Since I’d used up half of the yarn bought for Mum’s Madigan top to knit Dad’s hat and scarf, I decided to steal the remaining half for my own selfish knitting. This way I’ll have an excuse to order another lovely colourway for Mum, and that already makes me happy! Besides after all this scarves and shawls knitting, I realised I haven’t actually made one for myself this year apart from the sort-of-felted scarf. Up till now I’ve been wearing my last year’s cabled shawl almost all the time and while I love it, one is simply not enough for a whole winter ahead of us, right? Plus I wanted something bigger, to be able to cover my shoulders and use it as additional layer over the jumper or cardigan.
The photo shows all my knitted Christmas gifts (except my Aunt’s shawl which had been posted separately earlier) waiting to be wrapped and posted. Somehow I managed to finish the last gift set just on time – and there’s no way I could also knit Mum’s top before tomorrow, so I’m glad I gave up on this idea and spared myself additional stress.
I’m still neck-deep in my Christmas projects. I must’ve miscalculated the time completely, and I don’t know how it happened (where did all the time disappear?!) but I only have one week left to the postage of my package. For bigger parcels to Poland I always use the transport company which not only offers better prices than An Post, but also allows me to send stuff like cosmetics, whereas at the post office they consider them liquids and don’t allow to send them abroad. Anyway, the last day to send the parcel if I want it to be delivered before Christmas is next week. And that means that there’s no way to finish the Madigan top for my Mum – so I’m focused on hats and scarfs only. That’s not really a problem, my Mum gets more of my knits than anyone else anyway, and I have other things for her (and she’ll get her Madigan as well, just later), but I’m surprised at how fast time flies when there’s work to be done!
Well, with little time left I need to keep knitting – only my cats can be lazy all days long! 🙂
My Buttonside Alpaca Jumper is ready! With my enhanced knitting speed and terrible insomnia over the past 10 days, I’ve been able to finish and block it, sew the buttons, and move on to the next projects almost effortlessly. And thankfully today is my last steroid day, as I’m really exhausted from the lack of sleep and unable to focus on anything, which is particularly problematic when I need to work. But certainly the medications did their job, and apart from all these weird side effects I’m doing so much better than ever in the last couple of months that I shouldn’t even really complain. Sometimes we have to choose the lesser evil and enjoy the positive things it provides. So let’s move on to the good stuff!
I really don’t want to turn this blog into my health-related ranting space. I promise that’s not my hidden agenda 😉 But these days are dominated by health and illness issues for me and my life is largely organised around them so it’s difficult to avoid this topic… However, to prove that I’m still all about yarn, above is the sneak peak of my current WIP 😉 And this post is going to end more on a more cheerful note than it starts!
I haven’t done a lot of knitting or crocheting recently. Not really sure why, I think I just needed to slow down a little and take a break. So to get back in the crafty mood again, I decided to crochet a teddy bear, because toys are fun, little projects that don’t take too much time and bring a lot of joy.
My gift making has slowed down significantly recently. In fact, all my yarny projects have. I’ve been dealing with my never ending cold, work deadlines and general apathy. So while I’d finished knitting The Rain Outside shawl for my friend about 2 weeks ago, I couldn’t bring myself to actually write about it or take some acceptable photos.
My plan to make shawls, scarfs and in some cases also matching hats as this year’s Christmas gifts for my loved ones is going smoothly so far. Last week I finished this thing of beauty, Lotus Shawl, by Yumiko Alexander (or DanDoh Design). I bought the Interweave book “Rustic Modern Knits” specifically for this pattern, because I fell in love with it as soon as I first saw it on the book’s cover online, and I knew I had to knit it one day. There are also other lovely patterns in the book and I’m going to knit some of them in the future too. I love Yumiko’s style, playing with textures, and unique way in which she makes vintage style look modern. Her designs are very feminine and flattering. She writes crochet patterns as well and there is a similar book “Rustic modern crochet” written by her.
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