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.