Twenty Two Days

Alright guys, we are 22 days out from Christmas Day. This means I am 22 days from giving gifts to my dad’s side and 23 days from my mom’s side (we’re meeting on Boxing Day because planning around 25 people is hard). This is what I have left:

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There has been some progress! I finished the teeny tiny sweater, though I still have to weave in the ends and fix the buttons on. I also banged out a couple of rows on Lily’s sweater, though I have a lot of work to do on that still, and I started the second mukluk slipper for my sister.

I also started the second pair of Rye socks for my dad!

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I’m most of the way done with the leg of the first sock. I think this is the first time I really noticed how much faster picking is than throwing. I’ve been knitting for eight(?) years, and this is the sixth time I have made this particular pattern and it is by far the fastest it’s gone so far.

Hopefully I can keep up the pace.

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One Week Closer

As of right now, it is 30 days until Christmas.

Here is the current State of the Knitting:

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(Yes hello those are my feet and my messy floor.)

You might notice that it looks much the same as last week, with a couple of distinct differences.

First, two of the projects that were on the table are now not there!

This is a hat for my niece, who just turned three. That head model thing is actually quite small and the hat is indeed toddler sized. This is made from the red bulky weight yarn that was on the back of the table last week.

And then I finally finished these Winter Twilight Mitts!

The only problem is that one of them is noticeably bigger than the other one. This is actually the second time that I have learned this lesson: finish colorwork projects quickly. Otherwise you’ll get better at them halfway through and then the size will change drastically.

Fun fact, though, I only had this much black yarn left at the end:

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(Okay, that’s not 100% true. I did have a backup skein, but this way I didn’t have to crack into it.)

I also made a lot of progress on the wee sweater for my cousin’s kid!

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So now we’re down to twelve.

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A WIP-date

Alright, guys, I took inventory today. I took out all of my WIPs (well, actually, I realized I forgot one as I was uploading my photos) and all of the projects I intend to finish by the end of the year and put them on the table.

They almost didn’t fit.

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That’s 14 projects; seven of them are Christmas gifts, six of them are currently on the needles, and seven of them still need to be started.

As a reminder, Christmas is now 38 days away.

I’m going to introduce all of these lovely not-quite-FO’s to you…

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1 – My Harvest sweater. I have dreams of wearing this to Christmas this year, but we’ll see.

2 – Lily’s Harvest sweater. I’m working on the body and don’t have that long to go on it, it’s just that I actually have to do it.

3 – A pair of thick cabled socks for my mommy for Christmas.

4 – The Malt blanket from The Simple Collection. I don’t have a baby in mind to match this blanket at this point, so it’s kind of a low priority. But I really want to bang it out because holy crap I can’t believe how many people I know got married or engaged this year.

5 – A lonely skein of bulky weight yarn to make a hat for my niece. Her birthday is coming up, and I already made her a pair of tiny fingerless mittens. Red is her favorite color.

 

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6 – A pair of cozy cables socks for my big sister.

7 – More socks, for Lily this time.

8 – Socks yet again, for my dad. They’ll match the pair I made for my stepmom.

9 – A cabled hat; part of the Craftsy winter KAL. I haven’t been able to find any of the patterns on Ravelry though, which is a bit frustrating.

10 – Colorwork fingerless mitts, also part of the Craftsy KAL.

11 – Winter Twilight Mitts for my little sister. I’ve been working on these for . . . a long time. I would love to get them to her this year at Christmas.

12 – A pair of Mukluks slipper-socks for that same sister.

13 – A teeny tiny sweater for my cousin’s (soon-to-be) teeny tiny daughter. It will have a matching hat before it goes off to see them.

14 – My pink lemonade socks. I adore these; I adore how they’re knitting up, and how the colors look, and the pattern, but when it comes down to it, they’re not a Christmas gift and they’re not a quick knit (for me).

That seems doable, right?

…Right?

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Stitchin’ up a Storm

I’ve been trucking through cross stitches recently.

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It’s kind of calming for the most part. And it’s nice to focus on something so small.

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Part of the problem I’m having is that I keep starting projects. It’s still such a new hobby that everything is so exciting.

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But that’s not to say I haven’t finished anything! I did finally finish that Winnie the Pooh project! I also found the earliest photo I have of it in progress, which is dated some time in 2010. I also finished this piece:

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I’ve still got to wash, block, and frame it, but I’m really pleased with it. We’re going to put it in a frame and put it up with our Christmas decorations. Our plan is to put up our tree and decorate on November 14, the day after my birthday. Well, that’s my plan at least. Lily is kind of going along with it as the path of least resistance I think.

