Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dear Santa...

Things were crazy insane just before Christmas and between finishing all my knitting projects, finishing the Christmas shopping and rushing to the hospital because of a kidney infection going to buy groceries fell by the wayside. I figured we'd be stuffing our faces with Christmas meals everywhere else but home and have a fridge full of yummy leftovers from all the relatives soon enough. If Rutty hadn't picked up some milk at the gas station on the way home from Langley on Christmas Eve poor Santa would've been eating dry Cookie Crisp.

Parade of Presents: Christmas 2009

Sushi Training Kit 1.0

Rutty's brother, Troy, lives in Ontario. For Christmas they fill a box with weird things they think the other would like. This year I wanted to throw in a few things for his fiancee, Caryn and her 4 year old daughter, Jordan, who we met on our visit this summer. Troy is big into sushi and Caryn was starting to warm up to the raw stuff while we were there. Jordan on the other hand claimed she loved sushi though she had never tried it before. I decided that for Christmas, I would make her a Sushi Training kit to foster that love for sushi.

The full platter of knit and crocheted sushi with a pair of chopsticks.

Tamago Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri and Ebi Nigiri with wasabi and ginger.

Two inside out California rolls with hand sewn beads for sesame seeds, two Salmon Maki, one Kappa Maki and one Oshinko Maki.

Other Things in the Box

To add to the Sushi Training Kit but with no relevance to it, I also made Jordan a pair of Piggy Mittens.

I made Caryn a pair of arm warmers using the "Fetching" pattern from Knitty.

And Troy got a striped toque.

Sushi Training Kit 2.0

My best friend from high school, Kayce, is also a big sushi fan. So I made another Sushi Training Kit for her 2 year old daughter, Riley.

Tamago Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Ebi Nigiri, two Salmon Maki and two Kappa Maki.

For Kayce's one-month old daughter, Naiya, I made a pair of soft merino wool baby mittens.

Cozy Things

A pair of soft alpaca arm warmers for my niece, Annabelle.

And by special request, a hat for my mom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Stuff and Nonsense

I've noticed that in the last bit Rutty has had a string of blog updates for December to compensate for the lack of blog updates in November. Not that I'm trying to compete or anything, but I figured I should post something since it looks like I've done nothing for a month when in actual fact, I have been making stuff... lots of stuff... Christmas presenty-stuff that can't be posted till after Christmas. You'll have to take my word for it.
I signed up on Etsy and created a shop with the hope of having something to sell in January. I already have a couple of commissions lined up for after the holidays that I'm excited about. And also we're moving. The big purge to prepare for co-habitation with Rutty has sort of begun and panic and stress has set in. Normally we go all out on Christmas with the decorating but this year, it's been very busy and crazy and so the big Christmas tree is not going up and the excessive Christmas vomit all over the apartment will just be random Christmas loogeys.
I'm looking forward to the holiday break. My kidneys are sore. That's not an analogy for anything. My kidneys are just sore.