My boyfriend has abandoned me for a hockey tourniment out of town. Well, to be fair, I was supposed to go, but THIS COUGH. I've spent the majority of today doing a Project Runway Season 5 marathon on youtube and knitting away at my Reverb cardigan I started back in November.
I know a lot of you aren't big knitting fans, but you have to admit, you can make some gorgeous garments doing it!
|Fit check! It's not too bad - I'm worried about the sleeves and the width, but I need to trust my math. Despite the fact that Geologist don't do math. Eeep. The colour in this pic is more true, but a little dark still. ARGH CAMERA I HATE YOU.|
No, I didn't get very far in NaKniSweMo. Well, I got as far as the armhole divide, and then everything stalled out for Christmas knitting. Which I should still be working on because I'm not actually done, but screw it. I'm sick and I can knit what I want to!
I'm pleased with what I got done for Christmas though. Aside from the out-of-no-where owl hat for a coworker's daughter, I also finished off two toques for the couple who hosted us for Christmas eve/morning. (They also got most of the salted caramels too.) I thought it was very kind of them to open their home for two people with no local family, and wanted to do something extra for them. I made The Natural Hat (which I made last year as well for a friend) and the Lace Vine Hat. The latter is a new pattern and the first one the creator has released. It's a pretty well-written and a beautiful pattern - my right-before-wrapping-them-up pictures don't do the hat justice.
|Love the textures in this pattern, and it was a quick knit. So fun to watch the lace pattern develop! Colour's off here though.|
|The toque was more of a teal shade, like in this photo, but...deeper, if that makes sense.|
|This toque turned out a little bit too short. The recipient immediately put it on and wouldn't take it off all morning, so I assume he liked it, but it didn't quite go down far enough. Think my tension was a little tighter than normal.|
The Boyfriend and I went out and cut down our own Christmas Tree from the middle of the bush. It was my first time doing that and was so much fun!! Poor thing looks a little scraggly, but honestly it was one of the fullest ones out there. I might've added too many lights to the poor thing - looks sort of like the centre of a galaxy, but at least he's a bright little tree! I made some of the ornaments for it too. Mostly brass bells with ribbons tied on, but I also made this little guy:
I also made a bunch of crocheted snowflakes, but I didn't get them starched in time, and frankly, I forgot about them until just now. Whoops. Oh well, next year.
AND I should probably stop babbling. I will say, though, that I'm stoked to get back into my sewing room (as soon as I dig it out of the Christmas Cleaning Explosion that happened in there AKA where everything that I didn't know what to do with got tossed). I'm forcing myself to cull my wardrobe drastically, and that's made me think about the gaping holes in my closet.
Not the least of all is pants. Might be time to dig these suckers out again.
Hope you all are healthier than me and knitting/crocheting/sewing up a storm this holiday season! Or at least are enjoying your alcohol and merriment with friends and family. Lucky buggers. I'll just be here on my couch, coughing and pouting.