Friday, December 4, 2009

What? It's December? WHAT?

For crying out loud, why didn't someone tell me it's December and PRECISELY three weeks until Christmas Day? That means there is less than three weeks to get "everything" done.

Luckily "everything" does not really encompass cleaning the house or trying to find the guest room. Been there, done that. My parents were here over Thanksgiving so the flurry of cleaning took place a couple weeks ago. A little dusting, a little vacuuming and I should be in good shape. Well, maybe it won't be that simple. I did have a little "stash panic" last Sunday and pretty much dumped all my yarn into the middle of the guest room. I guess it was probably a big stash panic. I couldn't find my last two hanks of Shepherd's Wool that I needed to finish my February Lady Cardigan. I knew I stashed them somewhere terribly clever. Somewhere out in the open because I knew I'd be needing them soon (ready to start the sleeves). I searched every nook and cranny in that guest room, and in a fit of disgust, I gave up. I'll show that yarn who's the boss.

It was on the vanity in my bedroom. In plain sight. Out in the open. Ready to be wound into tidy center-pull balls. It sucks when you out-clever yourself. Now I have to deal with the guest room....again.

Is there a lesson here? I don't think so.

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As for what's on my needles at the moment:
  1. As mentioned above, the February Lady cardigan. I'm ready to tackle the sleeves, but I fear it must be put on hold until Christmas.
  2. Intarsia Santa sock that I'm knitting along with the class I'm teaching at Haus of Yarn. I need to get cranking on this one. The last class is Tuesday and I need to be ready to show them how to do the afterthought heel.
  3. Gauge swatch for a pair of Berocco Suede slippers in the holiday issue of Interweave Knits--I'm not if this project will get past the swatch.
  4. Gauge swatch for a shop model I'm knitting for Haus of Yarn out of Ella Rae Silk Bamboo (yarngasmic!)
  5. And another little trifle of a project that shall go without further mention (because it's December).

Plus I'm doing the finishing work for Haus of Yarn customers. I'm seriously doubting my sanity, but I enjoy the work. The project I'm working on now is a sweater knit out of some of the most scrumptious yarns on the market! So, while I can't afford the yarn myself (yet) I can work with it in the finishing process and get a feel for how it handles. It's a win-win!

Purchased stockings. I added the duplicate stitch names.

Sweater knit by Carolyn. I finished the button band. Knit out of Koigu.