Unlike the Secret Santa Swap, the Itty Bitty Christmas Swap 2010 had a couple requirements. The idea was to keep this swap fun and simple since the previous swap (Teddy Bear Picnic) was quite involved. There had to be either a knit Snowman Hat or a knit Christmas Set, designed by Susan B. Anderson. We were also instructed to include a recipe we liked during the holiday season, accompanied by some kind of yummy treat.
I chose to make my swap package penguin themed. Penguins are cute and waddle-y and represent winter well. (It didn't hurt to learn that my swap recipient, Mary Rose, collects penguins!) :) This little gem is a Christmas ornament. I love the scarves adorning these cheery penguins' necks, as well as their Christmas stockings.
Snowman Hat for a little boy in Mary Rose's life. After I was all done, I thought about whether I should have gone outside the box a little, but I finally decided that I really like the way this hat turned out.
(Baby Bee Hushabye Solid in Angel, Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Black, Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Marmalade and NaturallyCaron.com in Claret)
And since Mary Rose wasn't planning on keeping the Snowman hat, I opted to also knit her a piece of the Christmas Set. I knew I wouldn't have time for all 3 pieces, but I did have plenty of time for this little mouse.
As I like to do, I included something that would remind the recipient of Iowa, this time, a set of John Deere playing cards. Also note the assorted chocolates I hear didn't last long.... :)
Grove pattern by Jared Flood. I think this pattern is lovely. I believe I even mentioned it on a Friday Favorites.
Photo by Jared FloodAnd I think they would look lovely knit in Shelter, in the Almanac colorway! Yes, I was one of those people who waited too long to order (even though I was ahead of the game compared to usual) and was disappointed when I heard the yarn was backordered. And as it turns out, Almanac is a very popular color. Luckily, all arrived safe and sound before Christmas! (And if she chooses to make the pattern out of different yarn or use the Shelter for another project, I'm okay with that too - but it's always nice to have options!)
I had a lot of fun putting this package together. Especially since I've seen the packages Mary Rose can put together - I was the swap recipient of her Springtime in Paris parcel, after all!