DIL's socks are still awaiting the extra skein to be delivered. Not worried.
Sara was working on this pattern and I HAD to make it. Gauge? Who needs to do a gauge? (This is the person who is 'affectionately' known as the gauge nazi.) I got this far and decided it was knitting to little person size instead of big person size.
Set it aside. Cast on again.
Much better. Not the colours I would have chosen, but it's what was on hand. (This yarn was supposed to be these socks. I might have enough left over to still make them. Fingers crossed. It would look better in those socks than it does in this hat.)
While knitting the worsted wt version, I thought of a little person who needs this one. (Not the little one in the picture, although don't tell him. He's sort of bonded with this project.) All is not lost.
Hubby had a fit over it. (eep. Another pair of BIG socks...for the Christmas party next week???) I cast on the usual 72 stitches I use for his socks and was whirling away (like those whirling dervishes) when he commented that 'those are awfully skinny socks, aren't they?' Well, darn. Yes, they are. (obviously, he was not willing for them to be come MY socks.) Surely 80 stitches will be adequate.
1/2 pair of bedroom/dorm socks for my DIL. She requested them, but boy, is she ever going to be surprised. This year, they might actually fit the way handknit socks are supposed to fit. For some reason, it wasn't until this summer that I discovered that like my son...she has rather large feet. Her past Christmas socks (and she has received many--thank goodness socks stretch), were knit to fit me or my daughter. In my mind, everyone wears the same size I do.....I think this is sort of like---everyone is also my age? Go figure.
Of course, I ran out of yarn. (I bought enough to make her socks MY size! GRRRRR. I'm a very slow learner sometimes.) I'll be lacking about 2", but I'm knitting on and will only have those few inches left to do when the yarn arrives. It's my plan. I'm sticking to it. (I have to....that's the Christmas knitting schedule and I'm not wavering.)
I started reading Geraldine Brooks' latest book about King David, The Secret Chord. I very much like the first couple chapters. I'm in a new book club and this is January's read.
Oh, baby...it was cold (and rainy) outside, which may have accounted for our wooly success during Small Business Saturday Artisan Market at Ephemera, our local art shop. Daughter and I had one of 8 tables; our table runneth over, but incredibly we sold almost everything.
A couple months ago my daughter and I decided to join some other artists and have a table in a local craft shop during Small Business Saturday. A friend at work this morning commented that I really haven't talked much about it.
When you knit a headband...
you can talk about it being in local school colours (or Univ of Ky colours)...
or about how it's knit in your favorite grey...
but, honestly, what do you say about
a whole bowl full?
Or a basket FULL of mini-stockings?
We have enough ornaments and stitch markers to fill a Christmas tree..
with some baby hats for tree-toppers (there are at least 6 more candy striped hats buried somewhere in the pile of stuff)...
I have piles of purses and sweaters and scarves and shawls and mitts and hats...many shop models from the days when I owned a knit shop. My daughter has really cute chunky cowls and mugs with cozies and facecloths. No way will it all fit on a 6 foot table!
The first 'something' you make is cute...the second still makes you happy, but after you start mass producing you do sort of lose the love for the project. And the pattern rewrites to avoid copyright infringement is not a barrel of laughs, either. I guess that's the reason I've been rather quiet about all the elving that's been going on.
Working with her on this has been the greatest gift. And knowing that we'll be spending an entire day together on Saturday is priceless.
And-----if things don't sell...
we have enough Christmas gifts for the next 5 years!!
Make that 10.
(vintage ornaments skewered on a knitting needle, what else?)
If you are in the Paducah area on Saturday, do plan to stop by Ephemera on 9th Street between 10 and 5. We'll be there knitting.
and DONE! Skyp socks in Berroco Vintage. Sleep/dorm socks for my son for Christmas.
I just returned from a 'girlfriend' trip to Asheville, N. C. with Independence Bank. What fun!!! We expected to bring the average age on the bus down by quite a bit (and none of us are spring chickens, believe me!), but it turned out we were all women-of-a-certain-age, with a couple men of the same certain age, and a few darling young couples thrown in. This was most definitely not the over-the-hill-senior-trip we envisioned. There was lots of bus knitting (and I have a new knitting friend-- hi, Joyce!). If you followed the trip with me on Instagram (woolythyme1 on Instagram) you already know all about Biltmore by candlelight, the River Arts district, and the outlet shopping. (Unfortunately, what you don't know is ....me, the I-hate-to-shop shopper... ended up 'winning' the shopper-of-the-trip award. I'm not proud of this.)
