Xmas is next week and I still have to finish my husband’s sweater – ACK! I am no good with knitting deadlines (terrible actually), but I am hopeful to get this sweater done in time. At the time of this post , I have just finished seaming one shoulder and I swear that I will not go to sleep until I have the other should seamed as well. That leaves only the sleeves and the hoodie to complete and with a bulky yarn, that actually seems plausible to me. (I hope I haven’t just jinxed myself.)
If anything prevents me from finishing this sweater in time it will be my need to Procrastaknit. Because I am trying to keep the final look of this sweater a surprise from my husband until Xmas morning, I casted on a pair of socks to work on when he’s home (and to count towards my 2012 New Year’s Knitting Resolution). But the knitting elves around my house didn’t like that idea so much and gave me a really hard time with winding up the yarn. I am using Dream In Color Smooshy for these socks and on my first attempt to divide the skein into two balls created a tangled mess on my winder. I am not sure how it happened, but it wrapped around the bottom of the winder’s base. To fix that mess I had to recruit the hubby, and together we dealt with the yarn barf that ensued. It took us a few minutes, but we got the yarn under control and I was able to start the 2-at-a-time socks while we watched the newest version of Casino Royale.
As if a new pair of socks weren’t enough to keep me from finishing his sweater, last week I worked on the last beaded row of my lace shawl. This is the pattern I worked on during my cross country drive (I don’t recommend beaded lace projects on roadtrips) and then couldn’t find the beads after unpacking the move. All that’s left to that project is the short row shaping and blocking to show off the lace work. I hope to get this project done in time to wear it to a friend’s wedding on 12/30.
And then all of a sudden, the idea that I should knit something for me to wear on New Year’s Eve popped into my head yesterday afternoon after an unsuccessful shopping trip. I keep thinking of how the New Lace Tunic, a crochet pattern by Lion Brand, would look great in the beautiful yellow yarn I got on my Cross Country Yarn Crawl. And crochet works up quickly, so I can get that done by the 31st, right? If not that, at least a quick cap inspired by the Lion Brand’s Russian Faux Fur Hat (publication is out of print, but you can see it on Ravelry). I am not one for using Fun Fur yarn, but I have a skein of Plume by Prism Yarns, that is just super soft.
Then there are the other two hats that I have in the works. One is for my husband’s colleague who commissioned a cap shaped like a brain. The basic hat is done, now I just have a TON of I-cord to knit and attach to make it look like a brain (new car project). The other is a hat that I want to make for my dad so that he has something to keep him warm while he is in New York in January. Well, I haven’t started on that one yet, but it is on the back of my mind as one that I need to get going on. Thankfully, these two can wait until after the holidays to be completed, I just have to stay focused on this sweater!