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I’ve been quite deliberately silent on the knitting front…no more!

I give you…

…the Thorpe Brigade!

I knitted these for my suitemates and two other close friends as holiday gifts. The funny thing was, I knitted them in front of all of them and each commented at least once on how cool they were or how they’d love to have a hat like that (they mostly thought I was doing them for charity or somesuch).

Specs:

Pattern: Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur (Through the Loops)

Yarn: Sundry, including Mmmmalabrigo worsted and some Mission Falls wool

Needles: US 9

(I made the snowman up at the top of this picture, too)

There’s some more frenzied gift knitting going on at the moment which I cannot show yet so I leave you with this picture:

(Yes, there are five hats and one is missing in this picture – it’s owner was excused because she was studying for the three exams she has today and tomorrow)

So last year at Chanukkah, one gift my mom gave to me and my siblings was that we could each commission one knitted item from her. When I was eight or so, she had knit me a pair of amazing mittens (intricate colorwork, huge flared cuffs, lined with angora) but I’ve outgrown them. So I asked for another similar pair since she enjoys that type of knitting a lot more than I do. And now, over a year later, I finally received:

Anemoi! The book, a fantastic one by Rosemary, is one I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for awhile but was not part of the gift from my mom. Just wanted to show off my latest B&N purchase.

But back to the mittens. The best part about them, which was difficult to get a picture of:

They are indeed lined with ohsosoft angora! Heavenly.

Secret Knitty Design is chugging along. I’m working on the first full-size prototype.

Senioritis, regrettably, is also chugging along. *sigh*

Guess what? I wrote my (hopefully) LAST college essays today! If I don’t get in early at Yale, I’ll have to do the safety ones, which won’t be fun. So I HOPEHOPEHOPE that those were the last ones. Now I just have to finish Alethia’s Dartmouth peer rec.

Anyway. On to fun, crafty things. Yesterday when we got home from school, my little sis and I decided to make ourselves duct tape dress forms. She wrapped mine a bit too tightly, so by the end I definitely would have passed out if I tried to panic or run anywhere. But they’re pretty nifty, nonetheless.

Here we are, goofing off for the camera while working on them.

(The shirt said ‘Bill Clinton for First Lady’ – I thought it was funny, even though I supported Obama all along…)

After the first part:

And guess what mine’s stuffed with…?

Big surprise, no?

And she’s finished! What should I name her? Suggestions in comments.

Also there’s been a holiday knitting frenzy! Check this out:

For more than just snippets, check out the Ravelry pages for these lovelies.

Keep on the lookout for elf costume photos. At school, the last day before break, all the seniors dress up as elves. I’m planning a fairly…nonstandard one, shall we say. ;)

So I dropped off Alethia’s gloves the other day, and she gave me malabrigo! It wasn’t a total surprise, since I had told her I wanted some, but it was certainly welcome.

*drools*

Our nanny, Renee (REE-nee (short for Lorene), not ri-NAY :P ), has worked for my parents since I was 6 months old, so at this point, she’s more of an adopted grandmother. Every year since I remember, we’ve slept over at her house sometime before Christmas and trimmed her tree. (Yes, even though we’re Jewish.) We went this past Sunday, and, Renee being Renee, she gave us gifts. I got to pick out a watch I wanted (mine’s falling apart), so this one’s on its way:

She also gave me some very cozy socks and a pair of pants.

Apologies for the horrible photo, my camera was dying.

Then, we went skiing on Christmas. Both my siblings forgot sweatshirts (how do you forget a sweatshirt when skiing?!), so we made a pitstop in the shop and my mom got them each one. While they were picking them out, I was trying on a very cozy one just for fun, but then she bought it for me! She said I shouldn’t be penalized for remembering my sweatshirt, but I think she just liked it and wants to steal it sometimes.

It’s very cozy. Quite.

On that same trip, I fell rather hard on my snowboard onto a locked wrist. OUCH. It still hurts today and my mom says I could’ve broken one of the teensy bones in my wrist, even though I can still move it and it only hurts a little when I’m not moving it, so I might get it X-rayed in a few days if it doesn’t stop hurting. At swim practice today, when I tried to explain to the assistant coach about it to imply that I might not be at 100% during practice, she was really obnoxious. She said, “I have no pity for you. You were doing another sport during swim season.” Come ON! If she thinks I’ll give up skiing/boarding for swimming, she’s got another think coming. And she and the head coach will probably both flip out, but if ski club conflicts with any swim meets, ski club comes first. I mean, a) skiing’s WAY more fun, and b) My parents already paid for it! Thanks to reason (b), my parents are on my side and will support me if coach gets really pissy. But gragh. I almost hope something is broken just so I can wave it in the assistant coach’s face!

And, after ripping out ears entirely too many times, the mutant 3-eared bunny hat is finally almost done! I’m definitely writing a pattern, but I’m pretty bad at explaining stuff, so I think I’ll include some videos of how the heck I’m doing it…

Ta ta for now!

Life goes fairly well. Our school gets 2+ weeks of holiday break, which means 4.5 more days! Half day this coming Friday, then FREEDOM! Boy, am I ready. Except there’ll still be 2.5 hours of swim practice almost every day through break. Except now there’s a purpose. Our past two meets, the girls team won 48-46, and BOY was it intense. They both came down to the last relay, in which I anchored the B-team. The first one, the whole meet came down to the B-team relay, which basically meant down to me. No stress, right? I was so scared of screwing it up for everyone, I beat my time trial time for 100yd freestyle by 10 seconds and nearly puked afterwards. Which was good, I guess. The time, not the puking.

Anyway, getting some sweet loot for Chanukkah, including:
-$25 iTunes card, with which I bought Flood by They Might be Giants, Surprise by Paul Simon, and a few other songs.
-A knit commission from my mom – I said I wanted a new pair of mittens from Anna Zilboorg’s Magnificent Mittens, with angora linings. She made me a pair of these several years ago, but I outgrew them.
-A Ripstik (above)- which is like a skateboard, but more dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’ve been ogling them for a few years now:
Nifty, no?
-An amazing bag that my mom and grandma collaborated on to make for me. My mom picked out the fabric and cut it, and my grandma did most of the sewing. It also included a new set of doodads (complete with Altoids tin to hold them) and some sock yarn! See more pictures below.

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