The Grinch is Still Here

Christmas has come and gone, and I’m still feeling like the Grinch. The kids had a great time, and I… am a bit worn out. 4 Christmas celebrations in the span of 24 hours is a bit exhausting for me. We celebrate Christmas Eve with the FIL’s side of the family only 10 minutes away; early Christmas morning is just with the four of us at home; we head over for late breakfast at my SIL’s house 30 minutes away to open gifts with the MIL; and then it’s an hours drive away to my brother’s house for Christmas dinner with my side of the family. Aren’t you exhausted just reading about it? I think the kids had a grand time, and in the big scheme of things, that’s the most important thing for me. I want my kids to grow up with great Christmas memories, and I really believe they are. Maybe I need to admit to myself that the Grinch thing is not seasonal but year round.

As promised, here’s the roll call of holiday knitting, since they have all been gifted now:

Project: Cabled Footies for my sister in Virginia, based loosely on the pattern of the same name from One Skein
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish in Capri, 2 balls
Needles: KnitPicks Options size 6, 2 socks on 2 circs method
Start/Finish: I made these in November, as my sock-a-month kal for the month, and I don’t remember when I started or finished!
Thoughts: Loved the yarn and the pattern was easy. Used the usual Turkish cast on for the toes, and the short row heel from Priscilla’s Dream Socks. My sister said she wore them all day on Christmas (or was it the day after?), and yes, I did wash them before I sent them to her. (She made a point of asking me if I did that. She feels it’s gross to see feet modeling the socks and not knowing if they’re clean when gifted. Now that I think about it, I guess I have to agree with her!)

Project: Sporty Footies for my BIL in Virginia
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish in Coast Grey for the main body of the foot and Deep Ocean for the toes, less than 2 balls of the grey and less than 1 ball of the blue.
Needles: KnitPicks Options size 6, 2 socks on 2 circs method
Start/Finish: Sometime this month; the holiday knitting should be renamed holidaze because I can’t seem to remember a darn thing!
Thoughts: Turkish toes and Priscilla’s heels all in stockinette; easy peasy lemon cheesy. The change in colors made it a bit more challenging but I still enjoyed it. Yes, these were also washed before gifting (for those inquiring minds who want to know).

Both nieces in Virginia got the Fetching wristwarmers I posted earlier.

Project: Beanie for Sweetie Hubby, loosely based on the Kim’s Hats pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: 1 skein of Noro Kureyon color #51
Needles: Inox US size 7 16″ circular; I forgot I even had this needle until I dug around in the needle vase.
Start: December 19
Finish: December 20
Thoughts: I had forgotten how much I love knitting in the round with the right length circular needle. It was so fun zipping along on these 16″; I wish KnitPicks made smaller cables just for this! Sweetie Hubby seems to enjoy his hat; he settles in for a snooze with the cap on and it’s long enough to cover his eyes. Perfect!

Project: Ribbed Beanie for BIL (sorry, no picture!)
Yarn: 1 skein of Noro Kureyon
Needles: Inox US size 7 16″ circular
Start: December 24
Finish: December 25
Thoughts: I started this late afternoon on Christmas Eve, and was knitting at my FIL’s celebration. Nobody asked who it was for, but were just aware I was knitting, as usual. While at my SIL’s house, I cast off early afternoon in front of everybody, including my BIL, and it was a kick to toss the finished beanie at him. He was surprised (pleasantly, I hope), and it was fun to gift something that you just made in front of them. (Note to self: remember to take a picture after throwing FO at giftee.)

Project: Felted Clogs for my Mom
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, 4 balls in Tulip for the heel and contrast trim, 2 balls in Red for the main body
Needles: KnitPicks Options in size 13
Start: December 16
Finish: Cast off on December 18 and felted on December 21
Thoughts: I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn. I agree with Sknitty’s latest post about enjoying some basic wool yarn, and not just for felting. I’m quite tempted to make a sweater this year out of Cascade 220, what Kay and Ann call the perfect yarn. This sweater, designed by Knittin’ Mom, actually looks interesting to me, but it’ll have to wait its turn in the queue, as there are a few other projects ahead of it. Felting was a new experience for me. I have given tons of advice to friends and family on felting, like I’m an expert, but I’m coming clean right now. I had never felted before this. It was magic happening before my very eyes. Unfortunately, I have a front loading washer, so it took 3 full wash and rinse cycles before it was down to the correct size. It took a full 4 days for the clogs to dry completely, and the bottom bumper is a bit wonky. All in all, though, my Mom seems quite happy with them. She’s wearing them around the house already, and says they’re quite warm, which is a good thing. This from the woman who wears an undershirt in the middle of summer, so she won’t get cold. Go figger. I still need to spray the bottom with some super sticky stuff, so we don’t run the risk of an “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” I shouldn’t laugh.

Project: Scarf/Shawl, pattern from Fay Lynn and Unraveled
Yarn: Trendsetter Dune in color #111, Plymouth Furlauro in color #830, and Classic Elite Calliope in color #5485 (I think; I lost the ball band), 1 ball of each
Needles: Addi Turbos in US size 19 and 17
Start: December 21
Finish: December 22, I think; again, me+holiday knitting=holidaze
Thoughts: I loved the colors together, but it was a bit too hairy after a while. My gauge grew again towards the end, so it’s wonky-shaped. It’s destined for the frog pond, and I’ll have to try again and be more consistent (yeah, right!).

These lovely scarves were knitted by my 13-year-old Sweetie Niece. These were Christmas gifties for her friends, and she handpicked the colors herself. She used WEBS’ Valley Yarns in Berkshire to make these chunky stripe garter stitch scarves. There was a third, but my sister didn’t get a picture of it before it was gifted. That one was chocolate brown and blue. Fabulous, no? Way to go, JJB!

Finally, this last picture sums up the Sweeties’ Christmas experience. Hope yours was just as great.


8 responses to “

  1. Wow, you’ve been so productive! I especially love the footies and the clogs, but everything looks just so lovely! Great job!
    Happy New Year, and all the very best to you and your family!

  2. Geez – that does sound tiring! Sounds like all your wonderful gifts were a hit (no surprise) – and hooray for a knitting niece in the fam! Funny, I have some 220 in the stash reserved for one’s of Knittin’s Mom’s designs – Winter Branches 🙂

  3. Whew! I really am tired just thinking about your 4 Christmas celebrations. Glad you made it through. Great job on your holiday knitting…so many FOs in such a short time! Happy New Year!

  4. Great fun seeing your Holiday Knitting Revue! Beautiful work as usual, and I especially love the clogs and DH’s Noro hat.

    Happy new year to you and the sweeties!

  5. Sounds like the holidays were exhausting. I guess living a day’s drive away from family has one advantage- your obligations are limited at holiday time!
    Your gift knitting was great, though. Hope all the giftees were happy. Looking forward to the our ribbon shells in 2007! Happy New Year!

  6. I don’t know if I’m more exhausted reading about the celebrations, or about the long list of knitted gifties! You rock, girl! And I do like that sweater–looks like a pretty fun, easy knit. And I have me some Cascade 220, too. (I know, I know–what don’t I have, right?)

  7. My son has been saying “Happy Grinchmas” for the past week. I feel your pain…

    🙂 SP

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