Saturday, December 22, 2007

the most wonderful time of the year?

I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and yes I will say Merry Christmas(although the P.C. police will probably pull me over for that, but what the heck) to all you faithful readers, and everyone else who stumbles upon my weird corner of the universe. I probably won't have the chance or much time to post again this year, but you never do know.

I decided to showcase some flakes on the tree this year, and then realized that I gave away most of the ones I made, so it's a bit of a "Minimalist" theme. Oh well, it's less to take off I suppose.

I'll probably be working on the endless list of WiPs that I have during the festivities, when I'm not baking or cooking or doing any of the other millions things you have to do around this time of the year, two of my current projects are pictured below:

This is a cable & bobble scarf, that when complete is supposed to be for me, but there have already been mentions of it being stolen, so who knows.

And just in time to not be completed for Christmas:

The inevitable nordic Christmas stocking, which is my first official Fair Isle project--fun but time consuming, and of course I find myself overly critical about the stitches and keep unravelling...oh well, perhaps Cee will be able to hang it up next Christmas?

So have a wonderful time with your family and friends, make sure you eat and drink too much, laugh too loud and dance really goofy, but if you see one of these little guys cavorting your way during your merry making,

Perhaps it's time to call a cab.
Ho Ho Ho and all that stuff. See you all next year!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

fair and foul

Okay, so don't laugh...or do laugh, it's completely up to you...I decided the other day to try something I'd been scared to do...don't ask me why, I just figured it was going to be beyond my capabilities as a somewhat new knitter. Anywho, as I was saying, the other day I got it in my head to try something scary, and that something scary-ish was fair isle knitting. Now, I'm not that seasoned a knitter, and from what I can tell, and what I've read and been told, knitting fair isle is usually done in the round, so I took my little chart, (of which I'm also not that experienced in using in either crochet or knit) some yarn and I sat down and here's what came out:

I actually had to look up how to carry yarn across in knitting, because I just had no idea (I can hear those snickers and snorts you know!) I know how to in crochet of course, but...well anyway, I was excited that it turned out--sort of--but wondered if the back side was really supposed to look like this:

And then I said out loud (to myself, 'cause that's what I do) "Oh, I guess that's why fair isle is usually done in the round"...??)

I decided like this fair isle stuff, I just may try it again.

Since our foul weather seems to be sticking around, and because I thought they were just too cute, I knitted myself a pair of the 'Subway Mittens' featured in the Winter 2007 Interweave Knits.

Because you just can never have enough mitts...