Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wish List

At this time of year, with projects actively being RUSHED, how on earth can I be obsessing about what to do next? I'm a Gemini, what can I say. That's what I always blame my short attention span on. So, what am I going to knit in the new year? Here's how the list is shaping up:

* Something for my cousin Jimmy's baby - these days, someone is always pregnant. My cousin Jimmy's wife is due with a girl in February. And while I swear that I will never do another baby blanket AGAIN (until, you know, I do) I would love to knit her a little sweater, or maybe the Miss Dashwood bonnet which I have been dying to knit since Charlotte was 3 months old.

* Finish Helena for Charlotte, before she outgrows the size I've started. It's in a turquoise colored superwash, I can't remember what it is. A closeout from Webs, in all likelihood. I think it should still fit, because I purposefully knit it big. If not, well, than it will be handed down to my (step)niece B ahead of schedule. Like, after one photo shoot with Charlotte.

* Finally knit the Sam Jackson sweater for Matt. I actually emailed Adrian from ravelry, just to say, "Oh, hey, I had no idea you were local!" and mentioned that I started the sweater once and still owe it to my husband. Now that I've actually mentioned it to the designer, I really feel like I ought to get it done. Matt won't care why, he will actually just be thrilled if I finish it before, say, May 2010.

* Make some accessories for myself! One of the hazards of so much gift-knitting is that I rarely finish something for myself. And of the things I've finished for myself, many were lost during the first great Mothpacalypse (2006-2008). I have one hat and one scarf (the Harry Potter Hufflepuff scarf) still surviving, but I have worn out all my handknit socks and slippers. I'd like to finish one set of wristwarmers I started for myself - they were out of the second Stitch and Bitch book, made out of Noro Kureyon. I finished one in record time, and never did the second. I also would like to finish a lace shawl - I have one started and one that was 1/3 done and eaten by moths.

* I really, really, really need to buy the pattern for the French Press Felted Slippers. (thanks to Steph for starting that obsession!)

* Matt needs another pair of handknit socks. I have lots of yarn.

So, while that looks like a lot, I don't think its unreasonable to expect to get that done by, say, 2012.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Booties did not get done in time, but hopefully I'll be able to finish them in the upcoming week. Starting to look ahead to projects for next year. I'm hoping to finish some sweaters for my kid and some slippers & shawls for myself, and finally get on the Sam Jackson sweater for Matt. I had this yarn from Webs, several hanks of a charcoal-colored merino/Tencel blend from years ago. I think it was an early incarnation of Colrain. It was on deep discount w/o a label because it hadn't taken the dye the way they expected, and it was almost metallic in spots. i loved knitting with it, but I kind of impatiently forced it to get the gauge I wanted on the needles I had available, and that was a bad decision. The cable came out with big open spots, and the needles just didn't feel right. I think I was using my Denise interchangeables.

I guess this is it for now. Making an active effort to blog more, on a lot of fronts.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

holy cow, almost a year later, here i go.

Christmas knitting this year is minimal, but fun:

* To finish by this weekend - two pairs of booties for my step-niece, B. She's 10 months old, and her mom requested another pair of booties, since she grew out of the 2?3? pairs I knit her months and months ago. A pair of sock-yarn multi Mary Janes from my fave vintage pattern, and a light worsted pair of Mary Janes from a booklet. Mary Janes by request.

* Pair of socks, Christmas knitting. Pattern from, yarn from Webs. Details after they are finished & gifted.

* Matching sweaters for my daughter & nephew. Dale pattern, yarn from Details when I have the book in front of me.

Hoping to get more in the habit of posting. I've been knitting pretty continually for the last year, but not really blogging it. Also been dipping my toe back into online communities, and finding that the knitting community is still the warmest and most diverse, and accepting of diversity. More thoughts on that later.