So Many Projects

So last week I ordered some fabric. It arrived the other day, and my little helper was very excited to help me open it. And then he asked, “Who is all those people?” Which lets me know I need to bust out the special episode tapes as we enter the holiday season.

Had a little help opening my package. "Who is all those guys?" #fabric #90snick #rugrats

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I’ve drawn a quick flat, mostly to make sure it will look good to cut all the pieces on the bias, since it is quilting fabric and I want it to have some stretch. I like comfy clothes. I think it should turn out well:

Then, there is the issue of Halloween being a month away. One of the boys already has a Harry Potter costume, and now the other big brother has decided he also wants to be Harry Potter. The littles are a little more challenging. One wants to be a “vampire giant tarantula” and the other wants to be “mighty eagle from Angry Birds,” but I think I have those figured out. Just have to actually write a list of what I need to make them.

And, with Halloween only a month away, that means Inktober starts on Saturday. That is my 30 page notebook, which I have gouached the cover of to make 31 pages. Saturday will be creating a cover for it. I’m obviously going to be posting pictures to Instagram every day, but I’m also going to post a round-up here every Friday.

There is one more project that I am also working on. Actually, a few, but this is the first of a mini-series of Christmas presents. And, not meaning to cause panic to anyone making presents for Christmas, there are only 88 days left until Christmas. So I need to get moving on this. Or these. Not panicking. Yet.

2014 Christmas Wrap-Up

Because when better to talk about last Christmas than the second week of the new year.

So, for 2014, I set out to make seven projects. Then I added an eighth. Then I dropped four and only managed to finish three. Official list:

  1. Hat and glove set
  2. Scarf
  3. Shawl
  4. Gloves
  5. Stormtrooper socks
  6. Smaller Stormtrooper socks
  7. Ninja Turtle socks
  8. Smaller Ninja Turtle socks

Outside of the official project list, I sent one grandmother the Haruni shawl I finished back in November. While I like making triangular shawls, turns out I’m not so much a fan of wearing them.

I had a request for Star Wars socks from the five-year-old around October, so I found a chart and started on them. And then they turned into a huge mess, so I started over. By a week until Christmas, I just had to give up to get other things done.

I came up withe the idea for scarves pretty randomly. For one, I knew it just needed to be warm and green, so a long, sock-weight scarf would do.

The other took some Pinterest snooping to come up with the pattern. I saw a plaid gradient triangle scarf in one of the recipient’s boards and decided on a gradient entrelac shawl.

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The last minute addition happened because I could not think of anything to get for the final person on my list. She doesn’t really wear scarves or hats, so I decided gloves would be best. I wandered the local yarn store a while, even though the yarn I eventually picked was what jumped out at me very first.

So three-and-a-half out of eight isn’t bad. That’s not to mention the supplies for another project I picked up and wrapped the night before I gave it to be completed after the new year. Which I just happened to do last week, and you will get to see on Thursday. Can you guess what it is?

The Christmas Project Curse

I swear, there has to be some sort of curse that falls on a project as soon as you decide it needs to be finished on or for Christmas. A project that would normally take a week ends up a taking four, or anything that can possibly go wrong will.

I was reading Cassy’s post about her husband’s sweater she wanted to finish on Christmas and all that had gone wrong and that made me think of all the projects I set out to create for Christmas. One of which is currently resting beside me, still on the needles, because two balls of yarn arrived a week after Christmas. But that’s a story for next week.

This Christmas I had to scrap one project, barely scraped two others together, and gave an IOU on the aforementioned one still on the needles. I only had one present ready a week in advance, and that was because it was one I was supposed to have made last year.

So, perhaps this year I won’t make it a goal to get any specific project done for Christmas. Maybe it’s best to just start projects with a goal to finish eventually, but not a goal to be Christmas presents.

Charting and Ripping

Well, not that kind of ripping. Except maybe a little. Charting increases can get a little frustrating.

Don’t let this picture fool you, either. Ive gotten to, and past, that point at least three times by now. I stopped counting how many times I had to redo it. I keep getting to a certain point and having to rip the whole thing out and start over because I get off in the stitches and can’t figure out where.

This is going to be a Christmas present, so on one hand I have time and on the other I don’t. Once I get done with the crown increases it’s just simple knits and purls. It’s this crown that’s giving me the problem now.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Wrapping Up 2013

It’s completely cliché, but appropriate in this case. That is because I am ending the year with a write-up of my Christmas presents. Ok, not mine (which were approximately 95% coffee-related. I don’t plan on sleeping until 2015 with my new caffeine supply.) but the ones I actually got made.

It never fails, I know Christmas happens at the end of December, yet I always seem to wait until November to start making Christmas presents. I swear one of these years I’m going to start earlier. I make no promises on which year that will be, but one of these years I’m going to do it.

Anyway, on to the presents I managed to finish in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. First up I finished a shawl for one of my grandmothers:

This is also the thing I took the most pictures of:

Thanks to the remote viewfinder app for my camera, I can be my own model:

Next up is a warm little set for a friend, a basket weave hat

and a pair of fingerless mitts.

Here’s how they look on the hand (well, one hand, anyway):

Next up is a cross-stitched iPhone cover for another friend:

Unfortunately, the edges flared out and it became kind of misshapen as you can see in the picture.

Last we have what I’m calling the “Meta Coffee Cup Cozy”

because it is a picture of a coffee mug to go around a morning coffee.

I also gave my other grandmother her half-made scarf with the needle cable still through it and capped at the ends. But I obviously had to take that one back because I am still finishing it. Not bad for starting way too close to Christmas to actually get anything done. Maybe 2014 will be the year I don’t procrastinate on Christmas gifts…

(P.S. – Click on the name of the knitted gifts to go to the Ravelry project page for more information on the item.)

Crunch Time

I’ve hit Christmas apathy. You know, that time between the new, exciting part of the Christmas season and actual Christmas day where you are sick and tired of the songs playing everywhere and just want to get this thing over with already. Yeah, I’m right there. Sick of the holiday baking, decorating, making, and the ridiculous lines at every store, including the grocery store.

I’ve still got quite a number of presents that need to be made. Or replaced by a gift card. I’m steadily giving up on projects because I just don’t care anymore. Doesn’t work so well when you are baking and decorating cookies with a 4-year-old who is just experiencing all the excitement and none of the stress.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the Christmas season and I love giving people gifts. I’m just ready for the day to actually be here so I don’t have to deal with the set up and can just have fun.

WIP Wednesday: Plugging Along

Before you say anything, I know how many days there are until Christmas. I know I am insane for thinking I can make presents for everyone on my list in the next 21 days. Incredibly insane considering I ordered most of the yarns for said projects during the big sale on KnitPicks Saturday and probably won’t see them for at least another week. Although, that does give me time to focus on these

(imagine them about a hands-length now because I was too impatient to wait for my picture to show up in G+)

which are almost at the end of one of three and a half repeats.

I know, I know. Back to work. At least it’s giving me time to catch up on way too many seasons of 19 Kids and Counting on Netflix.

Don’t judge me. 😛