Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas: Mission Accomplished!

I'm home again and happy as can be. So much fun has been had over the last week and a bit and the gift knits were actually done in time! (Well almost). It seems that I took next to no photos of Christmas down in Cornwall with my family but here's a suitably Christmassy shot in a rare patch of sun - though I should point out that these are pet geese that didn't get eaten :)

The last two knits on the gift schedule were both socks and were both nearly there by the time I caught the train on the 19th. I thought I had finished these Angee socks off on the way down and was very happy with that as they were for my Mum and so not the easiest thing to knit at her house.I was so excited to start these back when I first got my hands on Cookie A's book but I did not love knitting these as I never 'got' the pattern and had to check the book all the time in the most annoying way. I should have abandoned them early on but stubbornly carried on and it seems I was so keen to finish them that I miscounted the pattern repeat and made the second one about an inch short! So these were the almost about the finished knits - I gave them to my Mum like this which made her laugh at least and fixed them for her once she was allowed to see them.Pattern: Angee - Cookie A
Yarn: Yarn Addict - Bamboo Sock Yarn in Intense Green
Needles: 2.5 mm DPNs
Started: 30 May 2009
Finished: 26 December 2009

These socks were actually properly finished in time and were very well received by my Auntie. She was first on the list for Christmas socks as I made her some Jaywalkers last year and she loved them so much that she hasn't worn them but keeps them with her mementos! It's lovely when the work in gift knits is appreciated - but I made her promise that she will wear these!Pattern: Colosseum - Yarn Addict Anni
Yarn: Woolcraft Superwash Sock Yarn - Colourway: 46
Needles: 2.25 mm DPNs
Started: 4 September 2009
Finished: 21 December 2009

Thank you all for the comments and good wishes on the last post - hope your celebrations went with a swing and all missions for fun and frivolity were accomplished!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas TIME

I've hit the December point known as - "if only there were more time" - I think it about a thousand times a day as I have yet another crazy idea of something to make/cook/do for Christmas. I like to think that if I could just abandon the job for December that I'd get it all done. I'd get more done for sure but it could never be 'all' as the inspiration out there ensures fresh supplies of schemes for wintery delights - like learning to crochet just to make snowflakes or building my own snow village or... well I'm sure you all get the idea and have a billion things bubbling over that you'll never quite get to.
So it's prioritise like crazy, craft for sanity (and if it is as simple as wrapping some berries and mistletoe round a heart shaped wreath - jump for joy) and I try to remember that seeing the people I'm making the presents for is the most important thing of all!
I don't think I'll be back here before I head down to the wilds of Cornwall for Christmas (where the internet is like a candle in the wind) - so let me pass on my Season's Greetings and farewell to you as I head off to knit a little more and watch The Holiday with my cousin while chomping on some roasted chestnuts. Ah, it may be crazy but I LOVE this time of year. Hope it treats you all well.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Check

Malabrigo Hat? Check. Mock Cable Socks? Check. Two more Christmas presents checked off the to knit list (and two more checked off that list when I found lovely shop gifts this weekend) means the control thing might not just be an illusion this year!

Pattern: Skye Rib Hat - Dreamcatcher
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Forest - about half a skein
Needles: 4mm DPNs
Started: 19 November 2009
Finished: 07 December 2009

This is my second version of this pattern, a great beanie which is super stretchy enough to fit all but the biggest noggins I would think. Thank you Dreamcatcher for a great classic pattern. The Malabrigo is so lovely for a snug hat as it so soft around your face and I'm hoping there might be enough left in the skein for a second.

Pattern: Lacy Mock Cable Socks - Scarlett Knits
Yarn: Regia Kaffe Fasset Design Line - Shade 4250
Needles: 2.25 mm DPNs
Started: 28 August 2009
Finished: 06 December 2009

Love this pattern. Wins an award from me for a stitch pattern that looks fabulously complicated but is a real doddle to do. The only reason that these malingered around is that I kept saving them for my short journeys travelling project because of their simplicity. I might be tempted to go up to a 2.5mm needle if I did them again but I'm trusting the stretch in the ribby lace will make them fit the recipient.

I'm off to keep up the knitting so that Santa doesn't have to lend me any elves this year.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Santa Claus is Coming!

I'm so glad it's December - my self imposed no mention of Christmas ban is lifted! I'm so excited this year, I don't quite know why the magic is stronger some years than others, maybe it's just having enough time and energy to enjoy the fun and not feel like it's lots of work?
I feel like I'm in control of the Christmas knits (we're still at the illusion stage). A few are done - like those rocking red socks - and most are on their way like this version of Dreamcatcher's Skye Rib Hat in a good Christmassy green shade of Malabrigo. I'm making this for the Secret Santa swap at work, I pulled out a colleague who has been begging for a hand knit - serendipitous!
The decorations came down from the loft last night and though we can't get our tree till the weekend some things went up. Last years pompom garland was a lot more fun to make than to untangle this year, come January 6th I must be in less of a hurry to just get the stuff down!
I do love the memories that come out of the box with the things. Saying hello to old friends is such a lovely part of the decorating.
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