twinklebaum.

Made this Twinklebaum hat for my mum for xmas; subsequently made one, in various colors, for every member of my family and a baby version for my nephew. These hats are easy, fun, and bring stocking cap to a whole new level—stands straight on end by itself, or flips over. Gorgeous, indeed.

Knit up using 1 skein of Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in stratus and Malabrigo Merino Worsted in ravelry red. Only modification was not making fold over brim.

xmas gifted, #2.

One of my closest friend’s, Mack, is downright one of the most fun people to knit for because she looks amazing in just about anything you give her (like here). What’s more, whimsy fits her well, so it felt very natural that I would whip up a pair of Through the Loops’ Reykjavik mittens as part of her Christmas gift.

The little houses really sealed the deal, for me, and about the hardest thing about this project was selecting the color combination. I went with pretty much the same featured in one of the pattern pairs but I chose a slightly brighter red, Knit Picks Telemark in Poppy, for the accent color.

As always, more snaps of the mittens at the Isles of Mittens Flickr set.

What do you think? I really want to make the matching hat for myself. Yes, no?

crunch time, 12.12

It’s that time of year again; that time when I’m up to all hours of the night, feverishly finishing gifts for the holidays.

Knitting like crazy.

And every year, I say I’m going to get started early; finish things in summer and fall when I have time. And every year, I do, basically, none of that.