Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

I’m a sucker

December 8, 2010

I told myself no Christmas knitting this year.

Well.. that almost lasted. As of this fateful past Sunday, I decided, well, I guess I should knit something after all. What a (not-so) life altering decision that is.

So on late Sunday evening, we ventured out to the ‘burbs to grab few skeins of yarn from Michael’s and my mis-adventure began.

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It’s a center out baby blanket. I do normally prefer blankets in rectangular shape, but well, I figured this would be easier (just knit in the round, all right sides). Then I realized a huge flaw in this method of knitting – progress of the knitting seems to appear slower as it grows larger. Yes, I know it’s not technically true but it just “seems” slower.

Hopefully I get to finish this within next couple of days. Then onto a pair of convertible gloves (you know, the flip mitten top, with fingerless gloves – WITH fingers) and a matching hat.

I’m not sure why I talked myself into doing it all – especially with twenty days to spare (actually slightly less, since they all need to be finished AND wrapped up before Christmas eve). What can I say – I’m a sucker.

I’ll be better next month, I’m sure…

December 3, 2008

Oh the past two months has flown by, and didn’t even notice.

Ok, that’s a lie. I knew exactly what was going on in past few months.. I just didn’t know exactly what to do about them. Well.. it happens.

Honestly, knitting has been taking a back seat for a while. Didn’t really work on anything much, didn’t really start on anything new. I did manage to finish second Hemlock Ring blanket for Christmas gift. Actually, I finished it in October, but didn’t get to block it until right before Thanksgiving. And still no significant progress on Cyndi’s Slipped Hours pullover… In fact, (I hate to say this, but) this may not get done by Christmas. I mean, it’s not an impossible task, if I just sit down and work on it every evening, but I know it’s not going to happen.

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And for the big announcement portion of this post: We’re moving!

When and where, one might ask. We’re moving to Milwaukee… and before the end of the year. Oh yes, it’s approaching really fast. And have I mentioned that I haven’t even started to pack yet?

So that should semi-explain why I have been out of my mind in past couple of months. Actually, October was just busy at work. Chris just accepted a job offer in early November, and we were just in Milwaukee during Thanksgiving break and found an apartment. (Another added note: this was my first time ever in Milwaukee)

Now I feel a wee bit better after finding a place to live. But still many questions going through my head. What are we going to do with our current place (the actual lease isn’t up until August), how are we going to move all our crap (very carefully?), when and what are we going to do about Christmas gift for people (money of course is an issue, but even with all the money in the world, it still doesn’t help that we have absolutely NO IDEA about gifts), how am I going to find a new job in Wisconsin?

… but I’m pretty sure I’ll feel much better once when I move and settle in. What a way to end a year…..

… yes, I’ll feel better in January. Or so I hope.

It’s really time for bed

December 24, 2007

It’s like 3:30 in the morning, and I’m finally getting ready for bed. I pretty much procrastinated all day and didn’t exactly start wrapping gifts until around midnight but the important thing is, it’s all done now.

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Amongst those boxes are my two finished knitted gifts: a blanket for Bruce, and a scarf for Grandma W.

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Everything is finished, wrapped, and ready to hit the road tomorrow (er, today). Hooray!

Merry Christmas everybody!

All Rusted Root-ed out

November 28, 2007

Rusted Root was in fact all finished in time before Thanksgiving, as planned. In fact, I finished it on Sunday night (or Monday morning, if you’d rather call it that). But I didn’t really take the completely finished and worn garment until… today. So here goes:

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Now for some un-fun afterthoughts:

  • I used Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple which I really liked. Thank you Tania for picking that out for me. And I really enjoyed using the yarn. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about knitting a whole garment with cotton, but surprisingly it was not terribly bad to knit with and it feels pretty fine to wear against the skin. I didn’t realize until I was done with second skein that the yarn was in fact seconds and did not have dyelot on them and each skein differ in color (it wasn’t until it was all knit up that this became noticeable to me) but honestly, I don’t think it looks bad at all. One of the skeins (I think the second one) has more yellow/orange tint to it compared to the other two skeins used. But at the end, I noticed but I don’t think anyone else really did.
  • I got to try out Suzanne’s ebony circular. I really liked the needle itself, however, not so fond on the joints – especially with slightly splitty yarn like Cotton Fleece, it would sometimes get caught which did slow me down a little bit, but the annoyance was at tolerable level, so it’s all good.
  • As for the pattern – it’s an adorable sweater, I’ve wanted to make it ever since I saw it for the first time. However, I don’t think it was necessarily the best pattern for me. Structure and fit-wise, it felt more like it was made for more petite shaped body than.. say, me. Granted, I am pretty small built (relatively speaking) but the shoulder and fit of the armhole was a bit of issue for me – I do have somewhat broad(er) shoulder and big forearm for someone my size and they fit pretty snug (I mean tight, really). And puffy sleeves? That totally didn’t happen either – but then again, I’d look ridiculous with them anyway (big shoulders + puffy sleeves = icky icky). I suppose I could have gone up a size but that would’ve made the garment fit too loose around the chest (that’s even if I decreased more) since I don’t have much of boobs. Maybe if I had to do it again I’d cast on few more stitches in arms only. I don’t see myself knitting it again anytime soon though, if not ever.
  • I made this sweater because it was totally adorable… but… I probably won’t ever knit a short sleeve sweater again. It’s too cold. (but it was too cute)
  • Remembered why I think seamless sweaters are awesome. It’s superfast!
  • When you give yourself a deadline for something, you’re more easily exposed to distractions. I found myself playing hours of FreeCell instead of knitting, or watching stupid movies (namely Idiocracy), or watching same movie twice in a row just because it’s on (namely The Departed, or find some reason(s) to go grocery shopping on daily basis, etc.
  • … and it’s always painful to know that the garment that you made for yourself fits someone else better than you. The sweater fits perfect on one of my coworkers… and I was pretty tempted to give it away except, I rather not.

As for other knitting business, I started on my (possibly) one and only knitted Christmas gift this year.

The strangely sadistic last-minute-hectic knitter in me have once again decided on making a throw for Bruce (though, I think I have mentioned this in previous post).. and I started on it on just this past Monday. I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to finish it, nor that I have any idea how long I want it to be. I just decided to knit it and keep going until I run out of time, run out of yarn, or finally decide on when it’s long “enough”. And I decided to document the “monumental” stages – basically taking a picture of it as I’m done with each skein of yarn. I think Vanna’s Choice is dyelotted yarn, and I just bought bunch, not caring about the dyelot. But strangely enough everything seems a-okay. I haven’t seen any noticeable changes among the skeins, so I guess that’s a plus.

Here’s the progress after one, two, three, and four skeins.

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And it’s still a working progress.

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2006

I think I’m finally ready for Christmas now.

Well, I better be. After all, it’s Christmas Eve today.

All the presents are all wrapped up and ready to go. Actually, I take it back, there are couple of things I have to still wrap up, but that’s what the mornings are for.

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And here’s the recap of all the knitted Christmas gifts I’ve made this year.

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(left to right) Grandma W’s socks, Great Aunt Flo’s socks, Shedir hat for Chris’s mom, bigass afghan for Chris’s parents (even though it’s more for me because their house is so cold all year around!), Elfine’s socks for Grandma S, and Illini stocking for Amanda O.

Boy, am I glad it’s over for now.

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