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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last minute knitting

Christmas is closing in fast, and I'm suddenly aware of all the things that I still need to do.  I haven't baked anywhere near what I'd planned on, and I'm still knitting the Expressions hats for a friend.  I had hoped to knit something for all of my boys in time for Christmas, but it doesn't look like I'll accomplish that.  I did, however, somehow remember that I needed to make a gift for Alex's amazing teacher.  I spent my free time yesterday making this little gem.  It's a pattern called Balls Up (I know, hilarious), and I used scraps from my hexipuff making kit for the colorwork.  I also happened to have some ribbon on hand, which made a very pretty hanger.  Alex took it in to school today, and he looked very pleased with himself.
Now this little pretty?  I knit this for the ornament exchange with my fantastic knitting group, the Knitaholics.  It was my first knitted ornament, and it was a blast.  Took longer than I expected, but the result was worth it.  But what to do with all my free time now that I have a break from school and Christmas vacation is coming?  I'm watching my new boxed set of Peanut's Holiday DVD's, and knitting sweater ornaments.  I hope to use some of my precious handspun yarn to make a mitten for the tree, like the ones that Smoking Hot Needles made.  I'm really excited about these little gems.  I've also got plans to knit some of the ornaments from The Knitter's Almanac.  Ann made a few and they were really beautiful.  And on that note, I'm off to finish this episode of Sherlock and knit this teeny-tiny little sweater.


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