I've been working on my ADVENTure bit by bit. Thinking through my gift list and planning out some projects to work on ahead of the holiday rush might sound a bit over-achieverish...but I know that the reality is that I'm merely trying to get ahead of the curve and enjoy the process. This first blessing stockpile is a January/February combo. Some of these gifts took weeks to actually materialize. (precisely why I mentioned the whole bit by bit detail)
Teacher pencil pouches:
These are gathered clutches by Noodlehead. One is slimmer than the other because I didn't have enough of the pink fabric. (Don't let things like fabric amounts deter you...just make due with what you've got when at all possible). I really enjoyed Anna's step by step tutorial until I got to the final step and had some trouble getting the little zipper thingys to look right. Eventually I caught on to the fact that YOU CAN'T SEW THROUGH THEM...you must sew BESIDE THEM. (those capitals are my note to self)
I lined them with some fun pops of color. I plan on giving these with some Ticonderoga pencils (my favorite) and a gift card for the teachers in my kids lives.
Feather and Fan dishcloth
This is my favorite dishcloth pattern. I love to use varigated yarn with it as it always turns out so pretty. However, following on the heels of my Diamond Cable Gilet...this little dishcloth was almost my undoing. I frogged it 5 times. Hello....was it worth it? By the fifth time I was merely showing it who the boss was. I won. There will be more of these. I have at least 4 people that I'm planning on gifting dishcloths and fancy soap.
Dropped Stitch Pattern Scarf
I love how this turned out....but I didn't enjoy knitting it. There are a lot of yarn overs and it required me to pay lots of attention. Apparently I didn't want to give it all the attention that it required and it just made me want to get it done. Now that it's done, I like it a lot. The pattern wasn't hard...just picky.
I used one skein of Araucania, Ulmo Multy, in color #704 and size 7 needles.
If you haven't started your own ADVENTure yet, I highly encourage you to join the fun. Slowly, bit by bit you too can stockpile blessings that will make the holidays a lot more enjoyable. Kristyn has even set up a flickr group where you can find even more inspiration.