Sunday, November 30, 2008

Making Time

There's so much going on these days what with work, the boys, Christmas preparations and Christmas knitting. I'm often in a state of wondering if there will be enough time to get everything done. To prevent myself from spiraling off into a frantic frenzy of fury (I love alliteration!) I have to make time to savour my accomplishments and do something for me.

So, here's the latest gifties I've finished knitting.

Pattern: Musica
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: 4mm
Modification: upsized to fit a big man's hands. Also, removed the lice pattern to make the musical symbols stand out more.

Pattern: Hansa Mittens
Yarn: KnitPicks Palette
Needles: 2.25mm
Modifications: none! It's a perfect pattern. I did have to duplicate stitch over an error. It was quite notifiable, but simple to fix.

Pattern: Argosy
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed
Needles: 5mm
Modifications: knit to fit the yarn I had. It's plenty long enough I think.

Not too shabby eh? And there are a few works in progress that aren't represented here, namely traveling socks and a fun fur scarf. Yes, I knit about one fun fur scarf per year and I enjoy it. But a yearly dose is about all I can handle. It will go on the giftie pile.

What's left for Christmas knits is a pair of slippers for my dad and another set of mittens. But I've rebelled and cast on this festive little number instead:

This is Hey, Teach! in that cotton/acrylic blend that didn't work out as a cabled vest. It is such an incredibly fast knit! I cast on Friday night and I've finished both fronts and started the back. I think I could have this finished in time for our knitter's group Christmas potluck on December 7th. Anyone want to take a bet?

And now, a knitting tragedy. The squeamish should avert their eyes. Jo, read on, I know you can stomach it.

Last week I came home from work and found this sitting on the kitchen counter:

Alex could offer no explanation as to how this happened. With big, round eyes, he loudly proclaimed his innocence and ignorance as to the event that triggered the loss of an entire finger. There was a vague statement to the effect that he didn't know that the thread he pulled was attached to the whole thing. I blanched, and dropped the subject. I really don't want to know how it happened because it won't change the end result.

I think I've decided that he doesn't deserve to have it repaired. Both my boys have complained that their beautiful hand knit gloves let the wind blow through. Ingrates. I can't believe I'm still knitting Luke a pair of socks.

To finish on a happier note, here's Dexter playing in the snow. Not nearly as much fun as Doug's been having (scroll down for the money shot, literally), but more comfortable to watch.


  1. Everything is looking great (well, except for the glove - sigh), and if you just have one pair of slippers and one of mitts to go, you'll make it.

    I did kind of wonder about the cold worthiness of a single layer. I think that's why most mitts are stranded -- double warmth.

  2. I've had that wind-blowing-issue before too. Too bad about the glove. I actually had a request for a pair of those too, to match the that I knit. How about stranded and then felted? That should make for some wind resistent gloves.

  3. I love the triple 'f' frase. I actually think one of the things I love about Christmas is the frantic,
    furious frenzy. Sorry, it's almost a copy.
    Hey Teach has been calling me too. Maybe after the triple 'f' season is over.

  4. Could you seam the finger closed off on the delinquent glove? Probably the easiest repair, with the bonus that he couldn't flip anyone the bird ;o)

    I know single knit gloves aren't the greatest on a really cold and windy winter day. But I love them during the cusp seasons and the less blustery winter days.

  5. Those Hansa Mittens with the Argosy scarf are spectacular! Beautiful job on both and on putting them together!