An update on Christmas Knitting

Since I decided this year to do almost entirely handmade Christmas gifts (alsdf;afjdsl;j WHAT WAS I THINKING????) I figured that I’d let all of you know how it’s working out for me. I may be a wee smidge behind schedule, but not irretrievably, I hope.

For Dad:

Dad has a grant total of one finished sock (out of two. This is one of those times that I’m really glad I’m not an octopus, though that might mean that I could work on four projects at once..) I feel confident that his present will be done by Christmas.

For Mom:

Mom has one completed mitten. I just finished up the thumb. These mittens are colorwork, so they require a little more attention than most of the other projects. The mitten currently looks wonky as hell, but I’m hoping a good wet blocking will help that considerably. I also want to make Mom a hat, but that may or may not happen by Christmas. I do have some lovely black worsted weight wool set aside just in case.I’m hoping that at least the mittens will be finished.

For smaller brother:

Luke’s hat has been cast on, but I feel like the fish needs one more stripe color, so I have to go get more yarn before I can continue. I have a lovely aqua blue and spring green, but I felt like it needed more contrast, so I’m going to get a heathered navy to take it to the next level. This will, I hope, keep the hat from looking too “girly” (his words not mine) and would also mean that I can make the fish’s tail longer and more ridiculous. This may get finished.

For bigger brother:

Bigger brother is getting a wee knitted elephant. He has already been spoiled with a handmade birthday gift, but I feel like he needs the elephant since it’s his school mascot. This has not been cast on yet, but we’ll see if it gets done. This one is really dependent on my skills, and whether I can figure out the instructions >.< I’ve heard good things about Ysolda Teague thougn.

For Liz:

Liz’s gorgeous cowl is actually nearly finished! and looking BEAUTIFUL. It’s so soft and fuzzy, I covet it for myself.

I will close with pictures of some gorgeous yarn I bought. The bottom two are for little brother’s hat, the top is potentially a surprise gift for Nana, if I can finish it in time.

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The yarns are observing the first really big snowfall of the season, with big fat flakes drifting down. Unfortunately, it all melted.. I really thought it was going to stick this time.

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