His arms look really weird at the moment, but the elbow pads will help when I assemble him.
Well, I’ve made a fair bit of progress on my brother’s fingerless gloves, although I’d like to be further along:
Part of the issue is that, now that I’ve finished Lily’s bed, I’m not feeling like knitting as much anymore. This means I’ve gone back to my Morning Flight cross stitch and made quite a bit of progress:
I’m realizing that the blues I’ve been working on are make up a huge part of the cross stitching in that pattern, so while I’m only barely into the number of colors I need to work, I’m pretty far into the total number of stitches
First the bad news. The knitting needle I’d bought for my Ocean Currents Rug broke! The tip just snapped off the cable while I was working with it. It’s been sent off to the manufacturer for replacement, but until I get a new one, there’s not going to be any rug progress.
To make up for it, I’ve had a fair bit of knitting good news. I have a couple of projects I want to complete in the next year or two that I didn’t have the yarn for, so I put in an order and got it the other day.
I got some Supersocke self-striping sock yarn in the Mali Color Golden Shades to use in a colorwork sock along with some black yarn I already had:
I also got some Cascade Heritage sock yarn in Como Blue for another colorwork sock with my black yarn:
All the pictures I’d seen of this yarn showed it as blue, but it’s a fairly green-leaning blue-green. The picture here is the best I could get, but it’s not green enough. I’m slightly disappointed it’s not the color I was envisioning, but it should work out okay.
I’ve been wanting some custom fit gloves out of a very fine yarn, so I got some Malabrigo Lace in the color Vaa, which is super soft:
And finally, I bought someFilatura Di Crosa Nirvana lace weight yarn in Dark Teal for a lace shawl I’ve been wanting to make:
As if that package wasn’t good enough news, I also finished the bed I’ve been working on for Lily for the last five and a half months. She likes it:
(Click on any picture for more information on Ravelry.)
I’ve not blogged for a couple of weeks, due to a combination of begin busy and working on non-photogenic projects. Please accept this photo of Lily “assisting” me with cutting out a pair of pajama pants as an apology:
This year has gone very fast for me, and now that it’s December, I’m realizing I really need to focus on my christmas projects… I have five things I’d like to get done before christmas:
2) A knight on horseback hand puppet from an ancient kit I’ve got. So far I’ve finished the horse and just need to make the knight.
Look at that cute (or maybe slightly disturbing…) face! This one needs to be done by Dec 15 if it’s going to get done, as I don’t want to try to finish it at my parents’ house. It’s not critical that it get done, either.
3) A dragon hand puppet from a similar kit. This is the one I was working on earlier, but it got put on hold for a bit due to misplacing some of the pieces. I’ve got them, so I just need to finish it.
4) Chocolate truffles. I made truffles from How to Cook That‘s chocolate truffle recipes last year, and they were amazing, so I’m going to make them again (I’m planning on making orange, raspberry, caramel, and hazelnut praline). I can’t start them until I get to my parents’ house, but I do need to write out the ingredient lists in advance so we can get everything we need.
5) Christmas crackers. I always make homemade crackers to pull. Like the truffles, this will be done at my parents’ house sometime between the 15th and the 25th. I need to make some extra crackers this year, so I’ll try to get photographs of the whole process and put up a tutorial on this blog. While I don’t need to start the crackers themselves yet, I do need to make some extra prizes at some point, which I can do now.
My projects for this year’s holidays work out pretty well, as I have some to do in the next two weeks, and some to do the two weeks after that. I think I can get them all done, and as long as the gloves, truffles, and crackers get done, I’ll be okay.
What (if any) holiday crafting are you doing? Or are you more organized than I am and are already done?