So it may seem like I didn’t knit anything for a long time and then just jumped to knitting the Miette Sweater. Well I did kind of jump from scarves and wristbands, skipping over socks and hats, and go to straight knitting a sweater. There was some knitting in between though, but it was for gifts, so it was a secret! Now that they are finished, delivered and received, I can finally blog about the three pairs of handwarmers (with the Blogcademy logo on them) that I made as thank you gift for the Blogcademy headmistresses, Shauna, Gala and Kat.
If you are unfamiliar with what the Blogcademy is, you can read my re-cap of the Portland workshop that I went to last March. Shauna, Gala and Kat are the creators and instructors of the Blogcademy and since I felt like I never properly thanked them, for what was an amazing experience, I wanted to send them all a token of gratitude.
On the heels of my Wild and Free wristbands, I had been playing with intarsia/color work and figured I could easily recreate the Blogcademy “B” in a wristband. I made a chart on graph paper again, but quickly realized that due to the number of rows needed for the chart, the wristband would have to be super wide, which didn’t look very good I thought, so I decided to change them to handwarmers.
These took me forever to make. I started my first pair in the waiting room of a hospital, when my soon to be sister-in-law was in labor with my nephew. That was last May. I have learned to knit a bit faster since then, and man, do I have my stockinette stitch down now!
The most fun part was when I was finally finished knitting all three pairs and could focus on the fun packaging I was going to send them in!
I love an excuse to go to Packaging Specialties and bought most of my packaging there.
Matt had these fun alphabet stamps that I used to write Shauna, Kat and Gala’s names on their cards. He’s had them the whole time we’ve been together, so I can’t believe I’ve never used them for anything before. I want to use them for everything now!
Lastly, I decorated the boxes with some washi tape I got at the Schoolhouse Craft Conference last year. It just happened to be Blogcademy colors!
I was most nervous about sending Kat her pair, since she lives in the U.K. and I haven’t done a lot of international shipping before. Here is a fun photo of Kat wearing her Blogcademy handwarmers. It’s cool to see someone wearing something you made, especially when it’s all the way in another country!
Ravelry notes are here, if you want to know more.