It sure has been a nice Christmas. It is so exciting sharing Sasha's first Christmas. I haven't been doing much knitting. I have a Christmas parcel of new projects that was delivered to my husband's work - but not in time for Christmas - boo hoo. Today is his first day back so he will bring it home for me today... *exciting*!! I was getting antsy and not wanting to start on anything big I knit these booties up a few days a go. I think they are pretty cute but she will out-grow them any minute now.
Yesterday we ventured to the mall of all places. As we were walking there my husband jokingly said "It sure is quiet... not many people out... they are probably all at the mall". You know what... he was right...they were. I could not believe the amount of people there and everyone had a bag or two in thier hand. I think most people were buying rather than returning. The sales, the people - it was crazy. We went to Lewis Craft. My husband picked up a few things for some guys he makes and I picked up a couple of balls of merino and sock wool
Patons Classic Wool merino blend
Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply
Last night I did some swatches for some Knitty projects:
I am going to make A capella from this. My MIL gave this wool to me and I love it. It has been sitting around waiting for the perfect project.
With this wool I am going to make some fuzzyfeet... depending on how well it felts. Again this is from my MIL. I also have it in a blue and white stripe. So if all goes well I will make a pair for my husband and me!
I finished the Wee Willie Winkie hat a few days a go and I finished up the teddy bear last night. I also improvised and made teddy a sweater and scarf both in winter white. I am pleased with them both!
Today I am going out all BY MYSELF! My husband is soooo sweet. He has a doctor's appt. today at one. Then he is going to do practically all of the grocery shopping. Then he's coming home to look after Sasha while I do some last minute running around before Christmas. I really appreciate him - he has been a huge help... especially after my caesarean.
The Wee Willie Winky hat is practically done. I love it! I can't wait to see Sasha in it and I can't wait to do up the socks. I must give my teddy bear a face and then I am done with my Christmas knitting. The socks will wait until the New Year because I won't have that ball of black until it's too late. I have told myself this so I can just let it go. There is nothing I can do about it... so I have no reason to stress out... now I have to just relax!!! :)
My Theme Thursday is up and I am rather pleased with it. I had some fun being creative in an Andy-Warhol-Christmas kind of way.
Christmas land is Crushed by the Christmas tree. I found the Christmas tree toppled over and ornaments a scattered. Milo got into some mischief this morning in-between when my husband left for work and when Sasha and I woke up. Milo has been lurking all day... he knows he has been naughty! At least he didn't pee on the tree like last year! We will have a Re-decorating session tonight.
My Mother in Law and Great Mother in Law got all crafty in the summer and made these ornaments. MIL sent some down in our Christmas parcel. This picture doesn't do them justice. They absolutely make our tree. When it is dark and the lights are glowing on the tree they look like glistening icicles. I have to get the instructions from her so when we move into a bigger house and have a bigger tree we have enough to decorate the whole tree.
I didn't get much knitting done this weekend. We spent a day setting up the tree and Christmas land. Did some Christmas cleaning. We wrapped all of the presents. Sasha is making out pretty impressively for her first Christmas. I literally cannot concentrate like I did pre-pregnancy. I hope I won't be frazzled like this the whole rest of my life. I can't read a pattern anymore. I have 34 extra sts on my hat because I didn't do a series of decreases after the initial ribbing. I do not want to frog this. Now I have to find a way of gracefully decreasing the extra stitches at the same time I do the regular decreases. On the good side... the hat will fit Sasha for some time to come.
I am enjoying working on the WWW hat. It is my first time knitting with cotton. I love the way it feels running through my fingers. I do not like it's tendency to slip off the needles though. It has brought me some frustration. I have improvised and wrapped rubber bands around the end of the dpns. I don't have point protectors - I just never needed them before. They would sure come in handy right now. I am so much not in the mood to brave the crowds at the mall -the closest place to pick them up- just for point protectors. We have finished our Christmas shopping and I am all shopped out for now. Speaking of shopping... we have been doing our grocery shopping down at our local IGA. About a month or so back they started giving us coupons for a turkey depending on how much we spent. We managed to get $16.00 worth of coupons. My husband went and picked our Turkey up last Wednesday. We wanted to get one while they still had a selection. He picked up our Turkey for $5.00. Can you believe that? I am really going to enjoy our $5.00 Christmas turkey this year!
Anyhow back to the WWW hat. At 16 cm I start decreasing and I am at 14 cm now. I have to thank Becky and the knitter who posted the link on knitblogs for the tip... Knitting Jogless Stripes in the Round. I never would have figured that out on my own being an amateur knitter and all. It has really made a big improvement in the appearance of the hat. She is so great.
I think I have made all of my changes to my page. Not only an amateur in knitting but Blogger and HTML as well ... I think I did pretty well... especially for not knowing what the heck I am doing. I have lost my archives with the changes but now I will start the New Year with a clean slate and a fresh palette. This is good. Happy Friday and have a good weekend!
Hmmm... I actually copied this post from my other page. I really just wanted to see how it would look here. It is my first Theme Thursday post. I thought I would give it a shot and it ended up being kind of fun, kind of silly... which is still... well, fun.
I have got a good start on the Wee Willie Winky hat this weekend. I am finished the ribbing - it felt like the longest 3cm in the world. Onto 3.25mm needles and things are picking up. I have done a couple of stripes and I am loving the look of the hat so far. I am excited and I love the project so I am sure that it will knit up in a breeze.
Tomorrow morning I am off to finish the Christmas shopping for the out-of-towners while the mall is dead and perhaps the doctor if he can fit me in. After tomorrow's shopping we will be done with shopping with the exception of the food. We have even picked up wine for Christmas and New Year's.
St. Nicholas was generous with chocolates this year. My husband snuck them into wool socks. We chose a little reindeer wrist rattler for Sasha. It was good fun.