Posts Tagged knit

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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43 Days ’til Christmas

Projects in Progress: 6

Projects Complete: 3

Total Presents to Complete: 26

My goals for crafting presents this year are a bit lofty, but why stop there? I have planned and started a door decoration. That’s a mild way to describe it.  This is no standard wreath or small decorative piece.  This will cover our entire front door.  Every year, my apartment complex has a door decorating contest, the prizes being money to go towards your next month’s rent.  That’s a HUGE incentive.

We did alright last year, but kept the concept very simple using old wrapping paper rolled up and stacked to create the tree and then placed Christmas cards we had received over the last couple of years.  It was nice, but not what I had envisioned.

This year will be different.  Much different.  After buying an unnecessary ton of Red Heart Supersaver yarn in the red and green christmas colors to make M’s stocking three years ago, I have quite a bit left over.  I originally planned to knit the red and green background for my door, but after recently teaching myself to do simple crochet stitches, I’ve decided it will be much faster to crochet the background. After beginning the project last night…. I have the goal to finish the background by Saturday.

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Tired of waiting yet? What’s the big plan?  Well, if you set aside my HORRIBLE drawing skills and use your imagination, you might just see what I’m going for here:

 

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Though it is possible that my 3 year old can draw better than I can, I think you get the gist.  Everything will be knit or crocheted separately and stitched together.  I refuse to do intarsia, so I will be making simple shapes and pieces and make every piece build on another… So not only will it be awesomely handcrafted, but it will still have a very three dimensional feel.
 
Have I mentioned I want this done by Thanksgiving?

 

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