december 1

Monday, December 01, 2008

So, it's December 1, and somehow I seem to be stuck in October.  Or maybe wishing it still was October.  I mentioned last year, that I wanted to make the advent calendar like Garnet Hill.

Make a couple a month.  No problem.  Fast forward twelve months.  Not a single one was made. They started popping up again, and I got the urge to make them. I managed to make four over the course of last weekend.  Just to get a jump start.  Now, I guess that I will have to make one a day, just to stay ahead of the game.  I must admit these are not my favorite things to make.  Easy enough, but as soon as you think that you are finished, you have to embroider the number, crochet a chain, and perhaps make a pom-pom.  I just want to keep knitting.
One could wing the pattern, but why, when it is clearly written out here.
Happy December!

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65 comments

  1. Neat idea. I've seen various advent calendar ideas in the past week... many I've wanted to try out. But for some reason, this year has slipped by so so quickly. We're in December already?

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  2. I have been working on that advent calendar this fall and have been furiously finishing it up today....Yours looks fanastic!

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  3. Oh, good for you, actually doing it! I told myself when I saw it in the catalog (last year? two years ago?) I thought I could make that, so why buy it? And yet... and yet... and yet... I haven't done it, and hate knitting little, fidgety things that require more sewing than knitting.. and so. Still no advent mittens for me. I shoulda just bought 'em!

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  4. I saw this and fell in love . . . too late! I decided to make the mittens and hats in felt this year and try to make the knitted one for next year. I found some great wool felt in beautiful colors - I think it will look just fine.

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  5. Oh so cute! I feel your pain -- I wanted to do one out of stockings. I got one started at the beginning of November, but that's as far as it went. Maybe next year LOL. Good luck with yours -- I'll be rooting for you!

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  6. what a great project to add to my "to do for next year" list!some things will just have to wait.
    love it leslie!

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  7. So cute! I had planned to make a cool artsy advent calendar with magnets on the back of a cookie sheet a la Theresa McFadden and here it is Dec. 1. I like your idea of doing the project during the advent season. Your knitting is wonderful!

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  8. They are so cute, but that would just be way too much pressure for me! I have every confidence that you will finish all of them.

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  9. I had great ambitions for an Advent calendar too. Yes, great ambitions.

    (I cheated today and bought an Advent calendar box of candies from Starbucks as they were on clearance since this was the last day they could sell them. I can put something else in the holes next year instead of the candy, right?)

    Tana
    www.life.tanapageler.com

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  10. Maybe you could alternate knitted items, such as mittens, then hats (nice and easy), and then mini socks. At least it would provide some variety.

    They do look rather nice though. Hmmm! The first isn't quite over. Maybe I could whip one up still tonight.

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  11. Oh me too! I wanted to make this also but it's not going to happen. I watch yours as you put it together :)

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  12. It is so cute though...worth all the fussy finishing, and you will have it forever!

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  13. Cute! Good luck with that one. :)

    I'm sticking with the chocolate calendars.

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  14. Lookin' good so far!

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  15. so sweet! looks like you're off to a great start.

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  16. I still feel like I'm in October, too! Perhaps we can have a fall festival together?

    Too funny, I was just this evening looking at that advent calendar in Garnet Hill... Yours is coming along nicely! :0)

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  17. I've wanted to make these too and totally forgot. Thanks for reminding me! I'll probably still won't get to them this year. Yours are wonderful!

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  18. I'm with you - this year is going way too fast! Love the advent mittens - just lovely - will no doubt become a family heirloom.

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  19. how darling! good luck finishing.

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  20. I love it! You are right about the extra finishing...maybe I should start one now for next year???

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  21. My SIL has asked me for this for the last two years...same thing, I think I will do a few a month and then nothing. Congrats on actually doing!

