Saturday, March 5, 2011

blessing stockpile #1

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. 

14 comments:

Sally said...

it all looks great! I hear you on the scarf pattern. I had two single balls of some ribbon yarn that i used to make a short,squat scarf, and a long skinny scarf. With both, it was so aggravating to do it, but they look nifty. We can check "dropped stitch FO" off our to-knit list :)

I have been horrible at the ADVENTure 2.0...I gotta get on that!!

Kristyn Knits said...

wow! look at all those gifts!! I especially love the gathered detail on the pencil pouches. persistence pays off...they look awesome! and the dishcloth and scarf are favorites of mine as well. thanks for linking up your ADVENTure projects! happy crafting.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

That scarf is wonderful -- it's such a different stitch. You should be very pleased with your hard work. I just finished up the last of my dishcloths for the ADVENTure. Now, onto some cards.

PS. Those pouches are great -- and you're braver than me. I have yet to conquer the zipper!

christinelaennec said...

Very inspiring! I particularly like the dishcloth pattern.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful scarf! Everything is so great and good job not giving up on that dish cloth!

Tracy said...

Ooo... such a lovely stockpile of gifts, Lisa! Those pouches are so pretty--love the ruching effect... very stylish! The dishcloths are so pretty too. Gosh, I better get thinking about Christmas! ;o) Happy Week ((HUGS))

Gigi said...

Well look at you -- all ahead of the game! Lovely things you're whipping up too. Great scarf, and I know what you mean about YO's -- they give me a heck of a time too ;).
Blessings,
GG

Christina said...

Ticonderoga pencils are my favorites too. :D And I absolutely love the drop stitched scarf! Maybe I'll have to pick up my knitting needles again...

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I love the pencil bags!! Adorable, I am definitely saving the link for that tutorial.

Plain and Joyful Living said...

I just love how you are getting it done now...
Your bags and dish cloth look wonderful.
Warm wishes,
Tonya

wayside wanderer said...

What a lot of lovely loot! =)
I am going to go have a look at the dishcloth pattern and I really like the scarf, especially the part about only being one skein and it turned out so pretty. You are doing great. It must feel good.

Larissa said...

Love the first photo - what a wonderful stack of blessings! Your pouches are beautiful - i happen to be blessed with a pouch made by you (which i use every day) and i know how a gift like this can bring a smile to one's face. Your dishcloth is so pretty - i may just cast on for one tonight. The scarf is awesome (i don't like counting or dropping yarnovers either) and will truly bless someone this holiday season. I know because i was blessed by a similar scarf made by Kristyn.

I need to start stockpiling some gifts myself - i recently gifted all the teacher gifts i made. The good news is that my kiddos will have different teachers by the time december rolls around so i may be able to make more of the same gifts.

Gloria said...

Beautiful works of art...all of them! That knitted scarf is amazing!! Who ever receives that is one lucky lady!! Love the dishcloth!!!

The pencil pouches turned out beautifully too. I am afraid of zippers. I tend to avoid sewing with them whenever possible...:/

I Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

XOXO Gloria

The WoodLand School said...

What a wonderful collection of treasures! I'm glad to hear your review of the drop-stitch scarf. I'm in the mood for a mindless project ... guess I'd better choose something else :-)