You may not think this looks any different from last week, but let me tell you, I’ve been this far on my scarf twice before. I didn’t like the colour, I didn’t like the stitch, but after knitting this far twice I decided I did like the first version better.
Third time lucky I hope – I’m not planning to start this one a fourth time!
The pattern is the Baktus scarf.
There’s been a lot more knitting in between, some of which I will share soon, but some is very secret indeed.
I started reading The Secret Keeper, but it took me all week just to read the first chapter, so don’t expect much progress from me!
We’ve been smoothing out the creases in the window stars, trying to revive hardened blu tack, looking for those little snowmen that I am sure were in exactly that bag last year… The advent calendar has been filled, three trays of biscuits baked and two and a half trays worth of biscuits have been eaten.
One candle lit every day. Every day, questions answered on when exactly the next one will finally be lit, when oh when.
I have moved my lists from random pieces of paper and notebooks to a notepad.
I need to be able to rip pages off, not just cross things out. Every morning begins with coffee, and the organisation in my head, trying to gauge what I might get done today. Nothing worse than an insurmountable to-do list.
Christmas carols are ringing in my head and I’m loving it. Evenings spent quietly elving away, making Christmas presents for me to give, and other people’s too. Click clack go the needles, a stitch here and there.
What’s still missing is fairy lights. Don’t you love fairy lights? I have an ancient one that is still looking for a home in this our new-ish home(and probably an extension lead). That’s certainly no.1 on tomorrow’s list.
It’s not always easy to conserve the magic amidst the madness of these early days of advent, but I am sure to try my very best.
Happy Advent to you!
This weekend was full of advent preparations, decorations, biscuits baking, stew stewing. There were grey afternoon walks and visitors for tea and cake.
Today the Mr is coming back after four days of solo parenting, so I am looking forward to a long evening catching up.
Weekending with Amanda.
How has yours been?
A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo –
no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.
I couldn’t resist… Our Tomten and fox have brought a lot of playtime and story telling fun to my little man*. I love Astrid Lindgren’s stories all year round, but especially now, when the days get darker and we cuddle a bit closer under the blanket, and sofa afternoons with a pile of stories are perfectly acceptable.
I hope you have a peaceful 1st Advent weekend ahead of you.
*(and now they are available in the shop.)
p.s.: These are the last two days to take advantage of the 15% discount in the Stitch & Purl Etsy shop, simply enter the coupon code THIRTY15 at checkout! x
It’s been a bit of trial and error on my needles lately.
I just about finished a custom order hat before realising that I’d got my numbers wrong somewhere along the way – start again. Luckily hats for little people don’t take too long, and there will always be someone else who needs a small hat.
And after casting on the mammoth 411 shawl stitches last week I started to knit them. Well, I had the best intentions. The pattern recommended a thumb cast-on, which was nice and quick to do, but then such a pain to knit. There was some swearing involved. And then, I got to the middle and saw the thread was broken.
I didn’t cry but I had to eat a lot of ice cream.
I was undecided whether to start over, or try something new. But when I attempted to pull the old stitches of the needle they were so stuck – that was my sign to look for new patterns. Hmpf.
So. I cast on for a Baktus scarf, which is a lovely pattern, easy, straight-forward, economical with your yarn, and free.
But now I don’t like the first shades of turquoise green appearing in that leftover half skein of Noro as much as the next, and also I think I might start over with the stockinette version rather than the seductively easy garter stitch. I’m a bit fussy like that.
I feel like it’ll look a bit more elegant. The scarf is going to be a present, and I think the person is more of a stockinette than a garter kind of person, if you know what I mean..
Oh dear, now I spent all my time writing about knitting – but I did finish my last book by Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover, which was nice enough but still can’t beat my favourite by her.
I’m not sure what to read next – there is still that pile…
Today was a day for list writing. How I love the reassuring nature of lists.
The ever evolving Christmas present list has been written and re-written many times already. Somehow I feel like I am on top of things, as long as my list looks neat.
Today it was time for the ‘to prepare for advent’ list. Most importantly, prepare the advent calendar (I shared a bit about what we put in ours in this post from 2011). I still have to figure out this year’s calendar logistics. Last year the baby was still so tiny, but this year the boys will share. Take turns in opening the bags, share the treats?
Then there are the lists ‘to make’ and ‘to knit’, both for presents and for shop orders. My goal is to buy everything that needs to be bought for presents by the end of this week, so December is for making things (and eating biscuits and singing) and we can avoid the shops as much as possible.
Kaya is most excited about the ‘to bake’ list which we compiled from his instructions, after perusing Christmas biscuit recipes. I have a little recipe booklet I got from a magazine about five years ago, that contains all our favourite go-to recipes, and some fancy ones that are very suitable for gifting as well.
With that list came of course also the shopping list. That we will tackle tomorrow.