I’ve been meaning to post for a couple days, but time has escaped me… what with a birthday to celebrate, Christmas-toy wrapping, and general Holiday Hullabaloo, it’s been rather busy. I did finish the Kids’ Mittens just in the nick of time on Christmas Eve.
The green-and-blue pair was made with Cascade 220, the red-and-purple with Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted. I used the Basic Mitten Pattern from Ann Budd’s “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns.” They were discovered first thing in the morning, hanging on the tree, and there was much squeeling and jumping around.
(For anyone keeping track, these mittens make gift numbers 6 and 7 for the Knitting Wars. I have officially finished all my holiday knitting, but I’m willing to keep on for the cause… I’ve got some nearly-F’d O’s in the bag too.)
My other knitted gifts were very well received as well – at home and away – and it was really heart-warming to see/hear the happiness my needles and wool brought about.
Andy has declared his new hat (Shedir) “Perfect!” and has worn it nearly constantly. I consider this a huge accomplishment, since he is very picky about what he will put on his head.
My sister-in-law crocheted me some cotton dishcloths, all the more wonderful because I didn’t even know she crocheted! (I’m hoping I’ve had some influence over her…)
There were some books under the tree, AND the set of Knitpicks Options (metal) circular needles that I’ve been coveting so long.
There was yarn, wonderful yarn… two sweaters worth of Kauni Effectgarn (Er. Santa may have had some assistance in the purchasing of this, but I made sure it was out of sight, if not mind, for the past months.) Also a skein of Araucania sock yarn, color 309, which is a luscious blend of rusts, plums, and golds.
Andy did a wonderful job picking out some spinning fiber for me. It’s 12 ounces from Susan’s Spinning Bunny, one of my all-time favorite dyers. 4 ounces each of her alpaca/silk/merino blend in “Blueberry” and “Tamarack and Spruce,” and 4 ounces of targhee in the “Clemantis” colorway.