Whew! The Christmas holidays are a crazy ride with five kids in the house. They're excited - they're bored - they're busy - they're sleeping late - they're staying up late - they've got friends over.... blah blah blah. It's wild.
And now the big kids are at their dad's in Texas. Nice breather. I hope they have a nice visit.
In the mean time I have finished something. Or two things. Actually maybe three things. But I only have one in my posession. My first pair of Fetching mitts were gifted to Katie's friend that has done some babysitting for us and has nearly become a member of the family she's here so much. And I did finish the pair of cabled friend socks. My personality of chronic procrastination means that the socks didn't get there quite in time to be gifted (needed to arrive on Dec 22)... they arrived by special delivery - brace yourself - via the U.S. Postal Service - on Christmas Day. Photos of the finished socks worn by the recipient the day after Christmas can be seen at Bliss's blog. I'll probably have photos of the Fetching mitts soon since the recipient is at our house so much lately. I'll definitely be making more of those and tweaking the pattern for fit and non-rolling edges, etc.
What I have finished and in my posession for photos is a Shedir cabled hat for Katie - completely inspired by the awesome photos of the Shedir cap on brooklyntweed. She received it on Christmas day with the needles still in but I made quick work of finishing up. Failure to read the chart properly is a good way to stall out a project when you're rushing to finish by Christmas. I had to say "forgetit" and just wrap it up. I did get back on track, thanks to the well written and clear pattern, and after a wash am thrilled with the results. This is the first adult sized hat I've made and really the first hat I've ever made that came out close to the size I wanted on the first try. After this little cabling exercise I'm wanting to tackle a bigger celtic/aran cabled project. I have a few in mind but we'll have to see what jumps out at me first.
Pattern: Shedir from the Knitty Fall 2004 Special Edition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool - just under one skein (am I the only one who thinks this yarn would make really nice socks?)
Needles: five US3 aluminum double pointed needles
Pattern Modifications: No change in number of stitches; one less repeat of the cable pattern than called for - it would have made the hat too long in this gauge.
Pattern Comments: The pattern was well written, easy to understand - perfectly detailed. The pattern designer made a potentially complicated and difficult design into something easy for the first-time or experienced knitter. She even designed the chart so that you can draw a line through each row number on the repeats so it's nearly impossible to lose your place in the chart. I was so happy to knit this pattern and hope to use it again. As I've noticed around blogland, this is a very versatile design that could be worn by men and women equally well.
Of course I have some Christmas pictures and documented the decorating of sugar cookies but I'm still winding down from the craziness of the holidays. Once I get another FO under my belt (unfinished scarf gifted to Benny with needles still in!) and pick through the pictures on the camera I'll have some pictures to show. AND it was Katie's birthday on Christmas AND it was my and Jeff's 3rd wedding anniversary on Dec 19th so there's more to tell than I have the energy to compose at this point.
Hopefully I'll have myself together enough to dye some wool that I have soaking for my New Years project. The actual January 1 effort will probably be spent spinning while we eat chips and dip (my favorite is homemade salsa and guacamole) and watch college bowl games but that's a good start! The Big Kids come back on Jan 2 at 6pm and start back to school on Wednesday so I might not have another post until after that time.
Bloglines is telling BIG lies again and saying that some people have nearly 40 new posts. As. If. I supposedly have over 700 unread posts to sift through. I really need to wipe away the guilt I feel over clicking "mark all read" and move on. Somehow it feels like I'm filing Bloglines bankruptcy if I do that. I just want to avoid it if possible. I know. I'm weird.
Everyone have a safe and happy New Years if I don't see you or make it around to your blog before then!