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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?