But, I digress. Chatting on the phone with my DIL about current sizes while at the Under Armour outlet, I casually asked whether anyone needed sleep/dorm socks. Lucky me got everyone (all seven of them) at lunch, and all I could hear in the background was...'me'!! 'I need some' 'oooh, me, too!' 'yes, yes, yes', and a little 'I want mine pink!'. Yep. That phone call netted me 6 more pairs of socks to make before Christmas.
Christmas knitting. The annual pair of dorm/sleep socks for my son. This year, I picked Skyp socks (SKYP=sl 1, k1, yo, pss over the yo and k stitch). It's a very simple, free pattern (on Ravelry) that creates a subtle texture and provides some interesting knitting. Heaven knows, I need interest to keep me going on these. Big guy = big feet. The dk weight yarn helps, but there is still a whole lot of boring, blue knitting.
I've been trying real hard not to jump into new projects. I'm cleaning up a few oldies and Christmas gift knitting. Wendy Johnson's Leftover cowl, though, has been haunting me for months and months. I have a huge pile of fingering wt wool left over from a long discarded UFO (a question of good yarn, lousy project) that will be perfect for it. I've added to it a growing pile of sock leftovers. I'm ready. I just need to prioritize projects. I bragged to my weekend knitting friends that I've been so good NOT casting on; I'm showing self-control. I'm focused. I have a plan.
I'm reading another book that was on Ann Patchett's recommended reading shelf at Parnassas Books. Mac and Me is about Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. (We toured Hill House while in Scotland and passed several of his buildings in Glasgow.) Lovely little book, well written.
*I head to Asheville in the morning on a girl-friend trip. I'm taking 3 pairs of unfinished socks. That's is. No cowl. Now THAT is self-control.
It officially closed on December 5th when the Christmas tree plopped in front of it. I rescued a few skeins of yarn for some 'wanna-make-real-badlys', but mostly I dug deep and dragged out some old OLD UFOs and a couple of stalled projects. It wouldn't reopen again until December 26th. (I always take down Christmas the day after Christmas except for the Wisemen who hang around the nativity set until Epiphany.) I had exactly 3 weeks. 21 days. (not even a whole month!)
Umaro was the one thing I really wanted to finish because I knew it would take me forever. F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!! I had 8 skeins (210 yd each) left to knit in.....but.....the joy of being a math ignoramous! I must have planned on doubling the yarn when I bought it, but changed my mind when I started it. Maybe this happened. Who knows? Maybe I just screwed up my math. (probably) I started it so long ago I have no idea what I had in mind, but to get to a nice lap blanket size took knitting just an additional 1.75 skeins to what was already done, so....TA-DAH!!!! (I had 6+ skeins I desperately wanted to put IN the stash cupboard but couldn't. I wasn't expecting THAT.)
The rest was pure gravy....
I know this looks like a whole lot of knitting, but let me explain...
Next off the needles had to be hubby's Christmas sweater, and at the closet closure it was only needing sleeves. I had leftover Umaro yarn, so he also got a Windschief hat (since I couldn't put the yarn away, remember?)
There was one skein leftover from his sweater that couldn't get thrown back into the closet, so I made a pair of helmikuu boot toppers for my daughter's stocking (and then forgot to stuff them in...oops; she got them as she was walking out the door on Christmas eve---they had made it to the front table. Talk about a last minute after-thought gift. Phew. No yarn to put back in the cupboard.)
Next was my Favorite things scarf, and once I cut out the offending bulge, I only had about 3 motifs to knit before it was long enough to call it quits. This took almost a year to the day to finish.....with at least 10 months of it stuck in time-out because I couldn't bring myself to fix a mistake. Lesson learned. (which I'll probably promptly forget.)
The little leaf and twig fingerless mitts is a repeat knit...love this little pattern. It takes exactly one 25 gram skein of Spindrift and I was inches away from finishing them when the doors shut, so almost shouldn't count them. But they were finished on the 6th.
