I've been very busy getting everything ready for the last minute. Tonight I finished four Penguin Poppers for the final gifts for under the tree.
I just love this pattern. It's quick, easy and really adorable. I used Knit Picks Palette for the black, white and orange - and various leftover sock yarn for the hats (with Knit Picks for the solid parts of the hats). Each penguin's face has a different expression. I just melt when I see these little guys.
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have something special in your stocking, too.
Today some of the ladies of the Westport Young Woman's League met at Michele's Pies in town for our bi-weekly Craft Clutch. While there, I snapped this picture of their amazing gingerbread house - complete with lights.
To give you a sense of size, I would guess this is at least 2 feet tall - probably more. I think it's closer to 30 inches tall!
Isn't Santa with two reindeer on the side of the house just too cute?
This gingerbread house is on display at the Westport location. While you're there, pick up a frozen quiche for the holidays. I'm partial to the broccoli cheddar (because it's the only one I've tried before) but today I decided to venture out to something new and picked up the ham and brie quiche. Mmmm. Delicous and easy for Christmas morning brunch.
I knit some special Penguin Popper ornaments earlier this year as a souvenir from the big Jackson Family Reunion this summer. I shipped one off to Judy to thank her for making our tour of Central Park Zoo so special. We loved the penguins best of all so it seemed fitting that this be the memento of the trip.
If you're going to alter the pattern as I did to use this Cascade 128 yarn (see notes on my Ravelry project pages here and here) just know that there is hardly any ecru yarn leftover. I knit the cuff exactly 4.5 inches. I probably could have knit another half inch... but it's a little scary to end a project with so little yarn.
I have just shy of a half skein of the sapphire blue (which looks purply in this photo) but hardly any of the ecru. I enjoyed using the Cascade 128 bulky yarn - but think my preference is to stick with the original pattern and use the Cascade Lana Grande and the US Size 15 needles.
Good luck with your last minute Christmas knitting. You still have 11 days and could reasonably knit up one or two of these stockings (if you don't have any other holiday knitting to finish up before then). Give it a try. I think you'll be glad you did.
I went back to my LYS - Westport Yarns to pick up some more Cascade Yarns Lana Grande for a few more stockings (you know, just in case we have guests for Christmas). My friends there were surprised at how large these stockings really are. You can't tell in the other pictures.
Here's Beth from Westport Yarns posing with the jumbo stockings. They really are big!
If you have time, swing by Westport Yarns and purchase three skeins of the super bulky yarn: 2 of the MC and 1 of the CC. You'll need some US Size 15 needles. I prefer the magic loop method of knitting in the round, so if that's your preference, get a 40" long set of Turbo Addis US Size 15 while you're there. Tell Beth I sent you.
I bought some yarn to make a red and green stocking next.
It's December 8th - just over two weeks until Christmas and I'm here to tell you that you still have time to knit up a gift or two. Try one of my Jumbo Christmas Stockings in a Jiffy in either the striped or solid pattern.
In less than one week, I designed and knit all four of these jumbo stockings for our fireplace mantle. In fact, I also knit yesterday's two green and white test knits. So if I can knit six in one week, I know you can, too.
I finished the second Jumbo Christmas Stocking in a Jiffy for my living room.
I like the way the opposite colors look side by side.
See the miniature ornaments hanging beside them? Those were a gift from James and the inspiration for my jumbo sized stockings. Whether you want to make your stocking jumbo or miniature - both free patterns are fun. Click below for each free pattern.