Friday, December 22, 2006

Crunch Time

Well, I am now at that time that in college was refered to as "crunch time". Last Christmas I experienced this to some degree but since it was my first holiday knitting season and no one really took my knitting seriously expectations were low to non-existant. Never-the-less, I managed to make 6 sweaters, a poncho, and at least a dozen scarves of various designs.

Wow, looking at that last paragraph I am wondering how I did that! Although I do have to say, the sweaters were all simple drop shoulder designs knit with 2 strands of Lion brand Wool-ease on size 13 needles (I think). They were simple stripe designs and I was so amazingly naive that I just flew through them.

This year I have finished:

Baby blanket for baby Bender (he was born 10/10 but they are now out of the country until after the new it sorta counts for Christmas but turns out didn't quite need to be so rushed...God knows I didn't have it done close to his birthday...oh, well.)

Baby bib (does a project count if it takes 2 hours or less to do start to finish?)

3 dish clothes (another one is about 1/2 done and probably will only take a couple of hours to finish)

3 hats (I already gave away 2 others I had done when my Mom and Niece showed interest...note to self, must remember to resist the urge to give finished objects away so close to Christmas!)

Sweater vest I designed and knit in a day for Carter (see note to self above and do NOT give anything else to Carter before Christmas!)

5 pairs of socks

I still have 2 1/2 socks to knit in 3 days.

Then, there is the hoodie for Carter that I know he wants to get for Christmas. I think if I finish it before he goes back to school after New Years he should be happy. I try to make whatever he asks since he is the only one to really request anything specific. I kind of like being able to accomodate a garment request with my own original designs.

I have given up all thoughts of even attempting to finish the Harlot Snow Drop Shawl since I am maybe half way done. I have likewise given up on the Buzzy scarf/shawl.

I did manage to make one of the hats I had designed in my head. I have also made one matching mitten. Now, I just need to make a mate for the mitten and finish the scarf that was the inspiration.

I will take pictures of everything before I gift them away.....

Happy Holidays to all. May your life be filled with soft yarn, quick needles, and error free knitting. Most importantly, may you and your find yourselves surrounded by loving family and friends and may you be healthy and safe.

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