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  22. Those are too freakin' cute! I've never been big on Advent calendars...not something of a tradition from childhood, I guess...but lately I've seen some really cute ones. This project could be a little time consuming, especially as you are knitting them and embellishing, but oh the joy of having them done. Super cool. And more lovely links to follow. Thanks! Happy 2nd of December! :)

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  23. They're lovely! Great picture and neat idea. Are you putting anything in them? Chocolate would be nice... :)

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  24. maybe i should start now for next year....
    it is super cute!

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  25. Well, at least you only have to do it the one time, and they'll be enjoyed for years and years to come.

    They're worth it, so cute!!!

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  26. Those are beyond cute!!!!!

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  27. very cute, but you are crazy. :) I can't believe you started this and are now going to make one a day. There's no way that would happen with me. You rock!

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  28. That's ambitious, but those are so cute, it's worth it!

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  29. This is such an inspired idea and I remember thinking the same thing last year. And once again here I am thinking 'next year I have to do that'. I'm going to send myself an e-mail reminder for October 1, 2009! Ha ha. I'm looking forward to watching yours come along in the meantime though.

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  30. So do you put a little surprise inside each mitten then? I've been pondering having a more interactive advent calendar--we have a paper chain countdown. But I sort of like the idea of having something I can put an activity into. Hmm. I could knit a couple of mittens a month and be ready by next year.

    What? I could too. :-)

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  31. Joanne Snyder12/02/2008

    Thanks for the link to Tangle I just ordered the pattern for the adventskalender. Your calendar looks so cute I can't wait to see it finished.

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  32. I think they are looking great! Enjoy the process, you're a few days ahead of the game. Teach Lib to pom. g

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  33. I sent you a message on facebook, email not working. Love the mitts.

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  34. This IS a nice idea. I can see doing this for our home. Someday...someday. I do love it.

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  35. Ratts! I remember saying the same thing! Oops, maybe next year. For me anyways, I have confidence that you will make it happen!

    Pretty darn cute so far!

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  36. Those are just wonderful!

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  37. LOVE IT! At least it is a good reason to knit each day...

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  38. Super cute! I'm still plugging away on mine. I'm impressed that you're embroidering the numbers -- I don't have the patience for that.

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  39. so cute , Leslie! keep knitting!

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  40. Oh, these are so amazing. Good job!

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  41. These are so cute. Thanks for the link to the pattern.

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  42. That is such a cute project! Good luck with knitting one a day--at least you have a little head start. I can't wait to see modeled pics of your skirt:)

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  43. I remember last year when you talked about this and I made a mental note to look into doing it too. Since I have not begun yet, I guess I will do mine next year. For real this time!

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  44. Very cute. I'm glad you finally started to get to work on them, I remember last year you mentioning it. I made advent calendars this year but nothing so elaborate. I'd like to do knit stockings or knit mittens for next year. Maybe I should start now?

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  45. i've five hats done, but none completely finished.
    yours are adorable.

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  46. Those are so darling! Hmmm, wonderful way to use up some stash. Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you!

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  47. What a SUPER CUTE idea! Do show us your progress throughout the month. I may just need to knit one of these next year.

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  48. They look gorgeous and well worth the effort for next year perhaps?

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  49. Well, if anyone can do this insane project, it's Speed Demon Leslie:)

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  50. I saw this in Garnet Hill as well....of course, I have half an advent calendar made out of wool felt, but I can't seem to finish it. Perhaps I should just knit little mittens instead.

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  51. Can you make them in triples? I am sure by the time you knit yours, you won't know to stop. Perhaps if you continued...i hope, we could have one!!! Just joking. Don't sweat!

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  52. Adorable! Good luck with the rest.

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  53. alphonse12/03/2008

    Those colors are yummy. How did you decide which ones to use? :)

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  54. oh what fun. Perhaps out of time for this year, but fun project for next.

    Love the new title picture, btw!!

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  55. they are so cute and what a great way to use up scraps. good luck getting them all done xo

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  56. Cute! I've had the urge to make more Tiny Sweaters, you know, the ones I meant to make every now and then through the summer to be ready with my winter knit decorations...

    Happy knitting-
    ali

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