Good Morning Everyone!
So, has anyone started their holiday knitting yet? It counts if it's a project you intended to have finished for this year, I'm generous. I am wondering if there is someone out there that seriously starts knitting for next Christmas, NOW. There are plenty that take advantage of sales on greeting cards and gift wrap, but who out there starts knitting? In my opinion it would stem from one of two schools of thought. The first being, the ever annoying planner, the one who has a smug little look on their face, that sense of accomplishment who didn't leave everything to the last minute. Their gifts are wrapped before Thanksgiving and the decorations go up the day after (I secretly hate and admire you lol). The second, my camp, are those that vow to not leave it until the last minute next year, but they do. That frenzied adrenline rush that sucks the fun out of the holidays as you frantically run around like a crazy person wondering why you put yourself through this every single year. I'm sure there are plenty that comfortably fall somewhere in the middle. I'm hardwired to believe that I function best completely under pressure. I simply can't imagine experiencing the holidays without feeling slightly overwhelmed until the 11th hour. My Mimi was the first school of thought, my mother, well...up until 3:00 a.m. wrapping presents. Now that I think about it, perhaps I'm not as bad as I thought, I still don't knit Christmas presents, I'd be committed.
I've been knitting away on my Field Sweater, it sure is pretty but so SLOW!! OMG it's like knitting with an albatross around your neck. The pattern calls for creating grain, one small and one large. The smaller is done by making 3 stitches from one then you get to K3tog tbl two rows later, this is a bit time consuming. Try K5tog tbl when there's mohair involved. I am so thankful to be using my Chiaogoo Lace tips, but it's still super challenging to get ALL of the loops not only onto the needle, but the yarn successfully pulled through (super fun trying to fix that stitch that didn't make it). My cable needle is a 1.5 US DPN, which I've been inserting into these wonderful 5 stitches and twisting in an effort to create a bigger gap in which to shove my needle into. Thankfully, creating the LARGE grains only happens on rows 27 and 41, it has given me a new perspective when knitting the smaller ones, doesn't seem quite so daunting lol, that damn perspective hard at work again. Despite the effort involved, it truly is a gorgeous sweater, I'm hoping to have it finished in time to wear to Washington DC next month, I have two weeks.
I will have more yarn arriving, hopefully this week, Malabrigo Rasta and Rios and with any luck Wonderland Yarn Queen of Hearts. I had a wonderful holiday season thanks to all of you, I couldn't do it without you. I love being able to share my love of yarn and knitting with you and to provide all the beautiful yarns to create your one of a kind projects. A BIG THANK-YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!! Quick reminder that we do have KAL this Saturday, December 30th, 9-11:00, let's see some BIG LOVES!! We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Please remember, if you have a chair, BRING IT! I want to be sure everyone has a place to sit, I can provide (5) chairs, there have been new people showing up which is exciting. Make it a great day and I hope to see you soon!