Archive for December, 2012

4 Days Left!

A quick note before I get back to the knitting: felting by hand = the worst back pain… and I’ve gone through labor.

I have three projects left to knit, one that I’m nearly finished with, another pair of felted slippers (because I found felting the first pair to be so enjoyable) and a small shawlette (potentially to be given any time before the New Year).

Though the amount of knitting I have done in the past month and a half has been insane, surprisingly enough, I haven’t found myself stressed. Aiming high and readjusting as time passed seemed to work for me. Not to mention the awesomeness of already giving some of the gifts to coworkers and seeing how happy they were has totally motivated me to keep pushing these last few days.

Tomorrow, we pack up and drive the, roughly, 15 miles to my parents’ where we will be spending Christmas. I will post again after the festivities with a more details regarding each present made.

Happy Holidays!!!

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9 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 1

Projects Complete: 14

Total Presents to Complete: 20

The counts have changed quite a bit to accurately reflect what will actually be completed for Christmas. The three sweaters that the recipients knew about and previously okayed receiving after the holidays have been removed from the count, along with a shawl that has stalled out a bit, and one hat has been added.

The remaining six projects include: two pairs of mitts, two hats (one in progress and to be finished tonight), one pair of slippers and one shawlette.

Each of the hats will take one night. The pairs of mitts and the shawl, I am providing two nights for each. The pair of slippers will take one night, as did the other pair, and the two pairs will be felted together on the 22nd while I work on another project.

This is happening and the chaos hasn’t taken away from my love of the holidays, which is always a plus. I hope your holidays are going well!

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14 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 5

Projects Complete: 10

Total Presents to Complete: 22

Clearly, the holidays are in full swing.  Between Santa visits and holiday parties, finding time just to breathe is getting difficult.  In order to stay on my strict knitting schedule, a quite a few days have passed without an update, and as we get closer to the big day, that might be more common. 

At this point, I have only two people left to knit for so that everyone has at least one knitted present, however small. As long as these last two projects are completed before Christmas, I will be safe.

Here is the current break down of what’s left to complete:

3 sweaters (2 in progress), 2 pairs of mitts, 2 shawls (1 almost done, awaiting more yarn), 2 cowls (1 in progress), 2 pairs of slippers and 1 hat.

Aside from the sweaters, which are allowed to be late, everything should be completed by their due dates… if not actually by Christmas.

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21 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 7

Projects Complete: 6

Total Presents to Complete: 23

Although my numbers haven’t changed, I have been making loads of progress.  One of M’s fingerless mitts is complete, and the other should be finished today or tomorrow.  The shawl I am actively working on only has six more rows of the lace border before moving into the stockinette short row shaping, so this should also be finished tomorrow.  Meanwhile, I have gotten a few more rows of my fathers sweater done. All-in-all, I’m not too bad off.

Another thing to point out, though I have seventeen presents remaining, I am only knitting for twelve people.  I have completed presents for five of the twelve… so as long as I complete seven more projects by Christmas, everyone will have at least one present.  Seven isn’t nearly as bad as seventeen.  So my strategy at this point is to work my way through the presents I need to complete so that everyone on my list has a gift, then I will go back and complete the outstanding presents if there is time.  If not, maybe M and I will just make them a lovely handmade card to go with their gift… and pretend like that’s the same.

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22 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 7

Projects Complete: 6

Total Presents to Complete: 23

I’m struggling.  Not with the idea that I have 17 projects left to complete.  I cannot seem to find the time to knit M’s Christmas presents. I want her to actually be surprised! How do you manage to surprise a three year old that seemingly never sleeps or plays by herself.  And she is aware.  So aware.  Each time she sees me with a new project she asks what I’m making and who it’s for.  I started her mitts last night, when I thought she was sleeping… only to have her walk into my room half asleep.  I was able to quickly throw it under the blanket before taking her back to her bed.  Even just a glimpse of the hot pink yarn would give away that it was finally a present for her.

Since she seems to be refusing to sleep, I am forced to only work on her presents while we are not together.. which leaves me only my lunch break.  I was hoping to have both mitts done tonight, but I only got through the first half of a mitt today.  I might risk pulling it out to finish a mitt and just having other projects next to me to distract her with if she decides sleeping is only for adults – which tends to be her mantra. That is, all adults except, well, me.

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23 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 6

Projects Complete: 6

Total Presents to Complete: 23

After working five hours yesterday, I did not get the normal amount of Saturday knitting complete.  Since my mother was out of town this weekend, M and I opted to stay at the apartment all day today instead of venturing over to my parents’ place for church, brunch and Sunday dinner.  M was lovely and let me knit while playing with her and during movie time.  If that wasn’t enough.. she actually took a nap. My daughter.  Slept.  When the sun was still shining. It was a solid two hours of knitting time.

It was then that I finished the ribbed hat of doom and started seriously working on the Arroyo shawl.  Tonight, the plan is to finish the lace border on the shawl (no I’m not that amazing, it starts with the border) and get to the short row shaping before heading to bed.  I’m hoping to get through the rest of the shawl tomorrow during my lunch break since knitting garter stitch is going to feel like a breeze after all that ribbing!

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24 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 7

Projects Complete: 5

Total Presents to Complete: 23

18 more projects in 24 days.  That’s not entirely accurate, since a few projects are acceptable to gift anytime before the new year, but it is still the goal.  Today, I completed a pair of ribbed fingerless mitts knit in two days.  Let’s just say, the other four pairs will not be ribbed.  2×2 rib slows me down way too much, especially since I knit with my right hand and purl with my left.

My goals for the coming week are:

-Complete the hat I start today… tonight.
-Complete an Arroyo Shawl
-Complete a Pedestrian Crossing Cowl
-Complete a 198 yds of Heaven Shawl
-Knit 3 more inches on my father’s sweater

How do I plan on accomplishing this in a week? The hat and cowl should each be done in a day. The two shawls I plan on completing in two to three days, while the three inches on the sweater will happen throughout the week, whenever I get a spare minute to knit some stockinette.  However, this plan all hinges on me being able to take lunch breaks at work this week… I’ll keep you posted on how well that goes.

Now that we are finally in December, is everyone on board and ready for the holidays?  We have some upcoming holiday events that we are very excited about.  What is getting you pumped and ready for the season?

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