I’m ready.

I’ve done pretty well this Christmas in keeping my eye on things and staying on top of deadlines.  Well, at least better than previous years.  After all, I had all the gifts wrapped before midnight this time and I have actually prepped some of the dishes before Christmas Day.  And I actually finished my mother’s second and final Christmas 2010 knit gift three days ago, so no late night knitting for me.  There’s always room for improvement and next year I will do better, but the best part is this time I’m staying pretty calm despite being the default host every holiday.

About the knitting…..

Well, I made those reading mitts (Susie’s Reading Mitts) for my mother a couple of weeks ago (see previous post).

Then I made my second My So-Called Scarf of 4 skeins of Ornaghi Filati Opera which I made 3″ wide and 103″ (260 cm) loooonnnnggg.  I can’t decide if I like it that long and may rip it out and make it wider and consequently, shorter, but it is rather fun to wrap it around my neck a few times and feel all bundled-up; perfect for chilly morning walks to the bus stop.

Opera makes an interesting pattern on its own, but when applied in a stitch pattern, it’s even more fun to look at.

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Ornaghi Filati Opera
Needles: 12.75 mm / U.S. 17

Then I made my third My So-Called Scarf (sorry if you’re sick of this pattern on my blog), this one for my mother, which I feel rather smug about because I used yarn that she attempted to make a sweater with 17 years ago.

The sweater that never was.

She never finished the sweater, and was halfway through it but lost interest. She still wanted her sweater enough that she passed it on to me to finish for her. This was a bad idea because I never even tried to finish it.  Digging around in my stash I came across the project and with some of the skeins missing, and I thought it would be great fun to make a scarf for her and see if she recognizes the yarn.

Frogged and balled-up.

Halo by Bucilla is nice yarn and super soft with gold-colored threads in it, hence the name “Halo”.  Unfortunately, I washed the scarf, dried, and wrapped it, forgetting to take a picture.  So I’ll have to get a picture of her wearing it later today.

New scarf in progress.

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Bucilla Halo (Discontinued)
Needles: 6.0 mm / U.S. 10

I actually made myself the same sweater she almost made, but with the green version of Halo. I loved it.  I remember it was super soft and super lightweight, but cozy.  I wish I still had that yarn to make a scarf of for myself.

So, if you’ve had enough of My So-Called scarves from me, I have something new but old in the works and from the very first knitting book I had. Stay tuned.

My you have a joy-filled and peace-filled Christmas.


Getting too close for comfort.

With Christmas two weeks away, I’m starting to feel the heat of meeting the big deadline. The Christmas photocard order was placed just a few days ago and won’t arrive until the 15th, which means I’ll be sending cards up through past Christmas. We’ve had the Christmas tree up for 10 days and it has only lights on it. The evergreen tree outside (that so delighted my neighbors when I put white lights and red ornaments on it last year) currently stands unlit with just one set of lights on the top third of it, after throwing my hands up in frustration because I couldn’t reach around the top when I tried decorate it yesterday (you’d think the tree could at least stop growing for once!). All but a few gifts have yet to be determined and no clue in sight, meaning that I’ll probably be wrapping gifts around midnight on Christmas Eve, again. I haven’t ordered the beef tenderloin for our Christmas dinner yet.

On the bright side, I put the Ikea star lights up in the kitchen (my annual fave), at least the inside tree does has lights on it, the stockings are hung on the mantle with care, we have the advent calendars for the kids, and I’ve actually finished knitting a gift for my mom before December 24th!

Pattern: Susie’s Reading Mitts, by Janelle Masters
Yarn: Baby Blatt from Annie Blatt
Needles: 3.75 mm / U.S. 5

The Baby Blatt was leftover from a hat that I made for my son when he was a baby but he never wore because he didn’t like wearing hats.

Baby Hat

[Unfortunately, I can’t find the pattern for the baby hat, but I’m quite certain it’s from Interweave Knits in an issue from about 2001-2004.]

With all the yarn I have stashed around the house, I could have chosen almost anything to use, because I had just 25 grams of Baby Blatt to use. I guess the yarn just spoke to me and I was determined to make mitts for my mother with it. Employing a good kitchen scale and dividing the yarn fairly evenly, the mitts end-up shortened through the cuff, and this should work for her because she doesn’t want something too heavy on the warmth spectrum. That’s one gift down, so many more to go.