Knitting: Thrifty, by Kelly Brooker, in Drops Nepal.
This red version is for the big boy and I’m now just about to finish the front shaping. After that, only the applied icord edging is left to do.
The little boy’s orange version is already finished (Ravelry notes here).
They chose the yarn for their vests some time before Christmas, but hopefully they still get some wear this winter. I am adding some extra length to both vests so, fingers crossed, they will still fit for the next cold season.
Reading: The Outcast by Sadie Jones, as per recommendation from my Dad. A dramatic start and so far a good read!
Also, the big boy and I read a chapter of The Seven-year-old Wonder Book every night. I wholeheartedly recommend this book; it’s a lovely combination of stories of a little girl and her life throughout her 6th year. She hears a fairy tale like story every day, and at the end of her day she leaves out her “Wonder Book” for the rhyme-elves to leave a picture and a poem over night. It is all very magical, and we both love this book. Sadly, we only have one or two chapters to go!
Inspired by Soulemama.
A bright and peaceful weekend to you all.
I knitted two bobble hats for myself, one Siksak and one improvised one, using that gorgeous chunky purple and blue yarn, hand dyed by Daisy at Devon Sun Yarns and a bit of light grey yarn leftover from other projects.
That’s me done for this winter (ignoring the fact that winter itself seems done for now, and all we have is mild air, grey skies and rain).
I also extended a pair of Kanoko pants (up on the left), that I must have knitted some six years ago, with some ribbing on the cuffs. They have a new lease of life, the little boy has a pair of snuggly pants to wear, and my stash is another 50g lighter.
I read The Husband’s Secret, which my online library catalogue recommended to me when I was searching for something else. It is a good novel, a bit of drama, suspense and crime, and an easy read.
I’ll be off to the library later this afternoon to re-stock on books, if only the rain would let up a little bit…
In 2015, I knitted up 13,643 metres of yarn in 31 projects. 7,168 metres were stash yarn.Twelve shawls, two of which I kept for myself.
This cheerful little stripey thing will be a late birthday gift. It was a project I started before Christmas, using stash yarn. It is finished now, and Ravelry notes can be found here.
Yesterday I emptied my yarn box and took stock. Listing all the yarn in the Stash section on Ravelry is hopefully going to save me digging around the bottom of the box when planning for new projects.
I rang in the new knitting year with a hat for myself. And then cast on another one, just because.
Vests for the boys (from the red and orange yarn on the left), planned before Christmas but put on hold in the general rush of the last month, are next. The cold weather is really only forecast now, so they weren’t missed.
There are a few shawls I am imagining from other yarn in my little stash box, and I am hoping to get the sock knitting mojo back at some point. (I even found 3/4 of a pair of socks in there, started last summer, that surely won’t take long to finish if only I picked up the needles.)
I have a pile of books that were given to me, waiting to be read and I am making a start with a Wallander murder mystery.
Part of my Christmas gifts were a comfy armchair and a cosy pair of slippers – just perfect for chilly evenings with knitting and a book.
Wow, that Christmas break has taken me a bit long!
We had a lovely time with family and friends, quietly slipping into the new year, a little (or rather, big) boy’s birthday celebration, and getting back into school and work routines this January.
I began the year with a good old clear out (one of those where you just mean to tidy the bathroom cupboard a bit, and before you know it you’ve spent two days solely cleaning and sorting out stuff).
I also ruthlessly had a good eight inches cut off my hair, proper new year’s style. I was quite glad to see the back of the past year and look forward to what the new one might bring.
There’ll be more crafts to share soon; I’ve taken stock of my yarn stash and all the potential projects for this year. But more of that next time.
I hope you had a bright beginning, and that 2016 will bring good things your way.
Knitting: secret Christmas gift knitting. I somehow thought it was ages yet until Christmas, but suddenly it’s really only a week! The projects on my needles are not big however, and everything else does not need to be finished by Christmas. The vests I try and knit for the boys every winter always end up being New Year’s vests, somehow.
Reading: old favourites from our Christmas box, and new story books from the library. I am sure I will pick up the other books I started once the Christmas preparations are done.
On the needles: a little girly dress with Noro striped yarn (or maybe it wants to be a jumper. Depending on how long the yarn will last – it’s life on the edge, I tell you).
The orange hat on the right has been finished since taking the picture. My boys have the same size head, and we only have one pompom hat, so obviously we needed a second one for them to fight over!
This hat is the Classic Cuffed Hat (free pattern on Ravelry, notes here), with the new-to-me tubular cast on which is great! It is a lovely knit, and the little boy is super happy with it, mostly due to the fact that the hat is orange (!) and has a pompom.
Reading: The Advent Craft and Activity Book, a wonderful collection of craft ideas, stories and recipes for every day of Advent. I especially like the little chapters on where certain advent traditions originate from, and the delicious recipes.