My needles are super busy and I’m so excited. Projects are getting done, Christmas gifts (the few that I”m buying) are being purchased and wrapped, decorations are going up around our apartment and stockings are being hung…Doesn’t that sound like a song? I don’t know what’s come over me this year but it’s the first time in years that I’m actually feeling the holiday spirit. I’m singing Christmas songs for God’s sake… I think it’s because my family and I have decided not to exchange major gifts, but smaller, more meaningful things so (as my mum says) we have something to open on Christmas day. This year we are doing things as a family…having a portrait done, going to see a broadway show, dinner in the city…What we all really want is time together. Isn’t that a song too?
Now regarding holiday/end of year knitting…I finished the little skull cap…it was so worth re-knitting this. I love it! Nice and snug!!! And again the color is so amazing.
Bearfoot “Red Tail Hawk” (less than 1/2 a skein)
Also started (sunday) and finished (monday) a watch cap for my brother in law. Simple, classic hat. He works in construction and it’s damn cold out…enough said. I want to give it to him now poor thing.
Aurora 8 #22 Charcoal, 2 skeins (very little left over). The cuff is very deep for extra warm-ness.
One more hat to go…this time for the baby sister.
Now these are the remaining 2007 projects on needles right now.
Russian Prime sweater I started at camp this past July. I can hear my fellow campers saying just finish the thing already…
Yarn: Berocco Ultra Alpaca, Winter White #6201 and Wooland Mix #6276 (no surprise there)
This sweater is another do-over. I started this months ago and knit on it when I’m between other projects or just want something mindless. It’s going to be a cardigan but I’m making it up as I go along. I’m adding some special touches and eventually want it to have a Tomten feel.
Yarn: Mountain Colors, Weavers Wool Pounder, “Yellowstone”. It’s more like 3/4 lb now since I used some on this. Size 6 needles, garter stitch.
Now this one…I’m ashamed to say I started this one in July of 2005 while at camp for the first time. Again it’s one of those that I pull out and knit a few rows but then move onto something else.
It’s so beautiful but tedious. I learned how to do 2 color/fair isle on this project with the help of this lovely purple lady. The tediousness comes from having to purl. You purl in the 2 color pattern. Can you say annoying boys and girls? That’s been my problem with this. It’s not hard just slow.
The design, Fair Isle Bag, is by Beth Brown Reinsel, from the Summer 2004 IK.
I’m using the Aurora 8, which is all wrong for this project but the colors are so bright and brilliant. I also made a mistake in the solid gold/yellow section by using the wrong needle size but I’m not too worried about that. It’s going to be a great bag…I just have to finish the darn thing. As you can see one side is done, I’m working across the bottom then there is just the other side and the finishing details.
So what do you think… can I do it…oh and these ok course. I’ll do my best.