We tried to be a little more 'low key' this year since we are moving house in the New Year and there were several reasons to play it cool:
1. We need to keep some money by for moving expenses
2. Certainly do not need any more 'stuff' to pack - we have quite enough 'stuff' already!
On the same theme, I have been extremely proud of myself in terms of finishing up WIPs and using up some stash! I will still have a craft room/office in the new place but not as much storage space - mind you I will have a spectacular view - which might be a little distracting when it comes to office work - crafting not so much......
So firstly.... (from left to right)
These were originally for me but I decided to make them smaller and give them to Flo - honestly the pattern made my eyes hurt since the needles were more like toothpicks! Yarn was Dubai Knits squishy in a fab turquoise. Its a lovely yarn but can be a bit splitty when your DPNS are wooden and getting in need of some filing....... Anyway again they were gratefully received - Flo loves hand knit socks. These were toe up, although I did a much stretchier bind off on one than the other!
Mini Harry Potter Socks
These are made from leftover yarn from my own Harry Potter socks - started for Fred about 2 years ago and then abandoned because I ran out of yarn - duh! So I have been thinking about adding the toe in a different yarn (yes thinking about it for 2 years!) so I actually did it (took me about an hour ...... why oh why did I procrastinate so much!). Socks turned out really cute, but of course now they are a bit small for Fred - he's still cool with them though!
Well this was not really a WIP but it was a stash bust. I had forgotten to cancel my Plucky Knitter club and the yarn was going to my old work address! This was the last one I think - Lollipop Guild - and I adore the colour. I made it for my ex-boss who moved from Dubai to Milan. I love the Wurm pattern - it comes out so well and the band looks so professional, even though its so easy!
These are orange stripy socks made from Lornas Laces sock yarn I bought with the idea of designing a shawl for Halloween - hmmm well that was a disaster - completely the wrong dye pattern for a shawl - it looked hideous, so I frogged that and made Fred some socks which actually fit this time, Did top down, and I really prefer toe up......although with all the praise for the 'afterthought heel' I am hearing, I might do that next time! Anyway Fred is very happy with these since they fit and are in his two favourite colours - and it was a stash bust to boot!
So what else......... well my Arrowtown shawl is nearly finished and I will show you that next time. I love it but its taken a while as its all garter stitch and I wanted a really big cosy shawl and I think this really fits the bill!
I have also started an Adrift from Carol Feller - this is as part of a KAL with the Playful Day podcast group on Ravelry. I am also stash busting this one with Malabrigo lace in a lovely lilac colour which was a present from a former Amira - Lindsey - who has since moved from the UAE back to the US. Cast on was on Christmas Eve and I did about 2" yesterday whilst watching 'The Great Escape' which as all British people know, is very much a Christmas film!!
Well thats all for now - seems my mojo is back!