even better then I expected. I made a little hanger for each so they could hang them where ever they wanted. Most of them just hung them on their desks. My boss was particularly impressed. He made a point to tell me that the sweater was too small for him to wear and then he walked around to see what everyone else got while holding his and showing it off (He got a Blackhawks sweater).  As of right now they are hanging some where on their desks. But, one of my co workers decided to combine last years gift and this years for a very cute snowman in a Bears sweater.

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Now for my woman co-worker I decided to make something special for her. She’s not a huge sports fan so a sports sweater didn’t make sense. We share an “office” and she really keeps me sane when everyone else is being dumb so she deserves something special. She had mentioned that she saw these awesome fingerless mitts and asked if I knew how to make them. That same week she asked the Dream in Color Club came out with their November pattern for fingerless mitts and a hat. I thought this was no coincidence. When I got the yarn I got right to work on the mitts and once they were finished I wore them to work to test them out. Of course my co-worker noticed and took a liking to them and wanted to try them on. They fit her hands perfectly! I hung on to them and gave them to her for Christmas. She was very surprised and grateful!

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Everyone loved their gift and I love to share my passion of knitting with them!

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Christmas Knitting

Christmas creeps up on me every year even though it is my favorite time of the year. I love the snow, decorations, family get togethers, cookies…pretty much everything. I usually am still trying to catch up on my years worth of knitting projects that I don’t get to spend that much time actually knitting Christmasy things.

A couple months ago one of our friends from church approached me because she knew I knitted. She had these hand knit stockings that were made by a family member that had passed away. Her son just got married and she wanted her new daughter in-law to have a matching stocking.

She gave me the stocking she wanted recreated and some of the other family stockings to reference. I figured I could probably find the pattern online. Boy was I wrong! I found a similar pattern but nothing that had the color work chart. Most of them had Santa’s on them but the one I had to make had Penguins. I used one of the Santa stocking patterns and created my own color chart.

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I used a different yarn because I was having a lot of difficulty matching the green. I got all the colors approved before knitting and the “client” loved them. This was a very interesting project and I think I was pretty successful in taking an already knitting item and recreating it with no pattern. I think it looks great with it’s family of stockings!

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Now my mother-in-law is also friends with this women from church and she found out that I made this and now I’m making all the family members that were married in to the family stockings, so at least 3 stockings and probably more. These stockings have a Santa on them and if any of you know where I could find this pattern please let me know!

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Knitted Finger Puppets

Most people that know me know that I knit. My one and only instagram account is fully dedicated to my knitting projects and I wear my handknit projects all through-out fall/winter. One of my friends, Lauren, told her mom, Carol, that I knit.  She is also a crafter and can knit but is focuses more on sewing. Carol bought a book and tried to knit these little finger puppets. According to Lauren she tried to make some but we very unsuccessful and gave up and she wanted me to have it.

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I have made knitted toys before from Mochimochi Land and I am familiar with making small knitted things. I was very excited to receive this book so I immediately group texted my family to so them what I got. One of my sisters, Jamie, worked with special ed and deaf students and she said she could use some of these finger puppets with her students. I saw this as a great opportunity! I told her to pick out three puppets and I got to work.

Lion

Lion

I started with the lion because he seemed to be the easiest. In the book it says to use a worsted weight yarn but I had a lot of left over sock weight yarn from make tiny mochimochi toys. I adjusted the needle size and he turned out perfect. I didn’t like some of the techniques in the book and reverted to some other techniques.

Tiger

Tiger

The tiger was a little more difficult then the lion because of the stripes. It’s hard to tell but the black yarn is a little heavier weight then the orange yarn and dominates a little. But he’s still cute!

Monkey

Monkey

I saved the most difficult for last. I also had to make a trip to Jo Ann’s to get some felt to finish him. He has a lot of pieces to him and I improvised in some parts like the arms. I’m not much of a sewer and when it came to the felt parts I struggled. I could not envision what it was going to look like and what I was doing was actually going to turn out okay. But he turned out great! My sister has already used them in the classroom and they are a big hit! The kids love them and they are just adorable how could you not love them!