Pattern: Cabled Teddy Hat by Marinda Lariz
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby in Solids & Marls in 30044 "Flannel"
Needles: US 6
Notes: The hospital will cut off pom poms and any accessories... including adorable ears... so I couldn't make them. I've made this pattern so much- it always... ALWAYS, looks smashing.
I did run out of yarn for the very last one- and had to join in some extra grey yarn that is obviously not a match, but honestly this slight imperfection bothers me less than I thought it would... so yay!
I also managed to cast on another pair of the Sydanmaa mittens because I decided I really liked them and I wanted a pair. It's so weird to make MYSELF something, but here we are and I'm enjoying it! (Also yay- QUICK!)
AND, I picked up some lovely alpaca/silk blend and I'm planning to cast on a simple pair of arm warmers for my little sis. I'm not going to commit it for Christmas. (I would like them to be for that... but I'm not going to add that kind of pressure to my life right now.)
I love the look of freshly wound "yarn cakes" because they represent what can be, and the glorious knitting time I can have. All of this is alpaca/silk- and it is just so lovely and soft to knit with.
So what's been taking up my time? For one thing... the tree. When we set up the tree this year it wouldn't light. It was a pre-lit tree and despite my best efforts I couldn't figure out what had happened. It became obvious the only answer was to pull off the pre-lit lights, and re-light the tree in a manner so that I could (hopefully) plug in and go next year. I didn't really realize how many lights were going on the tree, until I really took stock of the situation- after I nearly got to the top AND THEY ALL WENT OUT.
I was despondant. I thought I have maybe over-loaded the circuit? This was DAY THREE of lighting it and I was so done. I very nearly pulled off the lights and began again when my Father in Law intervened and calculated the wattage for me and said I should be totally fine. THANK GOODNESS. I managed to find the strand that shorted out- set back to work, split up the strands more... and finally- FINALLY got the tree done. (1,360 lights- it is likely visable from space!)
Now to find a way to keep the cats from wrecking it....
Look how dapper he looks! This year we were invited to the Candy Cane Gala- which conviently had a "Star Wars" theme. All 3 of us were pretty excited. It's basically a family friendly BLACK TIE event with all kinds of activities. I even pet a snake! (I AM SHOCKED at myself!)
Then last night was another Christmas party for husband's company and next week two more parties. I'm hoping in the quiet moments (when I am not obsessing about Christmas shopping) I will be able to fit in a few stitches here and there and continue having some progress to show for.
Hoping to be back a little more often with more stuff to show you!