Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you’ve had a fantastic holiday season and that the new year has started out in a positive way for you. Personally, I had a quite Xmas and an exciting New Year’s Eve, which is just how I like the end of the year to be.
Xmas was just spent at home with my husband, and as you know I was working on a sweater for him as a gift. Despite my knitting marathon, I did not finish his hoodie in time, when we exchanged gifts he ended up receiving a one arm sweater:
That’s just me living up to my blogging name, I am terrible with knitting deadlines! But I did finish it in time for New Year’s Eve, I got that second sleeve done really nicely… except for the cuff. In my excitement to cast-off I did the cuff in a 1×1 ribbing, instead of the 2×1 rib pattern used at the hem and first sleeve. That’s also typical of me, I get so excited to finish off a project that I make stupid mistakes. Thankfully its an easy fix and my husband has a good sense of humor.
His gifts to me were knitting related, the man knows what I like. He got me a little jar that has a little needle-yielding ninja saying “don’t mess with the yarn fund” and a button that says “Working on my PhD (Projects Half Done) in Knitting”. There is also the shoe rack converted to yarn storage, he made it sturdy and cleaned it up nicely for me to be able to store my yarn. I just haven’t gotten to that yet because I am unsure how I want to lay out the yarns in there; part of me wants to put only sock yarn in there, or maybe yarns for which I have projects queued on Ravelry, or just stuff whatever fits! When I come up with the best way to utilize that shelf I’ll be sure to share it.
The other project that I was rushing to finish was the beaded lace shawl to wear to my friend’s wedding on December 30th. I finished on the 28th and was all ready to block it open on the 29th when disaster struck – the yarn snagged in 3 different rows!
I could have cried, but chose to curse instead! After I got over my horror I spent all morning on the 29th with my crochet hook trying my best to pull the stitches back in place in a manner that matched my gauge. Once I completed that, I blocked it and stood over it with a hair dryer to make sure it would be ready for the wedding the next day, and it was!
I know that’s not the best photo to showcase the shawl (I snatched it from my friend’s FB page) I’ll get a close up of it with my camera another time.
I swear that getting these two projects done in time for major events has left me burned out. We are a week into 2013 and I have hardly knitted anything this year. I need to get my knitting mojo back on track and soon!
(End Part 1, decided that this year I gotta keep my posts shorter)