Monday, 29 December 2014

Back in the saddle

I love Christmas, but this year the weeks leading up to it were hard.  Joshua was working a ton, I was prepping for hosting Christmas dinner, and we had an awesome vacation, but that meant the work that needed to be done here was squished into way less time than it would have been otherwise.  It was worth it, but the time since Christmas has been great.  We've done to dinner with family, done some relaxing here, played with Caleb and his new toys (the train set is a win), and I've knit.

I've been working on both the blanket (not much to report, it is slowly getting bigger, I still love it, although I'm slowly running out of leftover sock yarn), and the tea cozy.  I'm hoping to have the cozy photographed and for sale before the end of January.  There's not much knitting left to do, it's just at a point that involves math so I have to sit down and give it some minor attention before I can get any further.  I love how it's turning out and can't wait to post pictures. :)

Monday, 22 December 2014

Back in the country and so much to do

We ended up going to Florida for a week, which was majorly last minute but also so absolutely amazing.  While I was there I actually had time to knit, and have been working on an absolutely stunning tea cozy that I am smitten about.  I was worried about how it would work out given that the yarn I picked wasn't totally what I was expecting but it is lovely.  Christmas is in three days and I have a ton of cooking to do but things are shaping up reasonably here. :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Yarn and Toddlers

I love Caleb dearly, but he makes yarn shopping very difficult.  I've bought yarn with the little guy a couple of times and each time I've gotten home and been like "oh, that's not quite what I was looking for."  It seems that having to keep track of a baby/toddler makes me slightly distracted so I pay less attention to things like yardage.  Also, I make funny colour selections when he's around.

All that to say that I bought my yarn for the next project, it's not entirely what I envisioned, but I like it.  I'm a bit nervous about having enough but have thought of a couple ways of dealing with this.  Now I just need to swatch and do some charting, while getting everything ready for Christmas and everything packed for a vacation, on Sunday.  :)

Friday, 5 December 2014

When time disappears

I have been working on Christmas things, slowly, because I have enough time and a reasonable list.  Except in the last couple days six days between now and Christmas disappeared.  Obviously Christmas is the same length of time away, but it seems we'll be flying somewhere far away for 6 of those days and I can't bake or make Christmas presents where I'm going.  (Technically, I could knit Christmas presents while away but all my Christmas knitting is finished.)

The fact that we're probably going away is AMAZING and exciting, and I'm over the moon, but this means that everything has to be ready before we go because when we come back I only have a few days to get things together for Christmas dinner (Did I mention that it's at our place?  And I've never cooked a turkey before?  Or any other whole bird?  Maybe that has something to do with the fact that I'm a vegetarian...)

I have lists and lists and lists of lists.

I can totally do this.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

I miss knitting

I have been working like mad to get an advent calendar done for my husband.  I had the vision for it for a while but somehow time had gotten away from me.  So for the last couple of weeks instead of knitting I was working on this.

The things around the edge are ornaments, and each day we take one off and after doing advent we put it on the tree.  The scripture readings for advent are on the back, and I'm hoping we'll be able to use it for years.

He absolutely loves it and I'm extraordinarily pleased with how it turned out.

I have two more things I need to make for Christmas, and oddly neither of them are knitting projects. I have one sewing project that's well under way and one other thing that I haven't even bought the supplies for (that's on the to-do list for this evening).

Mostly I miss knitting.  The blanket is inching its way along, and I have plans for a tea cozy.  I had the brilliant plan to use some of the money I've made from selling patterns to buy the yarn.  I transferred the money from paypal to my bank and found out that my debit card has been recalled and they're sending me a new one.  So I cannot go and by yarn.  It should arrive soon though, so I'll use the time for planning and for working on these projects so they're as close to done as possible when I finally get to go to the yarn store.  I can hardly wait.