Yeah, I know, I missed all the holidays. Summary:
Concert,snow, other concert, two more concerts, snow, Christmas, warm, no snow, New Year’s, snow, cold, snow. And eating in between.
Actually, it was a very nice holiday season – we stayed home this year, and had a nice quiet Christmas, complete with tourtière and bûche de Noël, just the four of us. The visitors who were supposed to come before and after Christmas couldn’t for various reasons, but we had very nice guests who came over New Year’s, and brought their children to entertain my children, and themselves to entertain me. Ecogrrl and Clevermonkey had a great New Year’s party (my new favourite drink is a Manhattan made with one of their homemade maraschino cherries. I made one for myself on the weekend, sans cherry, and it just wasn’t the same. I know what I’m going to be doing with sour cherries this summer!). Mostly we hung out, stayed in our jammies until ridiculously late in the day.
I made stuff:
That was a ‘gadget roll’, made for ecogrrl, who came back for a brief, but very nice, six week stay. She’s back in Ghana until June. I miss our coffee dates already. Anyway, the roll was from a pattern in Stitch Magazine, and fabric I had on hand. Stitch is a special issue of an Interweave quilting publication, and I really hope they decide to make it a regular magazine, because it was fantastic!
I had one Spinrite project come and go. It was a tabard made from brown acrylic. I didn’t know what a tabard was until that project. Turns out it’s a formless, unflattering tunic with built-in short sleeves. I didn’t take pictures.
I worked a little on the Yosemite, and tried another variation of the sleeves, which finally worked, but I wasn’t happy with the cast off, so it went back in the naughty corner for a couple weeks. I finally made a sleeve I’m happy with last night. So I have one left to do, which ought to take me another three months, even though it’s maybe 2 hours of work.
I just now finished the knickers for the Red Cross. They sat, with about 5 cm of seam left to do for two weeks because I made the mistake of putting them down before they were totally done. They are not pretty. But I bet they’re warm! And I can’t try them on, because I haven’t had a waist that small since I was a teenager. So we have to believe they look better on (or not – they’re not meant to be seen, so who cares?).
There was also a hot water bottle cozy. I know, I know, but my house is stupid cold at night, because I keep it at 16 degrees, and I hate sleeping with socks. I finally got hot water bottles for the kids, since I felt vaguely guilty about having one for myself and not them. I decided to try shadow knitting:
Neat, huh? You get the easily customizableness of garter stitch without the endless tedium. I have to make one more (the last hot water bottle is currently being kept cozy with an old t-shirt of Zebula’s). The hearts didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked, but that’s what you get for designing on the fly rather than sketching things out first. Oh, and in case you thought I was cruel for not providing a hot water bottle for Dr. Thingo, he doesn’t believe in them. No, he believes in hogging mine, despite his repeated assurances that he doesn’t need one for himself.
Also, I made a Calorimetry for Zebula:
Way more fun than 2×2 rib deserves to be. Now I want one for me, even though it’ll look goofy with my short hair. And I’ll make one for any long-haired person that pipes up and says they want one – they take only a couple hours to whip up.
I started a new pair of socks, from yarn I purchased from Lofty Fibres at the last Stitch n’ Kitsch. It makes me ridiculously happy to work with something that looks like irises at this time of year. This is my first attempt at making two socks at the same time on one circular needle. And though it feels like it’s taking forever, I like it. I don’t have to remember what I did to the first sock to make it match the second. The pattern is a something I saw on a sock online somewhere, where you alternate a round of k2, p2 ribbing with a round of just knit. I can’t remember where I saw it.
And I have a new project for Spinrite – crochet this time. A cardigan, worked in Bernat Supersaver, a surprisingly nice acrylic to work with. I’d forgotten how fast crochet works up. I made this in less than a week.
While we’re looking at it, can someone explain to me the point of short-sleeved cardigans? Or coats, for that matter? I see them everywhere, and I don’t get it. On the other hand, I’m a fashion disaster, so it could just be beyond my capacity to understand.