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I have felt a little out of it and not very Christmas-y this Christmas season. The holiday knitting has been slow and frustrating, and I feel a bit disconnected from everything. So, here is a picture of my sweet doggie, Ritz.
I took this picture while I was standing on the dock by my parents’ pond. Ritz is trying to climb up (to no avail).
By the way, I finished the Broad St. Mittens. They are great and I have already worn them at least five times. (!!!)
I’m so excited because I’m finally close to completion on some of my WIPs! I’m a very ADD knitter. One serious drawback of this is that I sometimes feel like it takes FOREVER to just finish something.
I’m about 95% done with my Hooray for me Gloves/Broad Street Mittens, and I absolutely love them. I’m not sure if I mentioned them yet; I’ve been kind of embarassed about how many WIPs I have had on the needles lately. Anyway, I’m knitting them in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in the “Birches” colorway. (I have a serious love for this yarn.) As your can see in the picture, I have finished one mitten. The instructions for the mitten shell decreases required quite a bit of tinkering. Here is one of the only blog posts I could find that addressed this problem to my satisfaction. I thought I’d pass it along in case anyone else is having the same problems as me…
The Felted Tapestry Bag is a little more than halfway done with the actual knitting part. After that I must learn/execute duplicate stitch embroidery and say a prayer while I toss hours of hard work into the washing machine to be felted. I really don’t know if I will be able to do it. It’s just. so. scary. When I’m through, it is supposed to look like this:
Last but not least, Mary Ann’s wrap. I’m pretty sure I haven’t mentioned this project for the same reason as the glove/mittens. So here’s the story: My mother-in-law, after I pressured her to tell me what she would like for me to knit for her, requested a wrap. (a very boring one.) It is, in fact, a giant, garter stitch rectangle in Lion Brand Homespun. So I’m being a good daughter-in-law and making exactly what she wants. I’ve found that it isn’t quite as dreadfully boring as I’d initially feared; at least it gives me something to knit when we’re watching movies with the lights off! I tried many times to take a picture of the wrap, but the light has been terrible. So… here is a picture of me being ridiculous with the wrap draped over my head. (I blame the maddened facial expression on my frustration with trying to take a picture of the cursed thing.)
a sample from my recently-completed advanced drawing class. (yay! school is over!)
I call it “Composition at 8:20 pm.”
This was a really fun project once I got over the intense frustration of making the entire hat wrong and having to start over. I was going to give it to Ryan for Christmas, but I’m so excited about finishing it and it looks so pretty I want to give it to him now! I guess I’ll wait, but it’s going to be hard. Maybe I should just go ahead and wrap it as soon as it’s done blocking, that way I can’t change my mind!
The second image shows the finished hat blocking on top the warm dryer (the only place it will ever dry). My first try is beside for comparison. I like my second much bettter. You can’t tell very well from the picture, but the hat on the right is way huge and it isn’t even blocked….
Speaking of Ryan, he has a cold and went to bed at the super-early hour of 8:00. I am amazed.