Life has been a crazy whirlwind lately what with our performances for the high school play I direct (it went surprisingly well, given the first time I had a full cast was the first performance and they had only been on stage three times before that) and speech starting up.
And knitting! We mustn't forget that.
I finally finished these for my Grandma for Christmas (they'd been felted for a long time, but they needed a final touch):
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in lettuce, natural, celeste, and redwood bark (or you can use any scrap yarn you have in DK weight and have fun with them)
Needles: US Size 5 dpns or circulars (3.75 mm)
“It was a full moon and, shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day -- only the shadows were rather confusing.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
When I was younger, I would spend four days every winter at Camp Foster YMCA of the Okobojis for Snowfest, which in recent years has had a name change to Winterfest because Iowa winters are very unpredictable. Some years there was plenty of snow for Snowfest and some years there was no sign of the white stuff. I named these mitts Winterfest because I feel like the colors and pattern envelope everything I know about Winterfest, whether there is snow or not. The deep ravines that run through camp are in the mitts, the prairies on the edge of camp are in the mitts, and the snow--we mustn’t forget the snow!
And as an added bonus, this has been added to the Christmas special on Ravelry. Simply enter coupon code Christmas2013 to receive 25% off this and any of my other paid patterns on Ravelry to help you with your Christmas knitting.
You know that children's song that goes: Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high, when along came a [insert something here...like "avalanche"] interrupting his cry.
That is how I felt while working on this cowl. I love it, don't get me wrong. And I very much wish it was for me and that I didn't have to give it away for Christmas, but it got a bit...dull. It became the never-ending cowl. Way worse than working on a sweater, or the cuff of a sock.
Oh a knitter went cabling on a set of size 9s [those were my needles!] When along came a doily interrupting her try. Yo-de-lay-ki-ki, yo-de-lay-ki-koo: lace Yo-de-lay-ki-ki, yo-de-lay-ki-koo: lace Yo-de-lay-ki-ki, yo-de-lay-ki-koo: lace Yo-de-lay-ki-ki-yo! Oh a knitter went cabling on a set of size 9s When along came a fingerless mitt interrupting her try. Yo-de-lay-ki-ki, yo-de-lay-ki-koo: lace, thumb gusset Yo-de-lay-ki-ki, yo-de-lay-ki-koo: lace, thumb gusset Yo-de-lay-ki-ki, yo-de-lay-ki-koo: lace, thumb gusset Yo-de-lay-ki-ki-yo!
But it's done, at any rate. Link to ravelry project page: Cables.
I know, we don't want to hear about snow yet, but unfortunately, we have an estimated 3-5 inches of snow starting tomorrow night. The rain has already started (how it is supposed to get from upper 50s today to 30s and 20s tomorrow and Wednesday, I don't know. But this is Iowa, and I've grown accustomed to it).
Anyway, with the snow coming and Christmas music in the stores, I decided to get in the Christmas spirit (I seriously contemplated putting up my tree yesterday). My Christmas knitting is underway, and I'm always looking for a bargain and a very quick knit for my Christmas gift giving. In honor of all of that, I'm offering 25% off from now until December 24th on any of my patterns to help you with your Christmas knitting! (This offer is only good on Ravelry.)
It's been a while since I've said hey to the world, which isn't to say that I've been ignoring the world, merely living in it.
I haven't been home for longer than the required 10 hours to see my husband and sleep in a couple of weeks, so I'm really looking forward to the upcoming weekend. Shhh. Nothing is scheduled...yet.
I've still gotten my fair share of knitting done--not as much as I'd like, but enough to keep me satisfied. (I've been falling asleep as soon as I sit down to relax lately, so even free time knitting is at a stand-still.)
I did manage to get a pair of fingerless mitts test knit for a wonderful designer on Ravelry. I made the left one at a speech convention and the right one at a gun show.
They are wonderfully. I love the detail of the roll-down cuff. This pair will find a home with my godmother and aunt come Christmastime. I hope she loves them.
Mom wanted a doily for Christmas. This is her second, and probably last for this year. It is pretty, but it was a pain in the butt to knit.
Mom always wants things made with teeny tiny yarn and needles. You can't see the scope of how big this really is in these pictures. It is large. Massive.
Mom has also been the ONLY one to ever receive hand knit socks from me. I need to get cracking on a pair for me, I think.
After Christmas knitting is done.
I took Mom to a yarn store two weeks ago. She bought the Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits magazine. And yarn. Enough yarn for me to make the Chilly Morning Cosycoat for her. Not that I'm complaining about another knitting project. I think we can all agree that I love knitting. However, I have Christmas knitting for Mom done. AND birthday knitting done.
My lofty goals are to also get this cosycoat done by Christmas as an extra surprise. We'll see. My Christmas knitting is actually going well, so it's in the realm of possibilities.
On another note, it's 47 degrees right now and our high is only supposed to be 51. Needless to say, I'm all cozy and comfortable in my Chocolate Stout. I am in love with this sweater. I am so happy it was my first. I can't wait to make another!
I'm going to a Speech Coach Convention this weekend. I am pretty sure this sweater must go with me.
And I'll take knitting. Not sure those people are ready for someone knitting in convention, but someone has to break the mold. Challenge accepted.