Thursday, December 29, 2011

Are you still holiday knitting?

I'm still finishing my niece's sweater - given to her unfinished in the bag.  Just sewing on the sleeves, doing the smocking and adding the bands.  I've done worse but I can't wait to be finished!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Get a life or Got a life?

I believe this little project:
is what's often derisively referred to as having too much time.  Or, "Man, that lady needs to get a life!"  Today I had the sumptuous pleasure of sitting and making up these cute little critters for my kids for their advent tomorrow.  They'll get the clues out of the advent calendar and then have to find their critters.  The little guys didn't take long at all to make and in fact I made them right in front of my daughter who I didn't think would notice at all but apparently she's been paying attention because she said, "Are those on your Christmas knitting list?"  Hhmph!  I can add something to my list on December 3rd if I want!

And what are the holiday seasons for if not to spend a couple of hours creating something with my own hands that may give my children a chuckle and something warm to squeeze and make faces at.  What are the holidays for if not to sit and crochet and look at the tree while reminiscing over silly things my kids have done and all the ways that I love them.  This is actually, in my opinion, the time of year to slow down and smell the wool.  I don't need to get a life.  I've got a life.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catch Up

Boy do I need to spend some time taking photos and updating my Ravelry projects.  I don't like it when I make something and give it away so fast that I forget to take pictures.  If I had any non-knitting time I'd be a scrapbooker.  I love keeping records. But since I don't have time that I want to spend on it I'm just forever grateful for Ravelry.  What would happen if Ravelry went down?  I'm trying to figure out a way to backup my pages just in case.

I did have a paper scrapbook that I started in the early 90's when I started knitting in earnest.  I'll never forget the colorwork headband that started it all (the knitting - not the scrapbooking).  I had made a scarf, a pair of mittens and one sock that turned out Christmas stocking sized.  Then two things happened that changed my life forever.  I got two magazines.  One was this VK dated 1990.
 I loved several of the sweaters and especially a little legging, sweater, hat set modeled by a little girl who looked to be about 5.  I was absolutely smitten with the idea that I could make beautiful things like these clothes.

The second thing was related to my second knitting magazine ever.  I got a copy of a Knitter's Magazine that had a Peruvian styled, color work headband with ear flaps.  As my husband and I lay in bed to keep warm while reading one night in our $24,000-1910-fixer-upper-home-next-to-the-cemetery-with-no-cable-and-not-much-heat, I showed him the headband and told him how much I liked it.  His reply, which we don't remember verbatim, must have seemed doubtful because my reply, which we do remember verbatim and which is still a catch phrase in our family, was, "I CAN KNIT THAT!"  Which of course means, "Don't throw down that challenge mister because I darn well will do whatever it is that you think I can't do!"  I never did knit that particular headband but I promptly became a capital K Knitter and I've never slowed down save the occasional loss of mojo here or there.

But I digress.  I love looking back into my scrapbook.  I have pictures of sweaters I made when we lived in Colorado which means I have pictures of the houses we lived in in Colorado and the dogs we had there and the xeriscaped yard.  I have pictures of friends I can't even find on Facebook and their kids and the sweaters and blankets I knit for those kids.  I have pictures of the easiest things I've ever knit and the hardest; my favorite patterns and those I would never knit again.  So soon, I need to get the camera out and take pictures of all this Christmas knitting before I give it away.