FO’s to Finish the Year

December 31, 2014

It feels like 2014 has been a year of waiting for things to happen that didn’t happen, preparing for events that didn’t come to pass, and goals not achieved as they were out of my power to achieve.  Life has been on hold waiting, decisions have been in suspension until the decision to give up was made.  The decision to give up has not been made, hope springs eternal, even in the face of facts as time.

I have not cleaned the house, I have not finished all my projects, I have not prepared a grand meal or party to welcome the New Year.  I am surviving a sinus/eye/throat/lung infection however, which sometimes is all one can do, plus looking after a daughter and family.  Cooking and cleaning and childcare do not go on hold just because a Mummy is sick.

Fibronerdy shawlI have finished up my December project, featuring a Saskatchewan designer Dollybird Workshop.  I even bought the black Malabrigio lace in Regina years ago.  Glad to have almost 1000 yards out of my stash, and a new warm scarf.  The benefits of this scarf involve long, long sides to wrap around your neck, and a deep enough front to cover up cold noses and chins.

Pointelle SocksAnd a pair of socks!  Yeah me!  This was the oldest yarn on my list, and a beautiful pair of Cookie A socks, Pointelle.  This is BFL yarn from Wooly Wonka, a lovely blend of green and blue colours.  This makes two pairs of socks for the year, which means I reached my goal!

I am over my goal of being under 40 000 yards of stash AGAIN this year, but not as badly as last year.  I will update the stash and report tomorrow!

Knitting for my Bebe

December 13, 2014

Dragon HoodDragon Hood from sideOr rather, knitting completed and rejected by my baby.  I did have one success this year, her “rainbow” hat as she calls it, and she still does like her sparkly hat from last year.  I was inspired to make these dinosaur hoods, as they are so adorable, and Fia does love dinosaurs, especially the MEAT eating ones.  This is the toddler size, and it is small so I have given it away.  I am re-making the pattern in the child size, as it seems I no longer have a toddler but a child.  Which shouldn’t come as a surprise with how fast she runs, no toddling around here.  This is Lion Brand Thick and quick, and I have to admit a fondness for it even though it is acrylic.  The hoods are fun and quick to make.  The same designer has a bear hood that is very popular at the moment that I may attempt next.  I don’t think Fia will wear that, so I may just be making it to give away.

I also made her what I would consider to be a very cool skeleton vest, which she has refused even to try on.  Sigh.  I am torn between keeping this to see if she will wear it in the future, and just giving it away to some deserving child.  Such a cool pattern, it is a free Bernat pattern.  Normally I would be trying to make Fia something for Christmas and her birthday, but this year I am throwing in the towel.  I will wait to make her things when she can ask for them first, which will prevent me from making things she never even puts on.  Of course there is a skirt pattern that looks very cute, and she may like that, or a poncho?  I was thinking of getting her to pick the yarn.  She has interesting tastes, gravitating towards blue, black and white.  Note the shirt she is wearing in the dinosaur photos, grey, and she loves that one.

The advent calendar was a hit, but too much of a hit.  She has been waking up every day at 4:45 am.  I have been exhausted all week from the early wake-up time.  I am really looking forward to the little break over Christmas, I feel like I get really run down this time of year.  So tired.  Later gators.

Skeleton vest

FO: Fernie Hat

December 2, 2014

Fernie hatI finished up my Fernie hat ahead of deadline (who am I?) and wore it out last Sunday, even getting this nifty photo.  It isn’t often a selfie works out, but I like this one.  Mr. J says it looks like I’m up to something, to which I replied “aren’t I always?”.  That hat came out large, so let’s just call it “slouchy” shall we?  The circumference is good, and if I roll the brim up the top will fit as well.  And if I really pull it up by the pom-pom I look like Marge Simpson.  A win all around I say.  The mohair goat yarn is so soft, and non-scratchy on my forehead.  Most wools scratch my skin.  I am busy using up the second ball of yarn in a matching cowl, basically the hat pattern but ribbing instead of decreases to leave it open.  I want something snug around my chin when it gets cold.

Advent CalendarWe started our advent calendar on Sunday night, and so far it is going well.  I started gluing the numbers on the grab bags during Fia’s bathtime, and once she came down and immediately started gluing them on herself I wished I had made this an activity during the day.  She loves gluing things on things it seems.  I had thought the numbers were stickers, but they were not.  Sigh, can’t count on the Dollar Store for anything these days.  I just used the cloth pins I bought to pin the bags to our horizontal (ugly) blinds.  We were talking about hanging a string up, but this was so much easier and it is working well.  Little hands and paws can’t get them easily!  I put decorations in each bag, and the bags divisible by 3 have candy canes in them.  So far Fia is very excited and enjoying the routine of opening a bag each morning.  We talk about how many days left until Christmas, and I think it is helping her visualize it.  Can you see which bag Fia really, really helped with?