I also had a lot of fun organizing all of my floss the other day.

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I’ve actually got a lot more than that, but I keep the floss in my WIP bags until I’m done with it. Maybe that’s not the best way to do it, but I like not having to go into the boxes each time I need a new color.

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Or Yet in Wise Old Ravenclaw…

I finished my Ravenclaw sweater!

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It’s big and cozy and in book-accurate colors (’cause I’m a nerd). It’s also my first full length adult sized sweater, so that’s something to be proud of.

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Of course, as soon as I finished it we had a bit of a heat wave and the temperature refused to drop below about 68 for a couple of weeks. But now that it’s November, it’s cooling down and I can wear it regularly.

I knit it out of RHSS Soft from Michaels. I didn’t want to invest too much money into the thing in case it didn’t work out, and I wanted something washable because I’m not about that life. One thing I’m learning about this yarn (and, as a result, this sweater) is that it’s surprisingly warm. If it’s not actually chilly, it’s too warm to wear it. I’m sure I’ll appreciate this in a few weeks, once we’re into deep fall and have snow on the ground (hopefully), but for now I’m just looking longingly at my sweater…

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Coming Down to it

I’ve been working on a lot of holiday crafting the last couple of weeks. Well, I’ve been working on it all year, but the last couple of weeks especially. This has been interrupted by a wave of babies, though.

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My twin nephews came about a month early, so I had to scramble to finish these guys. I’m pretty happy with the result, although the blue one is inexplicably bigger than the green one, even though I used the same exact materials for them and finished them within a week of each other. Eh.

Now my cousin is having a baby (their first), and I’m gonna make a sweater and a teeny tiny hat for her.

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I’m kind of excited for the stripes on this one. I’ve never done a striped project that doesn’t use self-striping yarn. The hat is going to match the sweater.

I’ve also made a couple of quality-of-knitting-life upgrades recently. My sweetie bought me an Amish-style swift for my birthday (t-five days, btw), so I’ve wound a bunch of skeins that I had laying around. Then I bought myself a real needle case for my interchangeables and I finally picked up a set of the shorts, so I can finally get a 16″ circle with them.

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But like I said, I’ve been working on Christmas stuff a lot. I’ll probably do a check-in post about a month out to take note of how much I have to do, but for now I’m just going to keep trucking away.

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My current Christmas project is a pair of Mukluks, from Tin Can Knits, for my little sister. I’m using two strands of KP Brava worsted held double and I think they’re turning out great. I was kind of worried that the foot would be too big, but once I picked up the stitches and started the leg it fit just fine.

(I’m basing the size on my own foot. It’s very convenient to have the same size feet as my mom and both my sisters.)

I finished a surprising number of things recently, but I don’t want to clog you up with images. I’ll try to get better at blogging each project, and at the very lease I’ll hit them all with my end-of-the-year recap!

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A Little Something New

So, I may have reinvested in a new hobby.

I may have gone down a click-spiral on reddit and ended up on the cross-stitching subreddit. I then may have looked at several pattern websites (including Etsy) and I may have proceeded on down to the craft store and spent some money.

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In the last week, I have been working on these three projects. To be fair, the Winnie the Pooh one is a kit I bought years ago. I don’t know exactly when, but I know that I had it when I was living at my mom’s house because I was concerned about the needle popping through the plastic bag during my first ever move. (Spoiler: it didn’t.) I moved out of my mom’s house . . . five years ago, now? I’d guess I’ve had it closer to seven years, because I think this is the kit I bought when Amanda and Virginia taught me how to put on makeup and then took me to the cross-stitch store in ‘Tonka. Like you do. The fabric is dirty and wrinkled and some of the early stitches are really uneven and kind of sad looking.

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But, in general, I’m happy with it. No idea what I’ll do with it once it’s done. Maybe I’ll save it until one of my friends (or me, I guess) have a kid and it’s a normal nursery-type gift.

My first ever completed project, though, is this wee little Nightmare Before Christmas picture of Jack and Sally.

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This is my first attempt at backstitching, and I think I did a pretty good job!

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I’m also working on one that we’ll put up in our house in a couple of months:

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(Woah that’s a little out of focus. You get the idea.)

It’s gonna be one of them “subversive cross stitch” projects and I am so excited for it you guys.

I decided to finish up a couple of smaller projects before moving on to anything major . . . and I do have some major project plans. You’ll just have to wait and see!

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