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Gifting No. 13 : Arika Cowl

The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me. All Gifting posts can be seen here.

This one was hard, so hard, to let go of! I'm only comforted by the fact that my cousin appreciates it. She's got such style. Do yourself a favor and go make an Arika Cowl! I'm definitely making myself one soon, too. (Unless you want to make me one?)

Rav notes here.

Gifting No. 12 : GAPtastic Cowl

The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me. All Gifting posts can be seen here.

When I cast on for this project, I had a few ideas on who to give it to but nothing concrete. Then, all kismet like, I got a message from my cousin and just knew this cowl was meant for her. Off it went to the snowy wilds of Michigan. The pattern is the GAP-tastic Cowl. You've no doubt seen it on Ravelry. You've probably made one (or two!) yourself. If not, you should. 

Found on Ravelry here.

GIFTING No. 10 + 11 : Green Forest and Henny

The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me. All Gifting posts can be seen here.

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When my Grandma was in her final months, she complimented my Godmother on her headband. Off it came and was handed across the dining room table. "Here. You can have it," said my Godmother. That sums her up quite perfectly. She is easily one of the most generous and thoughtful people I know--always remembering little details and going out of her way to find ways to help and give.

A headband/earwarmer like this really suits her, and tied with the story above, I knew it'd be a perfect gift. Ideally, a jewel toned color would be best but I went with my own dyed yarn (mixed berries) since she's always been a big supporter of mine. The pattern is called Green Forest, which is free and very simple.

Also knit in December to be gifted was a Henny Hat. This one was for my Aunt, another supporter of mine. (Hey, I've got a lovely family!) I know we are all equally Irish, but she might have a wee bit more Irish in her blood than the rest of us. So, the last bit of Knit Pick's Preciosa in the Bonsai colorway was my choice for her. Two skeins made three hats. This one, a simple beanie with a pom pom and a Kathleen.

Ravelry notes here and here.

GIFTING No. 9 - A Marshmallow Fluff for Ann

The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me. All Gifting posts can be seen here.

 

The next handmade in my gifting series is a chunky, garnet red cowl made for my friend Ann. The pattern is Marshmallow Fluff and the yarn is Knit Picks Tuff Puff. It's classed as "super bulky." That, plus the fact that I used size 19 needles, made it come together so quickly. I almost felt as if I was cheating! 

Rav notes here.

Gifting No. 7 + 8 : Beanies
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The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me.

After my father passed away last year, I've been so comforted by the thought that so many people, all over the world, have something he made. Customers, peers, friends, family. I'm hoping that I too can not only leave behind memories but tangible markers of my love, gratitude, passions and hard work. 

So, next up in my Gifting series are two hats, for each my Aunt and Uncle out in Michigan. The winters are brutal there. Whenever I think of our winters, I am thankful they aren't Michigan winters. Then I am thankful my family doesn't live in the UP, where they keep snowblowers on their roofs and have way too much "snirt," and where my Uncle says "they only have two seasons--winter and August."

Still, southern MI is plenty cold in winter and these two wooly hats are fitting for this couple. My Aunt's is a simple beanie knit with the leftovers of the Kathleen I just finished. As you can see, it pooled in a crazy pattern. Thankfully, I know my Aunt will love it regardless, but I would be frustrated if it were making the hat for myself. (And I'm grateful the cables in the Kathleen might have helped hide any possible pooling.)

And the second is for my Uncle, who put his life on hold to come out here and help us take care of my Grandmother in her final months. He also helped us, helped me, more than I can say. His encouragement, support, and love; ingenuity, craftsmanship and knowledge are very evident here at Buckaloo View Farm. For that, for him, I will always be grateful. And I hope this walnut dyed beanie helps show it, even in just a small way.