Showing posts from December, 2016

The In Between

The days in between Christmas and New Year's are always a bit weird. The Christmas tree is still up, but all the presents underneath are opened; Christmas lights sparkle through the skeletal trees as the sun sets at 4.30 PM, but there's a noticeable lack of Christmas music.  I've been enjoying using and showing off my new gifts, but there's a sadness that has descended, as I realize that what has been making me anxious for months is already over, skipped quickly by in one day.

I had a delightful low-key Christmas.  Christmas Eve I spent in the kitchen, making deviled eggs, a raspberry cream cheese coffee cake, and cranberry mimosa cupcakes, none of which I took a picture of, but they were al quite delicious.  Christmas Day was slow and easy, a large portion was spent eating a yummy brunch and opening gifts.  Hand made ones were well received, even if they were given half finished with yarn and a hook attached!
This is what my mom received,

Granny Square Blanket Border #9…

FO Friday: Mad Hatter Project Part I: Basic Norwegian Star Hat

The Mad Hatter Project (I must be mad to think I can knit four hats, among other things, before Christmas) is a quarter of the way complete!  It didn't take me long to knit the first one, and I'm much more confident I can get the three others finished.  Those will be gifts; this was a practice hat, and I'm very glad I decided to test it first!

Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller

Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool Merino in Black and Magnolia
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 6 (4.00 mm)
Size: adult, a bit snug
Date started: November 26, 2016
Date finished: December 5, 2016

I decided to test knit this pattern because the first time I knit Fair Isle it didn't turn out that well.  This time it came out looking great, but my tension was too tight so it's a touch small and doesn't stretch.  I think for the next hat I'll go up two needle sizes for the Fair Isle part.

I also won't knit as much ribbing, maybe an inch and a half instead of two, as this one comes down…

Knitter's Bucket List: Part 3

Welcome to the third installation of the knitter's bucket list.  You can find part 1 here, and part 2 here.

24. Charity knitting.Partially complete.

This is marked as "partially" complete, because I never sent my completed project off.  Fortunately I know where the squares are (knit in 2011!) and the company is still accepting so I am going to send them this year.  The company is Knit-A-Square, a company that strives to keep warm and comfort children orphaned by AIDS in South Africa.

I also plan to knit a few hats for protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline, most notably at Standing Rock.  There is a Standing Rock Hat from Lavanya Patricella and information on Ravelry you can find here.

25. Knitting with soy yarn.Incomplete.

I haven't used it yet, but have two skeins of Patons Soy Wool Stripes in my stash.  (Sadly discontinued.) Remember back in 2006 when everyone was snatching this up to make Calorimetrys?

Since my current hairstyle of choice is space buns, …