Well, it looks like I shall finish all the gifts in time for Christmas! I was starting to have serious doubts, I really dropped the ball for awhile there. Truth be told, I was more interested in working on some of my counted cross stitch projects than in knitting or crocheting. Here’s what I’ve gotten photos of so far:
Max & Carol
Minecraft Creeper afghan
I still have two hats, two pair of socks, a dinosaur, and a polar bear to get pics of before they are wrapped up. The stuffed toys are all being given with a coordinating book.
It has been a very busy year for us. After 2 1/2 years of renting out our house (with the possibility of the renter buying it), we decided we couldn’t part with it and have moved back. Needless to say, renters don’t always treat the property very well and there has been a LOT of work to do. Don’t get me started about how I discovered that her teenage son had nearly burned the house down and how they tried to hide the scorched bedroom door.
I did find the time to work on this year’s Christmas gifts for the family.
Daisy afghan for hubby’s mom
Prism rectangular granny
Flowers in the Snow afghan for Mom
Web afghan for newest grandson
There are other projects that I am currently working on. Hard to believe that there is LESS THAN 2 MONTHS until Christmas! I had to ground myself and put my personal projects away so that I can concentrate on finishing the gifts. Most of the grandkids are getting a book with a character (or characters that I make). I got the idea here: Children’s Lit ‘n Knit as well as over at Ravelry.
Here are several of the projects I have finished already this year.
Squishy Soft Cowl
Chocolate and Roses II from swap
“Owl Be There” Hat
The Malya Cowl was knit with yarn that was left over from the Minimalist Cardigan, which was a great way to reduce some stash!
I have designated 2014 as my year of stash diving. I took an honest look at the amount of yarn that I have and when I discovered that I have bought yarn for 10 sweaters, and at least 30 pair of socks, it’s time to use it up! So this year I will knit what I’ve bought.
It seems life thought I may need an extra incentive to knit what I’ve bought….on December 31 I lost my job. So this is the year to use up as much of my stash as possible, and not buy more as I go.
To start this off I chose this ball of Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Farmhouse:
I am knitting a basic pair of socks with this lovely yarn. I plan to cast on for 1 of the 10 sweaters I’ve got planned for the year. If all goes well I should have a nice new wardrobe of sweaters and socks by the end of the year. :)
Life sure has a way of slipping by without your realizing how quickly it has passed. I’ve slacked off on my exercise routine and before I knew it, I stopped working out altogether and gained 14 pounds!
I’ve been making an effort to walk daily, and have become involved with Spark People again. I’m going to ask Santa for a new treadmill for Christmas, even though he recently expressed his opinion of them as being space hogs. With winter coming and the hours I work, it’s dark when I’m able to get out for a walk.
In knitting/crocheting news, I have been busy working on afghan squares. I’ve completed 2 swaps recently and will soon complete the 3rd. 2 of the afghans created through the swaps are intended as gifts. I hope to have pics to post soon. I’ve finished a knit pullover hoodie, just have to sew the casing for the drawstring and it will be completely finished. I also have a crochet sweater pretty much complete with the exception of the button band. Again, I hope to have pics to post soon.
Here are two of my newest creations.
Last night we got just over 6″ of snow. I wish I could stay home and enjoy a snow day, but work I must. :(
Christmas was great! I got to see 2 of the grandkids and am always amazed at how quickly they grow!! Here is little Alexis and his big sister Kelly.
Yes, he is sitting on the door of the dishwasher lol. He’s “helping”. :)