Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Lilia's Christmas knits

Lilia's Christmas knits

I have a reputation for giving my poor little sister Lilia terrible Christmas gifts. I always mean well, but somehow I've managed to give her a weird IOU gift on more than one occasion. I think that the worst offense was the year that I wrapped up a pair of my mom's old jeans and gave them to her along with an IOU to turn the jeans into a purse. The worst part is that I never did end up making her that purse, so mom jeans were all that 13 year old Lilia got from me that year. We laugh about it a lot now, but she certainly didn't think that it was funny at the time. 

As I was wrapping up her gift this year (well, last year I guess, Christmas 2011) I worried that I had fallen into the same old trap. I gave her a Windward Slouch (which I new she would like) a pair of Grammy's mitts that coordinated with the hat (which I also knew she would like) and this is the part that could have gotten me in hot water... I gave her a custom Dipped Infinity Scarf kit that worked with both the hat and the mitts. I know, you're all thinking I'm crazy because a scarf kit is an awesome gift, but considering our history and how badly received gifts that require assembly usually are, I had reason to doubt it. I knew that she would like the colours and the scarf, but worried that maybe she would have preferred to receive a finished scarf rather than just the supplies to make one herself.  Luckily for us all, she loved it. She's a very good knitter, but doesn't have as much free knitting time as I do (she's in med school, she's a very busy girl). She cast on for the scarf on Christmas and was finished before the end of the holidays. Phew! She's been wearing her full set of winter accessories ever since and looks fantastic!

Lilia's Christmas knits

Colours (view them all here)
Hat: teal.
Mitts: teal, seabreeze, lemongrass.
Scarf: teal, midnight, deep sea, peacock, seabreeze, spearmint, lemongrass, buttercup.

So, I know what you're all thinking: "It's Tuesday! Where's TFA Tuesday?" well, I'm giving it a break for a while (again!). There are certainly no shortage of awesome knits in TFA yarns, and you can peruse to your heart's content over on Ravelry. But I need to reclaim my Tuesdays. I know it seems selfish, but sometimes I have other things that I want to blog about, but I can't because I have to stick to the "schedule", which is silly. I love blogging, and when I started, it wasn't exclusively for TFA, it was just my little space where I shared the fun, crafty, colourful things that I felt like sharing. I don't like feeling like I have to blog certain things on certain days, I like freedom.

Having said that, is there anything that you guys would love to see on my blog that I'm not sharing? More posts, less posts, more WIP's, more behind the scenes, more colours, less knitting/more life... I'd love to know what you think.

ps: Happy Valentine's day!

24 comments:

  1. I love your blog. Don't change anything about it. It is very inspiring to me and reading it is one of the highlites of my week.
    Thank you for sharing yourself with us.
    Renee

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  2. I love your blog and love the quirky little posts that you do occassionally. Like when you got your new yellow shoes.

    Although what is the point of having a blog if you can't blog on whatever you want.

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  3. what an awesome set!! All the pieces look great together, without being too matchy-matchy. It's perfect.

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  4. gorgeous! Love the colors you used!

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  5. I love the colors! Beautiful :)

    Definitely blog about whatever you feel like blogging, I think that makes it more interesting to read as well as write! But personally I love posts about WiPs, I love seeing what other people are knitting and what needles and stitch markers and techniques they use, and when they have to rip and when a project zooms along for them. I don't know any other knitters in real life, so I love hearing about how other people knit!

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  6. What a fabulous set!! I'm always stunned by the beauty Dipped Infinity Scarves, no matter how many times I see them. Your sister is so lucky!

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  7. Of course my first thought was: I'd LOVE to get a kit as a present! Glad to hear that your little sis received your gift as it was intended ... with love and for the joy of knitting. I hear you about blogging. It's much more fun when you can blog as the spirit moves you. Might we see/read an update about your new studio soon? I'd love a virtual tour as I really like seeing people's creative work spaces.

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  8. You have such talent and good taste - I'd love to see more of your other crafting and home projects. :)

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  9. Gorgeous presents! I love all of your posts, but it would be amazing if you posted about more WIPs- I love basically any content you post, so more of it would be fantastic. :)

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  10. Those knits work so well together and Lilia looks so happy in them!

    I love anything you post and your bubbly personality definitely shines through:):) Keep doing what you do!!

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  11. You have one of the best knitting blogs on the web. I find other sites are too focused on selling their products/yarns or patterns. You definitely have a good variety of topics and your photographs are always welcome. I do love the highlights about projects knit in your yarns. Keep up the good work.

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  12. Your sister's knits are so pretty, I love the infinity scarf and the colors in it. I love your blog and so enjoy your posts, on all of that fun stuff: wip's, behind the scenes, life, and all the fun knits, yarns, and designs you're working on. I enjoy it all. Most importantly, blog about whatever you want, when you want, so that it's always fun and doesn't feel like work. :)

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  13. I love your blog & pictures!!
    I would be interested in a blog about swatching with colours, how to do a proper gauge (blocked or not?), and also knowing about any interesting knitting books/mags you have come across.
    Thanks for asking! :D

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  14. More of everything! Loving reading anything you share with us on the blog.

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  15. Wow, I really need to buy one of the dipped infinity kits soon!

    As for your request for feedback....I love your blog and everything that you do. But it would be awesome to see more WIPs. My knitting feeds on inspiration! But really...blog about whatever your heart desires =)

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  16. Love the scarf. As for the blog, I'd be curious to hear a little bit about your career path -- how you ended up doing what you're doing. Also, how about some spinning?

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  17. I think your blog is so inspiring, I know that since I have found your blog my knitting has increased! I love reading the variety of topics you talk about and sharing of such great projects. If possible I would love to see WIP's and the different techniques you maybe trying out. Blogging should be a joy so I say write about whatever makes your heart sing!

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  18. Schedule? What schedule? Do it in your own time and your own way! We'll enjoy it when it shows up.

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  19. I am a newcomer, but so far I really enjoy your projects... and I love this set!

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  20. No blog police are going to come get you for not keeping to some schedule!!!! Love how you keep it varied/interesting so will continue to enjoy whatever you put out 'there' :) :)

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  21. My sister recently asked me if I could knit her some socks! I thought it's so sweet of her! Your sister has been spoiled this year, not to say the least!

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  22. I started following your blog because I was blown over by your china hutch re-do thingamajig, so I'd like more posts like that please :)

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  23. I love the set! And what a funny story:)

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  24. To add my two cents worth, I agree with those who say to blog whatever you feel like blogging, it is all interesting. I really enjoyed the blogs about your bathroon reno and new studio. Love before and after photos too!

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