Monday, December 31, 2012

Bundle Up!

Winter is here, at least for a while, and I am taking advantage of the opportunity to bundle up in as many wonderful, warm, wool things as I can whenever I have to leave the house.  We have been away from home a lot over the past couple of weeks, but I think next week it should slow down a bit.   
In the midst of all of the busyness and doing things that had to be done, I decided to do something just for fun.  Then I started to have a plan to make a million, (just as I have for most everything this year) but after finishing one Bundle-Up-Bear, I realized they are far too much work for people who may or may not appreciate them.  I love this one and will knit more, but I know they are not the right gift for just anyone.  For right now, this is for me.  

Happy New Year!  Stay Warm!    

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hiding Isn't Working, and It's All I'm Good At

So, I was overwhelmed.  Oh, I had so many great plans and ideas.  I had about a half-dozen nearly finished blog posts all ready to go.  I only had to complete the projects, take photos, and click the publish button.  Of course, four or five crocheted hats, five woven scarves, a woven wrap, the handspun garter stitch scarf, a pair of socks, a pair of mitts, the rest of the blanket I started months ago, a challenging weaving project, some tiny things, and those other ideas that inevitably pop up this time of year take a lot longer to finish than those posts took to write.  Still, I decided that it was totally doable, as most of this is not due until the 29th.  I was making progress, but not finishing anything.  Life kept on happening, and it was not always compatible with crafting.  The next thing I know, the overwhelmed-ness starts, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve to cope and keep me going.  However, it did not take too long before it all devolved into playing Zelda and hiding from everything.  Well, that is not the grownup way to do things, and seeing the progress that my niece was making on her Christmas inspired me to get back on track.  


Saturday, December 08, 2012

And Now, the Knitting

At least that is what will happen with the yarn I just finished. This is the BFL/silk that my sister-in-law asked me to turn into a garter stitch scarf for her.  I do not have to worry about it taxing my brain and can use it to keep my productivity up when I have idle hands and limited motivation or interest.  I just hope the colors play nicely and that I have enough yarn.  If my measuring is accurate, (and that is a rarity when it comes to calculating yardage) I have about 400 yards at about 19 wpi.  I would cross my fingers, but I have too much that I need to do right now.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Matchy-Matchy for Mom

MatchyMatchyForMomI often knit hats, mittens, gloves, or scarves, but it is rare that I make a set.  Partly that is because I do not pay too much attention to whether my clothes or accessories match, and the other part is that it goes against the appeal of knitting such items.  Knitters often make them because they are quick and require only one or two skeins.  That being said, I decided it would be nice to make my mom a matching set for her birthday.  I was not going to go so far as to use the same stitch pattern for everything, but I was going to use the same yarn.  I started with a Calorimetry because she does not wear hats but her ears are sensitive to wind and cold.  Besides, she seemed to like the last one I knit for her, and she needs another one.  Next, I moved on to knit a pair of Fetching for her.  I like this pattern and hope it will help keep her hands warm while letting her fingers stay free.  Then it was time for the scarf, but I did not have quite enough of this yarn to make one.  I considered a cowl, but that is not really her style.  Then I settled on weaving the scarf and adding another color to the warp.  I think it turned out well, and I hope she enjoys them and I know they will keep her warm.