The Homestretch

(Nine Days.)

So I’ve still got a lot of things on my knitting table:

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But I’m not . . . super concerned anymore? I’ve got something for everyone on my gifting list, even if I don’t get anything else done. I really want to finish Lily’s sweater before family Christmas stuff, and I would like to finish the grey cowl for Hannah. But even if I don’t get either of them done, Lily can wear the sweater I made her last year and I have a backup cowl I think Hannah will also like.

So I guess my list has turned more into an end-of-the-year goals list.

I finished the body of the green sweater, for Lily!

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Now I’ve just gotta knock out the sleeves. They shouldn’t be too bad, right?

And now I’ve technically started the red sweater, which is the same pattern as the green one. We’re gonna match!

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Some time in the next two weeks (probably shortly after Christmas), I’m gonna make a post about goals for 2017, and I’ll also do a stash update/comparison . . . though I don’t think it will be a very favorable photo…

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Speedbumps

(17 days)

I’ve been trucking along. And while I’ve finished one project and started another, I’ve also run into a problem and had to modify plans a bit.

Here’s my current status:

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That’s two sweaters, a baby blanket, three pairs of socks, a hat and a cowl. Again, the baby blanket isn’t for a particular baby, so while I would like to finish it before the end of the year, it’s not a priority before Christmas.

I had to remove the Rye socks for my dad from my to-do list. I realized that the cast-on is much too tight for him, and I don’t have the time or the willpower to start over at this point. I’ll probably make him a pair of fingerless mitts? Maybe Maize again. I’m kind of bummed about it because matching socks for my dad and stepmom would be so dang cute. I’m probably going to finish the socks in January because they do fit Lily’s legs because she’s about 90 lbs. (That’s not true.)

I also removed the socks for my older sister from the list. I kind of figured I wouldn’t have time to make complicated cabled socks for her before Christmas and I want to avoid handig out IOUs. So instead I’m making her a chunky cowl!

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I’m actually kind of enjoying doing the seed stitch pattern. Changing how I knit has made rib and seed stitch much less awful overall. I still don’t love doing rib, but it’s so much faster now.

Even though I don’t have the buttons attached still, I took some photos of the sweater for my cousin’s baby:

And I also started the hat, but only just:

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Finally, I finished the Mukluk slipper socks for my little sister!

I will hopefully get some better photos on Friday when I can make my friend wear them rather than trying to photograph my own feet.

So it’s coming down to the wire. I am working pretty hard and I think I’ll get most of it done?

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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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