One of the flower mitts was finished except for the thumb (what? a thumb takes about 10 rounds of knitting; why is this a big deal to me???), so it didn't take long to finish this up. I think I would love these in a different yarn. I just like them the way they turned out.
So, if you've sort of followed through the photos, you see that I really only made two hats that took any amount of time at all. The Mrs Jekyll and little hyde got two pictures---because it's reversible. First time I did this and it was fun, fun, fun. You knit the band ribbing, double the stitches, then divide them as if you are going to do double-knitting, and basically knit two hats separately. The lacey side is still warm because of the 'lining', the lining side is just happy colored. I love this hat, which made finishing-----
Myrten not quite as much fun. From the get-go I was afraid I didn't choose yarns with enough contrast, and surprisingly enough, the contrast looks better in the photo than it does in real life. It's still blocking. My fair isle hasn't improved much (that was a last-new-year-resolution.....which obviously is going to make the list again this year), so I'll leave the final verdict until it's dry and on my head. It's fair isle, so it'll be warm, anyway.
IF I had been able to get in that closet.....I would have finished hubby's sweater, the mrs. jekyll hat.....
and had a whole bunch of new things started......which I get to start NOW! (I'm planning to close the closet again sometime in June!!)
Dearest, most darling, favorite, loving, compassionate, understanding Sandy Claws,
Here it is, less than a week from the 'BIG DAY' and I have just a couple concerns that I must share with you.
You know that 'list' I keep hearing about? The Naughty and Nice one? That wasn't the big, long piece of paper that I shredded last week, was it? I thought I was just ripping up some more yarn ball bands....I hardly even get yelled at when I munch on those any more; mommy knows it's totally her fault if she leaves them within my reach. And anyway....I have a disease. I can't help myself. 'Paper-chewing-syndrome' is REAL and you can't get mad angry when someone is suffering from a sickness, can you? So, IF that was your 'Naughty and Nice' list that I ate, please be assured that my name was on the 'Nice' side. Trust me on this one, OK?
Next concern....my stocking. In this household, stockings are sort of hung all over the place, and throughout the whole month, things secretly get stuffed in them. I'm quite aware that this is the work of your elves, but I figure you have a direct link to them and you can let them know that THEY HAVE MISSED MY STOCKING!!! It's hanging next to my food dish in the laundry room. I'm sure this has been an oversight (even though my stocking is rather huge---it IS hard to miss; it's the one that has just a little teeny bite out of the toe), but I'm worried none-the-less. So worried that I've been checking it at least 138 times a day and so far....na-da. Nothing. (Even Dick the Dumb Goldfish has something in his stocking.)
Speaking of elves, that brings me to my next concern. We don't have a resident Elf. Just about everyone else I know (Jaybob and the CandyMan to name everyone else I know) has this cute little guy who appears in different places everyday and reports on whether they've been naughty or nice. On second thought, maybe you don't need to send one over.
Instead, let me just TELL you how exceptionally good I've been.
This year we have a really beautiful real outdoor-smelly tree--INSIDE! And I have not pee-peed on it even once. It's covered with stuff, and I haven't removed even one thing. Well, maybe one. Or two. And it totally was not my fault that they broke. And that tinsel just somehow gets on myself, but I think it looks beautiful draped all over the house.
I have NOT eaten any wise men this year. The two remaining ones are safely put out of my reach (so mommy thinks), but if I really wanted to get them I could. Just like I managed to climb on the dining room table last night for the chocolate candy that someone (not mentioning any names lest she find herself on the naughty list, and we all know that I love my mom beyond life itself!!! and don't want her introuble) refused to share with me. (Man can she move FAST when she wants to!!!!)
I've also left baby Jesus alone. (I don't think we reported his rediscovery....he's been AWOL the past two Christmases.) I was NOT responsible for his disappearance.
I have been a helper around the kitchen. (I'm always a helper around the kitchen.) I make sure that anything falling to the floor is immediately slurped up, and when no one is looking, I can make myself very very very tall to sample a cookie cooling. Someone has to make sure they are good enough for everyone else to eat.
I could go on and on about how good I've been, but you get the idea, right?
do you think you could do something about that empty stocking? And maybe throw in a couple presents while you're at it?