Wednesday, December 2, 2015

knitting and reading

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Here we are in December, that point in the year where I realize I don't have enough time to get all the handmade presents done that I had planned.  

Honestly, I don't know why I don't start knitting in January for Christmas.  It makes so much sense!  I think that after the holidays, though, I don't want to keep dwelling on Christmas.  I think I will need to change my frame of mind this coming January, and instead of "knitting for Christmas" I will be "knitting for my gift closet."  That seems a little better - maybe.

However, I do still have a few weeks before Christmas, so I think I can make a good go of a couple projects.  


The first up is a gnome doll.  I have knit one for all three of my children, and they all love them, named and played with constantly.  I think that I want to make my newest little niece one as well.  They are pretty quick to knit up, which is good since I haven't even started it yet...

Then my second project I believe will be something for my mom - so mom if you are reading this stop reading now...

I have this lovely pink yarn, and it is so soft and cozy.  I think it will be perfect for some fingerless mitts and either a cowl or some type of headband.  I know that she needs something, and this would be quite warm I believe - good considering Maine's wonderfully warm November is over, and the frigid December temps are moving in.

I have a really basic fingerless mitts pattern that is essentially a 2x1 rib.  I knit it on double pointed needles.  I use a button hole for a thumb hole which seems like the easiest solution when it isn't an actual thumb that I am knitting.  I was actually thinking of making these for my kids as well and then somehow attaching a flap so that it could be turned into mittens, but I'm not sure how I work the thumb - ideas appreciated!

this is a picture of one I knit for myself several years ago - still love this book too!

For the cowl, I love this pattern but this yarn is worsted, and I really am looking for function as well as beauty, and this wouldn't be warm enough...but I could possible alter it to have the same pattern in a heavier weight, maybe?  I also have a pattern for a zig zag cowl, one that I made myself years ago, so I might go in that direction.

Yesterday I received two packages in the mail, both included books!  I am really looking forward to The Golden Braid.  It is a young adult novel, and is a take on Rapunzel.  I love re-tellings of fairy tales, so fun!


And I did want to include a knitting vlog this week, because I have been enjoying others - however, I didn't have time to get one up, but here is my latest daily vlog for your viewing pleasure!

What are you working on this week?  Do you have any warm cowl ideas for me?

24 comments:

  1. Heather I start my Christmas knitting in January still find myself crazy knitting in December.

    I do like the list of your projects. I have made a few flowered headbands using this pattern...

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/northern-girl-headband

    It's quick and easy, but really cute.

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  2. Ooooo love Melanie Dickerson. I don't knit, but my daughter taught herself. I love homemade gifts! They truly are the best.

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  3. I'm not a very good knitter, but some of these make me want to try.

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  4. Colorado must have had Maine's November temperatures. It's been freezing for the past two weeks! We'll take our weather back now!

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  5. It has been soooo long since I knitted or crocheted! I need to start again but - scrapbooking comes first and i barely have time to do that! Ha!

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  6. yes the holidays are sneaking up on us! my to make list is getting shorter and I think I'll make it. I'm just knitting up simple things...hats, socks etc so its going pretty fast. good luck! I love the gnome dolls. my kids are all grown but when I have grands...watch out! So many knits :)

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  7. Oh, I like the idea of just knitting things up for my gift closet... For me it's a gift drawer but I'm wondering if that kind of mindset would help me too. By the time January comes I just want to enjoy knitting for absolutely no reason, haha! I didn't even plan to do handmade gifts and yet here I am trying to push a few out. I did a bit of sewing and find that to be a simpler way to do gifts for me because it's a bit faster. I am knitting up a super bulky cowl that is turning out really cute as a gift for my new sister in law. A couple-hours-long project I can do at this of the year!

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  8. I love handmade gifts. I haven't tried knitting, but I do a lot of needlepoint projects. I would love to learn how to knit.

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  9. For a cowl, have you seen the Honey Cowl? (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/honey-cowl) It is pretty darn thick, but also has visual interest with the slipped stitches. And it works up pretty quickly! The pattern says to use a 3-weight, but I used Caron Simply Soft for one, made the medium size, and it turned out fine (or so I think, ha!).

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  10. I love this cowl it is gorgeous, I got sent a lovely red one in the post and I can't wait to review it!

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  11. I can't wait to see your gnome doll!!

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  12. Knitting seems like it would be a nice way to de-stress after a long day. I wish I knew how! I love the cowl!

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  13. eventually i will learn how to know. it's been on my list to learn how to do & there are so many cute things to make! ;)

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  14. All of those look so fuzzy and warm. Hope you're having a fun winter....

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  15. My mother and my sister can both knit and crotchet. I got zero talent there. lol But, I am amazed by how quickly people can make things!

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  16. Oh - I love retelling of fairy tales, too! I need to check out the Golden Braid. My grandmother passed away a dozen years ago I LOVE that I can still curl up in one of the many afghans that she crocheted for me. <3

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  17. I've gotten a late start on my gift knitting, as well. Currently I have a wine cozy on the needles and a doll sweater yet to cast on. Thankfully both should be doable by the end of the weekend (though I'm wishing I'd brought the wine cozy with me to work on during my lunch break). For the "thumb mitten" quandary, I'd probably pick up and knit a small thumb sleeve at the button hole and make a mini flap for the thumb itself.

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  18. I always wished I had learned how to knot. I took my daughters to a kids knitting group and they picked it right up - me - bumble fingers! I wish I could make my own finger less gloves!

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  19. My son loves knitting (and he is 13)! They taught him this year in home arts and all I want for Christmas is a hat. He has started, but he has a hard time making it a priority (instead of playing video games). I'm hopeful he will find time to make one for myself and his dad because I would much rather have home made gifts from the heart than anything else. Good on you for making homemade gifts!

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  20. Awww... I would love to see you gnomes! They sound really cute!

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  21. I really admire those who can knit, sew, and the like. I really wish that I had skills in those areas because really the sky is the limit. Love the colors of yarn you have featured here.

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  22. I can sew but can't knit to save my life. I want to see the gnomes!!

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  23. I like your idea of having a "gift stash" made! I have been deciding on person after person I would like to make something for and while I have a few patterns that are really quick, they aren't quick enough to keep up with my ideas. Knitted gifts are so meaningful.
    I love your fingerless gloves. My daughter rides horses and I want to make her several pairs for the barn - I just have to finish my Christmas knitting firs!

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  24. Good for you. I know what it's like with best laid plans! I'm always a planner and a optimist first then reality kicks in. Love the idea of a gift closet though to add to throughout the year when you do have the time. Best of luck. :)

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