Wow…what a crazy month, huh? I won’t even tell you how many “in my head” blog posts I made this month…you’d think I was the crazy one! Really I just bit off more than I could chew, and instead of admitting it, I kept avoiding the situation, so I got even less done than I could have.
Here’s the completed back of my sister’s Starsky:
I have the first of the two front panels finished too. I’m happy with it, just bummed I couldn’t finish it by Christmas. Reality (in the form of a teething, learning to walk, dairy-allergic so momma better stop caving and eating it all the time! almost 10 month old) intervened…again…and again…
When I started feeling guilty for wanting to take time to put up a Christmas tree, I knew the insanity had to stop. I quit feeling guilty & faced the fact that I wasn’t going to finish in time. If anyone could understand the constraints of motherhood, it would be my just-became-a-mother-herself sister who is the intended recipient. Sure enough, she was a bit bummed, but understood completely. She did inform me that she expected to receive it before it was too warm to wear, though. Of course since we live in Michigan, I figure I have until June, right? lol 😉
I believe I also promised pics of my Harvest Sock Swaps — both sent & received:
The one I received:
The pattern has vanished, but I believe it’s called falling leaves (update, it’s called Yukon Leaves – thanks, Penny!)? The yarn is filaturea di crosa & is super soft & cozy! If you look between the sock & yarn you will see an awesome bar of felted soap! I haven’t tried it out yet (I don’t have anything suitable in the shower to put it on after use — it needs a tray so it doesn’t just sit in a bit of water afterwards), but I read all about making them the week/day before receiving this, so it was pretty cool. If I was to give them to non-knitters I think I’d use dyed roving, though — my dh was making “back hair” comments when I showed him, lol!
Here is the package I sent:
An autographed copy of Outlander, stitchmarkers with amber beads & dragonflies for “Dragonfly in Amber,” A roll up needle case made of oriental inspired fabric for “Voyager” (to commemorate one of the characters), an amulet pouch — or notions holder 😉 for “Drums of Autumn” (to commemorate a native american character), the sock done in the firestarter pattern for “The Fiery Cross” (I’m still a little bummed it didn’t work out to have these in the red Trekking XXL yarn), and lastly some bulky white/gray/silver yarn, shortbread & a Starbucks coffee package for “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” (everybody needs a warm hat & a yummy treat when it’s cold out, right?).
I was pathetically proud of myself for coming up with this idea…I hope she loves it; I haven’t heard back, yet. She’s in Canada, so I know shipping can be s-l-o-w.
Gratuitous picture of sleeping baby:
I now have a manageable list of things to do, although still way too full. I’m definitely going to be getting better at saying no (especially to myself!) in the future. The last thing I want is to be stressed by something that is supposed to be relaxing & enjoyable! In the interests of not hiding my head in the sand, here’s my present to-do list:
*finish Starsky (30% done)
*finish/start Vintage Sock Swap socks (I have the ribbing of the first one almost done –pics coming soon)
*Lacecap for (a different) sister’s birthday in March
*knit my 2nd HSS sock
*diaper soaker for a friend/customer; this needs to be done within the next few weeks — before I see her at the next LLL meeting, at least!
*fix the Scar/Sock Wars socks so they’re wearable (I need to pull out the toes & knit another inch or so to each…and maybe pull out one entirely — the difference in gauge between the 2 people who knit them is insane — like 3 different needle sizes insane!).
*knit my own firestarters (ready to turn heel on first one)
*finish the longies for my friend out of peace fleece (these are 70% done)
*frog & reknit my baby’s winter hat — I made it too small & it slides right up & off his head!
*knit myself hat, mittens & gloves; okay, somehow I don’t think I’m going to get here until spring…but I can look at the yarn to make myself feel better, right? Here, you look, too:
The two skeins are Mountain Colors — the mohair will be the scarf & the boucle the hat. The two balls are Kathmandu DK from the Queensland Collection — wool, silk & cashmere — yum! They will be gloves for me — maybe fingerless with a flap? We’ll see.
I also have to finish sewing a messenger bag for my sister — actually I have to attach a bunch of patches — 15, I think? They’re iron on, but I have a feeling I’m going to want to tack them on by hand as well, then just sew on a some decorative ribbon & sew in the lining & the strap.
Of course the baby is wearing through all his diapers, so I need to sew more of those (plus some for my sister’s baby in the coming months), and sew at least one of the blankets I wanted to give as Christmas presents — they’re now going to be birthday presents this year & the first birthday is in January. Of course that’s one of the blankets I haven’t cut squares for yet… lol
All right…I’m getting a bit panicky, now. Gratuitous baby in cool shirt picture:
It’s a Da*n good think he’s so cute, or I think I’d have a total mental breakdown! lol Did I tell you he had 8 teeth now? And that he’s walking?! Not even 10 months old yet & he walks! And climbs stairs, eek!
And now…he wakes… good night, all! Have a great New Year!
Okay…I’m back — I forgot my list of links I’ve come upon recently… here is a hilarious blog post where a presidential candidate gets in on the sock-holding-for-pictures game, a la the Yarn Harlot. And then there’s the amusing to read & easy to knit kitty cat pattern (warning, strong language ;)). An argyle sock class/tutorial — I have a thing for argyle socks…I think I may just bite the bullet & knit a pair that has to be -gasp- seamed. And lastly…I finally found the stocking I wanted to use as a jumping point for the family stockings that I will be knitting before next Christmas! It’s from a back issue of Interweave Knits; you’ll have to scroll down a bit, it’s called a Rustic Holiday Stocking, isn’t it awesome? Of course I will need to buy the issue, as I didn’t start collecting them until Spring ’06. Okay…back to the vintage socks — I need to have them in the mail by January 7th! Eek; wish me luck!