Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday Knitting

If you have an eagle eye for fiber you may notice one of my sister's hooked wool rugs hanging on the wall. They are beautiful. She has bins of wool collected from thrift stores; some of it she has dyed herself. It was fun looking through her wool stash.

After Christmas dinner we gathered in the living room at her house to open a few gifts from my parents to the grandsons. I was binding off the picot edge on Ysolda's Scroll Lace Scarf. The picot edge is flipping over, which might not be a terrible thing. I think I would make the body of this scarf in garter stitch next time. The lace section is beautiful and easy to memorize. The scarf only took about 5 days from start to finish. I'll post photos here and on Ravelry as soon as I block it. (The guest beds are available now for blocking) In the photo I am wearing Damson, also by Ysolda. I will get some proper photos of this project up soon.

A few weeks ago I knitted felted trees from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. Sarah had made some as gifts and she said they were addictive. They were rather fun although I couldn't quite find other colors that I liked to go in the forest. I only made the small and medium size trees. This was one of the rare occasions that I actually used the wool called for in the pattern as my LYS Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL carried it. Berocco Ulra Alpaca felts like a dream. One time through my front loader and these babies were felted tight. Since they are stuffed with plastic bags (there is no bottom in the trees) they are easy to store as holiday decorations go.

This week between Christmas and New Year's is my favorite week of the year. I lose track of the days. It is quiet and there is time to relax, knit, and read. I haven't left the house (except to walk) in 3 days and I don't even care. I hope you are enjoying yourself as well.

1 comment:

KPiep said...

I love the trees!

I'm envious of your peaceful week. The week between Christmas and New Years is now the week when my in-laws come for their visit, bringing my neice and nephew and a whole lot of chaos. They stay with my MIL and FIL, but we're with them almost constantly.

Now that it's all over...I need a break!

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