Finished this last week or so but I’m finally getting around to photographing it. The Little Mr’s quilt is done and ready to be wrapped up. ♥
Now I just need to get working on all the rest of the knitting that needs done ASAP.
Well, the holiday season has finally arrived. Our tree is up and while it still doesn’t totally feel very merry right now (to me), the tree is proof that it is, in fact, nearing Christmas.
We put up another little Fraser Fir tree today. There wasn’t the meltdown this year that happened last year. I did, in fact, debate on just putting up the fake tree and calling it done. But today we went out and we bought a little 4-5′ one, just like last year’s size, and brought it home. And, you know? I’m glad I did. The smell and feel of a real tree cannot even remotely compare to a fake. I’m not even bothering to put up the fake tree at all – we don’t need multiples, anyway. And that’s just more to clean up after the season is over.
I tried to keep it fairly toddler-friendly. I have a LOT of glass ornaments that the Little Mr would break. It’s fairly full considering all the non-breakables I do happen to have, but I wish I had more to fill the tree with. I don’t think I did a great job at lighting it – I’m still getting the hang of how to decorate a real tree. Artificial ones are so easy to just bend and move to put branches where you want them. But it is what it is, and nature is perfect in its imperfections so that means my tree is perfect, too.
I have more decorating to do, but I might do that a little at a time over the next week. I’m thankful that I’m not feeling like I was last year – that whole needing to do every little thing because it felt like I had to or the holidays would be ruined and the crying and meltdowns over the holidays not being perfect and whatnot. That said, I am heavily avoiding large portions of the internet this holiday season. Namely, all the holiday crafts. The last thing I need is to get sucked into that feeling again and it’s just best to avoid it all entirely for the sake of my mental health.
Here’s November’s Beanie Bag from Jimmy Beans Wool. Better late than never, I guess (on my part, I mean – I received my shipment in a timely manner this time around).
Left-Right: Shibui Cima in Pollen; Shibui Staccato in Pollen; Shibui Pebble in Pollen; Shibui Maai in Pollen. Extras: packet of soak, with a plastic darning needle taped to the back.
Seriously disappointed in the overall ugliness of this Pollen color and that I ended up with 4 of the same colorway. I mean, I guess it’s nice to see the differences of the colors on the different bases, and I probably wouldn’t care if it wasn’t such an awful color… but yuck, yuck yuck.
Current total of handmade holiday gifts fully and totally completed (meaning ends woven in, seam holes stitched up, etc): zero. New, non-holiday project cast on/started: two.
Total balls of yarn ordered from the Knit Picks sale: 55. Total balls that aren’t actually for me to knit (they’re either for a gift or for teaching some kids to arm knit next week): 31. Years it’ll take before I actually even knit up the 24 I did order: 5. Chances of me losing interest in the projects I ordered yarn for before I get to them: high.
I am, to be fair, quite determined that tonight I’ll finish the binding on the quilt tonight. I have cleaned my craft room in anticipation of it. I’ve decided to forgo the hand stitching and just machine it. Sure, it looks prettier hand stitched… but that requires time to sit and sew it all down. And that time needs to be used for the knitting projects – the husband’s cardigan, mainly.
Thanksgiving is this week. The time crunch is officially here to get projects done and it’ll probably involve some re-evaluating of my list to see what can wait until after the holidays (probably those flannel shirts I want to make for the Little Mr – I have enough fabric to make the next size or two up so it might end up becoming a late winter project instead).
No, I’m not giving up knitting. You can pry my needles out of my cold, dead hands.
I am, however, letting go of more yarn. I did some soul searching, and also a bit of thought about my stash, what I like to knit, what I have time to knit, etc. I then posted yarn to my for sale or trade page on Ravelry and told some sweet online friends to have at it and pick whatever they wanted. Merry Early Giftmas! And, now, 10 skeins of yarn are moving on to other homes where they will be cherished and loved and, more importantly, knit into other things.
My yarn drawers are looking better and better each month between the projects I’m working through and the yarns I’m sending on. Maybe, at this rate, I’ll eventually get to my dream of a zero stash after all?
In other knitting news, next week I’ll be in a cabin in the woods with my knit group. I’m trying to plan what I’ll take with me though that’s quite difficult considering all I wish to accomplish. I tend to be an overachiever, after all, when it comes to the amount of projects I think I can get done. I will be knitting until my fingers bleed, but hopefully I can come home with a project or two finished and feeling like it was a good, productive weekend away. The plan at the moment is to take the Husband’s cardigan, to finish his holiday stocking, and to make the Little Mr a new hat since he’s outgrown the one I made him earlier this year (so much for that pattern being toddler sized… either that or my kid has a big noggin!) I may take my sock needles with me just in case – we’ve started dyeing yarn each year so worst case if I get too bored – or I finish projects quickly – I can throw my yarn in a bag in the dryer and then wind it up and knit it.