Sunday 3 January 2016

2015 Round Up and the First Finish of 2016

The final tally for 2015 stands at 46 books read, 57 finishes and 9 pairs of shoes bought. A bit down on previous years but the books included quite a few mammoth 1000 page plus ones so I don't feel too bad at falling below one a week.
The nearest guess was Kerry with a total of 146, so if you send me your address Kerry, I'll pop some sort of small prize in the post. I've reset the counter so you are welcome to make a guess on this year's totals by commenting on this post.
I can show some of the things I'd made for Christmas gifts now. The big tada moment is for the vintage vertical stripe CAL blanket I made for Naomi.

This took ages! Come to think of it, it's probably why the finish count was down too. Eagle eyed readers will spot a colour shift at one side. I ran out of the original wools before it was wide enough, so I went back to the on-line shop I'd bought them from and just repeated the same shopping cart from my history. Now I know that different dye lots can have an effect, but to go from the hot pink on one side of the blanket to the magenta on the other seems excessive. Good job I was going for a loud multi coloured effect.
For my December Gifted Gorgeousness post I shamelessly posted a picture of a ball of wool, and said it was going to be a Christmas gift. Well, it made it. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture (well I was a bit short of time to get it wrapped up and delivered), but I did actually make three of them in the end the brown one from the wool I showed and a duck egg blue one as gifts for friends, and this one for myself.

The pattern is by Kalurah Hudson and you can find it on Ravelry here
Also on Ravelry was this pattern which I used to make these cunning hairclips for the girls

Girl walks down the road in that hairclip, people know she's not afraid of anything

And Ravelry again (anyone detecting a theme here?) for the pattern for this knitted choker.

And finally the first finish of 2016. Possibly the weirdest thing I've ever knitted.

Eloise asked me to knit her a beard as a birthday gift for a friend. (Don't ask, I didn't). The pattern for this came from Mollie Makes, and the inset picture shows Eloise modelling it because the picture of it just lying there is more roadkill than facial hair


Cindy's Stitching said...

you are talented. love the rainbow blanket. the choker is so different. you read a lot. happy new year.

Unknown said...

Happy New Year to you - what a very productive 2015 you had. I hope 2016 is just as good for you - those gifts are gorgeous.

cucki said...

You so talented my dear...I love your work always.
Happy new year xx

Kerryp77 said...

Happy New Year Christine and yay go me! I was quite far out though! The blanket is fabulous. I wouldn't have expected such a difference in dye lots either. I love the cowl too, gorgeous pattern.
Guesses for this year:
Books - 53
finishes - 64
shoes - 11

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Love the beard:)
What a great variety of crafting,your blanket is lovely and I do like the hair clips

Julie said...

Love the scarf, the blanket is wonderful too.
Well done the reading and crafting tally.

stitchersanon said...

Beautiful finishes. The blanket is gorgeous and love the beard. Might have to have one of comes to us all rofl

Mylene said...

Happy New Year!

Love the scarf! and all your crafting looks great!
All the best for 2016!!

Preeti said...

Wow!! You have done so much in 2015 !! Beautiful blanket and scarf:)
That many books ? I set myself a target of 24 books in a year and I could read only 13 with mostly under 300 pages. I thought of reducing the count this year but still thought of trying for 24. I hope I can read this year.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

LOL!! I had a lot of wonderful things to say and then I started laughing at the beard and they all went out my head! :)

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Alot of variety as always, Christine. Glad I got to see the knitted beard.

Angela said...

Happy New Year :) Lovely knitting!

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Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I'm going for 56 books, 56 finishes and 12 pair of shoes. Plus at least two more sets of facial hair. And nothing from the "gentleman" who left the comment before mine!

Love the beard, have you googled the pictures of women who plait their hair so it looks like a beard? Or a female dwarf.

The blanket is wonderful too and is really doesn't matter that the colours change, it's looks deliberate.

Lillian said...

Hi just a random blogger who Stumbled upon your blog! it is very nice! O my gosh! the amount of books you have read is a dream! Very impressive as well as that blanket!!Have a happy new year!

Bea said...

You have some great finishes, though I do have some doubts about the facial hair! Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

Clare-Aimetu said...

Lovely finishes Christine, I like the scarf, very chic