What I Gave, What I Received – Knitmas 2015

It’s time for my annual Knitmas post. This will be a run-down of what I made and gave as well as what was made for and given to me. Be prepared to see some beautiful things.

 

What I Made & Gave
Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

Knitmas Gift – Photo from ALifeOfHerOwn

The main handmade item is a cowl. I used two super chunky wools to knit this in the round. The outcome is squishy yet firm. Very nice to wear on a windy day.

Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

A notebook to make crafty insightful notes of genius… or grocery lists. Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

A Christmas ornament of carved wood.

Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

Stitch markers. These were on her wish list. Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

Fixed circular knitting needles in 2.25mm with an 80cm cord. This was on her wish list.

Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

The other handmade item in the parcel was a project bag I sewed for her. She listed a project bag in her Elster wishlist. I adapted a fun fabric bucket from Penney’s with a custom drawstring. It took longer than you’d expect, but was worth the result.

Knits 2015 for my downstream elf

 

What I Received

Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

Ten little parcels and a card! Let the gift opening begin… Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

My favorite colors in one cable knit hat. I rarely knit cables, so this is such an amazing gift.

Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

A closer look at those cables. I don’t know the yarn used, but isn’t it beautiful?! Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

Look at that hearty pom-pom on top!

Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

A headband ear warmer with cables! Cables! Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

I love little snow globes!

Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

Cute little gnomes for my Christmas tree! Nonbreakable so LB can’t hurt these fellows. Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

Here is everything in one lovely photo. You can see the hot chocolate stirrer, the chocolate bar, the three sets of felt pom-poms, and a hank of blue-green sock weight yarn in this group photo that I didn’t spotlight above.

Knits 2015 - from my upstream elf

This was a beautiful, warm, sweet, and thoughtful Knitmas gift that has all the comforts of a holiday hug. What a generous and talented upstream elf I had this year.

 

Which was your favorite item or project? Did you participate in Knitmas or a crafty gift exchange this year? What did you make or receive?

If you remember, I’ve participated in Knitmas since 2011. Each year, I enjoy creating something for someone else who comprehends what does into a handmade project. It has been a fun tradition for the past five years and I look forward to it again next year. Here is a quick rundown (with links) to what I’ve given and received in the past:

What I gave in 2011 to D (pattern link)

What I gave in 2012 to Grainne

What I gave in 2013 to Kathy

What I received in 2013 from Catherine

What I gave in 2014 to Carol (my post)

What I gave in 2014 to Carol (her post)

What I received in 2014 from Regina

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