Yes. You heard me. There is no whining in this post.... just happy fun feelings about knitting this week. Stepping away from obligations gave me a chance to really throw myself into some fun projects.
Firstly, I proud to announce that the 52nd hat is off the needles and I have fulfilled my resolution to knit a hat a week this year.
I also knit a hat and mitten set for little Jack Ryan over Christmas. Unfortunately he and his parents left for their holiday before I could give it to him, but it's a cute set all the same!
Pattern: My hat pattern and the Frazzled Knits "Wee Baby Mitts"
Christmas this year, was as lovely as ever. My husband bought me a pair of Signature Needle DPNs and I can't wait to try them out! My family decided to give me what I wanted most, and several Pudding gift cards were happily opened from under the tree.
This was, without coincidence, a well timed gift, as my MiL and I went on our third annual boxing day yarn sale EXTRAVAGANZA. (This year we were joined by Anne and Jocelyn who seemed just as enthused about the yarn sales as we were. I say, the more the merrier!) To say that Pudding was mobbed this year is an understatement. Pudding was OVER RUN with knitters looking to score deals, and thankfully they seemed ready for us.
I showed considerable restraint, especially given that I feel like my stash is a bit big-ish right now and needs some culling down. However, a call from my Grandparents on Christmas day did warrant some purchases. (Grandpa wanted to know where his socks were, apparently he wanted a pair.) I decided to pick up the yarn to make both of them pairs, since I didn't really have "their colors" in my stash.
For Grandpa, who wants 'plain' socks, I see another pair of Mr. Pitts in my future with the very manly "Regia 4-fadig Tweed" sock yarn.
For Grandma who didn't ask for socks, but I decided I can't just send along one pair, I picked up some "Online Supersocke 100 - Florida" in a lovely purple color. I haven't decided what pattern I'll make exactly, but I think I'll keep it simple too.
(Kudos to the husband who did a great job capturing the purples in this.) I'm hoping to send these are anniversary gifts to them for their March 17th anniversary. Keeping the pattern simple should make it easier to grind out 2 pairs. (hmmmm... perhaps this could be my Rav-Olympic challange...)
While yarn shopping is fun, it's not the fun I'm alluding to in this post. I'm back knitting the Marlene's, (to which I am perilously close to running out of yarn) and alternating with knitting the Bird in Hand mittens, which have had some troubles of it's own. (But that's a story for another time.) It's fun to work on both projects and see progress. In the background I'm listening to "Craftlit", the podcast for crafter's who like books*.
Craftlit is a GEM of a find, and it's the perfect listening while I knit. She focuses on books that are in the public domain and therefore free to make available to the public. So far I've listened to Pride and Prejudice (LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH) this fall, and now over my holiday I've listened to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and currently making my way through Henry James' Turning of the Screw. Heather is a former school teacher, so each week, along with chapters of the book she talks about some history and key things to listen to, making the story come alive. I loved my English classes in high school and university and I'm having so much fun combining the two hobbies I love- reading and knitting. (As Heather says, "If your hands are too busy to pick up a book, at least you can turn one on.")
*The Podcaster Heather always says this, and it just describes the podcast so well.