It has been a few years (I took a knitting hiatus during the first two years of my kids lives since I was latched on to a nursing baby, oh, 23 hours a day), but now I remember the insanity that is Yule knitting. I really admire the people who are smart enough to say NO to this insanity. I think, oh, I'm so cool, I'm going to give handmade gifts and it's going to be great, blahblahblah, and then it's mid-December and I hate everything and I have to keep going on it anyway. Actually, that last part is probably good since it means I won't end up with a closet full of UFOs.
In my least-loved category are the three novelty yarn scarves I am making for my kids' daycare teachers. I'm really glad I'm making them something by hand--they're an important part of our lives--but what was I thinking with the stupid novelty yarn. It's just miserable to knit. When I saw one of these on some web page or other, I thought, oh, one ball, that will be quick and cute and fun to make. Yeah, exactly except for the quick and fun to make part. I do still think they're cute, especially for the three teachers who are relatively young (well, one is my age but more fashionable than I am; and honestly one of the others is really more of a noro type but the sparkly thing will work for her for going out). Anyway, ready to be done with these. And not even halfway there, I might add. Oh, someone put me out of my misery.
The Lopi sweater has been on the backburner for the most part lately, as I thought we wouldn't see the recipient until after Christmas, giving me a few days up at Nana's with other people to entertain the kids so I could feverishly finish it, not to mention the voyage over the river and through the woods (est. time, 4 hours) it takes to get there. But alas, recipient is joining us before Christmas. So I'd better be working on the yoke in the car, not the sleeves, dude. Still, not terribly worried. I'm almost ready to start the sleeves. The yoke should actually be fun, too, and I need some fun knitting. I'm getting a teeny bit bored here. I'm going to put in short rows across the back and shoulders as recommended for yoke sweaters by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts in Knitting in the Old Way. I've noticed that yoke-style sweaters sometimes bind when you try to lift your arms up. Since this is for a carpenter and the idea is that he can wear it to work in the winter, I figure this will be an important thing. I'll let you know how it goes.
Today is mamarhys' birthday (happy birthday, mama!). She received the multidirectional diagonal scarf as a gift (I actually gave her most of her gifts, scrapbooking supplies, on my birthday, as did her mom--long story, don't ask). She loved it. Definitely the right kind of response from a spouse who has just received a handknitted object. I have to say, I kind of love it too. I like the way it looks and I love the pattern. I might need one myself, though after reading this (props to Jenifer for pointing the way to utter brilliance), I think I need to make Clapotis first. But no, no new projects for me. Must. Finish. Stupid. Novelty. Scarves.
Okay, technically, it's still Yule knitting, but I did kinda cast on for one more project. I'm making a hat to go with the MDS. Here it is so far.
This is going to be a mitered "diamond" hat, from Knitter's Summer 2001. Boy, I thought it would be a cinch to find a photo of it online, but the Knitter's site is amazingly disorganized, and I think after 5 minutes of searching I am sure that not only are back issues not available (thankfully I am all set there), but they do NOT have photos of it online either. So you'll just have to wait until I finish it. For the moment, it's still a surprise, but I'm not sure I'll have time to finish it if I don't fess up and work on it in her presence. Now this is a fun one. Spoils me for the misery knitting.
In the midst of all this, I did spin up a couple of samples for Rogue. I'm having slightly second thoughts, worrying that my handspun's "character" will detract from the clean and elegant look of Rogue. My second sample came out pretty nice, though, so it might just work. I think I'll work a small cable (maybe the sleeve edge) in the swatch with that second sample and see how we do. Then the challenge will be to spin 1200 meters of it at the same size. Well, 2400 and then ply them. Should be interesting, huh. But nothing interesting until after Xmas, damn it!
Back to the salt mines. Actually, Rhys is in bed, so I can work on her hat without (much) guilt for neglecting the evil scarves of doom.