Snowball Buddies

I can't rave enough about this pattern. All four snowball buddies were super fast and fun to make. The pattern allows for quite a bit of freedom to mix and match the animals. And each ended up having their own unique personalities as well. So without further ado, allow me to introduce:

Marzipan the Owl, a self-confessed fashionista who insisted that I knit him mittens to match his hat.

Have you ever met a mouse who abhorred cheese? Well now you have. Meet Candy Cane, who has a secret cheese phobia...but manages to make an exception for cheesecake.

Sugar Plum isn't your typical sweet bunny. She loves 70's punk, playing the drums and spicy carrot curry. She hates being called cute.

Last but certainly not least, meet Lolly (short for Lollipop) the Red-nosed Reindeer. He has been patiently waiting for years for his big acting break. Just don't mention that other reindeer. 

I hope that everyone had a bright and cheerful holiday! Mine was spent at home with my loud but loveable family. Lots of food, movies, laughter and chatter. Some inevitable meltdowns from the youngest members of the family that were quickly forgotten over new toys and sweets. A bad case of dishpan hands from cleaning up after my MIL. So sad to see it all over for another year. After the tree is put away, I might have to leave the snowball buddies out all winter long as a cheerful reminder of these happy moments.

 (linking up with FO Friday over at Tami's)


Big Head, Little Hats

Why is a finished hat in a WIP post, you might ask? Well, every holiday I try to knit the little guy a new hat for the winter season. This year I chose the Simple Slouchy Hat for its simplicity and short time requirement. It is a great pattern, but I failed to take into account that little noggins grow into big ones before you know it. So it's back to the knitting needles for this one. Although I am thinking of keeping it for myself and just picking a totally new pattern for the little guy.  I ran out of the grey Ultra Alpaca but that ended up being a good thing...I kind of like the color block trend that's happening now.

Also on the needles are more snowball buddies.  They are my new knitting obsession! I have made three so far and these little hats are the start of two more. Hopefully I can get them finished before Christmas. Can't wait to show you how they came out. They might be my most favorite knit creations ever :)

(linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Tami's)


Thoughts and Prayers

One of my patients made me this angel a few years back. It reminds me that after darkness comes healing and light.



On Monday I went to Target with the intention of checking a few presents off the Santa List. Instead, I left with some cute pajamas, a big plushy polka-dotted bathrobe and a pair of knee high Hello Kitty slipper socks...all for myself.

The shawl is more than halfway finished.

On Tuesday I went on ravelry with the intention of finding some quick presents to knit. Instead, I spent an hour looking at ornament patterns and fell for this adorable set. So now I am knitting a sweater wearing mouse...for myself.

On Wednesday I went to the freezer in search of some dinner inspiration. Instead, I found this...

How is your holiday shopping/crafting going? I hope that you are managing to stay on-track!

(linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Tami's)