Secret Santa Success

I almost forgot to post about this!

My friend Krista (I made this hat for her, remember?) has an annual Christmas Soiree.  The past few years, we added a Secret Santa gift exchange to the party.  One of the party-goers sets up the exchange through a site called Elfster.  It randomly generates the picks so that it can be a complete secret.  You can also post links to your favorite items, create a wish list, and ask your pick anonymous questions.

So the person who picked me knows I like to knit so she got me  a great pattern book and a few balls of yarn.  Yay, more for my collection!  I can’t wait to start some of the projects in the book! 🙂

head to toe knits by Bronwyn Lowenthal

"hot purple" Lily's Sugar'n Cream yarn

"rose twists" Lily's Sugar'n Cream Yarn Twists

 

Also, I finally gave Krista her hat. Her party was the first time I had seen her since I finished it.  I wrapped it as a gift so she wouldn’t know right away what it was.  She was so excited when she saw it! It fit her well and it looked fantastic on her!  She wore it for the rest of the night (except for when her boyfriend was trying to steal it from her).  I’m so happy that she loves it!

 

Side note: the person I picked for Secret Santa loves to bake, so I got a bunch of baking related things: holiday baking cookbook, a gingerbread man spatula, red velvet cupcake mix, holiday cupcake wrappers, brownie mix that came in a penguin oven mitt (it also had a mini whisk attached), and PAM for baking. 🙂 She liked her gift too!

Long Awaited

I’ve finally started and finished a hat for Justin, Mark’s brother.  When I finished the hat for Mark back in April, Justin said he wanted one too.  So I had him pick out the yarn he wanted….and then didn’t actually start the hat until the beginning of this month… whoops.

I used the same pattern from Ravelry that was used to make Mark’s hat, including my own modifications (length, etc).  It is slightly longer than what the pattern calls for (maybe about a half inch longer).  Nothing major.

I used a different kind of yarn than what was used for Mark’s hat and I’m not sure which I like better.  I think Mark’s feels more cushion-y, but Justin’s knit up nicely, too… and the decreasing to make the top of the hat looks cleaner on Mark’s.  Oh well.  Mark’s is 100% acrylic and Justin’s is 100% cotton so they feel somewhat different.

Oh and Mark wore his hat today 🙂