Well, I did it. All holiday gifts were completed as of the afternoon of November 30th. I did the happy dance of joy around the living room while BadgerDan gave me a strange look from the office. I spent the rest of the day (and well into the night – I think I went to bed around 3am) wrapping gifts, decorating the living room and updating my projects on Ravelry (not an undaunting task). Here’s a breakdown so that you can understand my happiness.
Gifts completed prior to November 1st:
- Montego Bay Scarf
- Clemetine Shawlette
- Arctic Lace Dishcloths (2)
Gifts completed between November 1st and 30th:
- Super Mitts (3 pairs)
- Fingerless Mitts (1 pair)
- Cabled Headbands (2)
- Swell Hats (2)
- Hot Head Hat
- Sloppy Joe Beret
- Sideways Bobble Hat (sans Bobble)
- Boteh Scarf (Crochet)
- Textures Scarf
- Qiviut Webs Lace Scarf (made in Alpaca Lace)
- Arctic Diamonds Lace Scarf (ditto)
- Double Chocolate Shetland Lace Scarf
- Mitred Triangle Scarf (Snowy Triangle)
- Maple Leaf Socks (1 pair)
- Moccasin Slippers (Crochet) (1 pair)
- Set of 2 Mason Dixon Felted Boxes
What I can share with you is what else I’ve been up to during my gaping void of non-blogging.
I’ve started on the Mystic Waters Shawl and I’m loving it – it is just beautiful (not to mention it’s going to be HUGE!)
Here it is completed to Row 90. I’ve actually finished Clue 1. I went with a different yarn than originally planned – I’m now using Fleece Artist Baby Curls (2000m laceweight) in the “Aegean” colourway on 4mm Addi Turbos. I’m completely smitten as Danny will attest to – I keep bugging him in his office so that he too can bask in it’s sheer gorgeousness.
My Halloween Mystery Shawl (aka “Dracula’s Bride”) is 18 rows short of completion and is what I’ve been working on this week. It’s slow going, but I hope to have it done before Sunday. Here’s the latest photo I have of it after finishing Clue 4.
Next week, I plan on finishing my Swan Lake Stole (aka MS3). I have Clue 4 completed on the second half of the symmetrical version leaving only Clue 5 and the centre joining panel left to do.
My Garter Stitch Jacket got ripped back and started over and is now truly in garter stitch after a few false starts (and making a textures scarf with the proper technique). This is my current “watching TV with the husband” project. [No photos yet – but will add later] I have 7″ of the back done so far and – yet again – can’t say enough about how much I adore Fleece Artist yarns.
My reward project for making my holiday deadline is this:
They are Thrum Socks!
Fleece Artist colourway “Cosmic Dawn” (Handdyed Kid/Handdyed Mohair roving) on 3.25mm needles. I tweaked the pattern a little to work with my sock-knitting style. They are just so neat. Isn’t the “Don King” shot hilarious? Thank heavens that my Knitting Vintage Socks KAL is taking December off as I’ve just started on the October/November sock – “Child’s French Sock” with which I’m bucking tradition and doing in a happy, self-striping Garn Studio’s Fable Superwash that has been calling to me from the stash. The pattern isn’t as fussy as it looks and is actually working for me on the 2.5mm needles, a size that I usually deem too loose.
Hmmm, what else…oh yeah – yarn!
Received from Lisa Souza:
8oz/2500yds of “Wild Things” Superfine Merino Laceweight. OMG – I want to use this as my pillow it’s so soft. Slated for a future Mystery Shawl KAL.
These are from See Jayne Knit‘s site on Etsy and I cannot be happier. Handdyed DK wt Superwash Merino sock yarn “Iguana” (talk about your gut reactions – I saw this on her site and said “mine, mine, mine!”) and some lovely abalone shell stitch markers for my Mystic Waters shawl (when I reach the repeats).
Jayne is a fellow Canuck living in Vancouver, BC who does the most amazing dyejobs – we’re talking Wollmeise “squee” levels. I have no qualms whatsoever giving her a shameless plug:
Go to her blog and meet her absolutely adorable hamsters – or better yet, go to her etsy site and grab up some of her beautiful yarn! (See above for links)
Whew – I think we’re all caught up now. Back to dealing with “finishitis”of the lace variety.