Monthly Archives: December 2014

Five Days to Go

The weekend before Christmas… where has the time gone? I’m finished work until the 29th (that will be catch up and clean up time, I’m sure) and we are now in full-on Christmas mode.

John very kindly did some scoping out of gifts on my behalf yesterday; he knows I dislike going to the mall at the best of times. Going there at Christmas, with hordes of people out shopping and browsing and generally milling about, is definitely not something I look forward to. Now though, he knows exactly where to take me to get the things we’d talked about. He even bought a gift or two, as well as the wrapping paper required.

The next few days will be spent prepping Christmas dinner (no Morton Thompson turkey* this year!), wrapping gifts, decorating the house (at least a little bit), and making things Christmas-y… and relaxing.

To all of you, my readers, my friends, I wish you and yours a most wonderful Christmas. I hope you are surrounded by those you love and cherish. I hope that you spend some time creating good memories.

Christmas centerpiece

*If you’re curious about our Morton Thompson Turkey adventure, you can read about it here. The link will take you to Part 1 of 5.

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December – Part Two

Wow! It isn’t even noon yet and I’ve baked two batches of bread – two loaves of raisin bread and two loaves of Halifax County white bread. At least one loaf from each batch is destined for the freezer. Yesterday, I made a large pot of Dutch Split Pea soup and 5 one liter containers are now stored in the freezer. In addition to the baking, I’ve managed to keep the kitchen tidy and do some knitting. I need to do some laundry but the day is still young. I can honestly say I’m having a productive day.

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In my last post, I ended by saying that there’s more knitting that’s in the works. Do you remember this mischievous little creature?

Jacobus

I knitted Little Monkey a few years ago now and have even started writing a children’s book about the Big Adventures of Little Monkey. (I’ve read it to Trinity and Ethan and they both loved it and wanted to hear more about Little Monkey’s escapades.) Well, this little monkey, we’ve decided, needs some clothes. To that end, I’ve downloaded two more of Annita Wilschut’s patterns, a pair of shorts and a dress, for this little monkey.

LM shorts

There isn’t much to see yet but I did cast on and worked a few rows last night. If you knit the monkey and the clothing in the same weight of yarn, the clothes come out just the right size. If you have never heard of Annita Wilschut, you should check out some of her creations. All of her patterns are very detailed and contain loads of pictures to guide you through the process. All of them are seamless, with minimal sewing required.  I have noticed some translation issues but, really, they’re minor. The only reason I know they’re translation-related is that I speak, read, and write (a little) Dutch, Annita’s first language.

Incidentally, I’ve already decided that one of my goals for 2015 is to write more Little Monkey stories. My grandchildren, my daughter, and my husband all agree that it’s something I really need to do.

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December

And suddenly, it’s December! We’ve had snow, we’ve had freezing rain. We’ve had cold temperatures (down to about -15ºC); it’s warming up a bit now (at about 3ºC right now). Both John and I have been hit with our first colds of the season; mine kept me home for two days. We’re on the mend now, thankfully.

snow bikes

With winter weather comes the urge for knitting. I’ve really been bitten by the knitting bug this winter, more than I have all year. I suppose the break from knitting was a necessary one. Coming back to it now, I’m finding myself enjoying it more than I have in what feels like a very long time.

This past week, I’ve kept my needles busy. One of Ethan’s slippers is finished… well, the knitting of one slipper is finished. The second is almost half finished. They won’t be completely finished, of course, until the felting process is complete.

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The little piece of purple yarn is there as a marker for joining the cuff to the foot. Once felted, these slippers will look like high top running shoes, complete with laces. Once Ethan’s are finished, I’ll make Trinity’s and won’t felt them until the kids are around to watch the process.

I also started, and finished a small project for a friend with a baby. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that scarves on little ones can be a hazard and the use of scarves is no longer encouraged for infants. When the weather’s cold, though, little necks need to stay warm, too. I’ve always been of the belief that if it’s cold enough for you, as a parent, to pull on a sweater or wear a jacket, hat, scarf, and mittens, you should be dressing your child accordingly as well.

To that end, I went hunting on the Drops (Garnstudio) web site and found a cute little pattern for a neck scarf that ties at the back.

The pattern is Henrik VIII (click the title to see the pattern). It uses less than one ball of yarn and would have been finished in one evening if my cold-clouded brain had comprehended the increase row near the end. If you check out the pattern pictures, you’ll see that it covers the neck nicely and looks almost like a dickey. It should definitely keep any cold winds or gusts off of the recipient’s neck.

The yarn I used was some leftover Sandnes Garn Lanett Baby Ull, 100% superwash wool on 2.25 mm straight needles.

I also decided this week that I’m going to knit another pair of socks for myself… maybe. I’m not sure I have any more of the yarn I started with so this may end up just being an experiment that will be frogged once I see how it fits after turning the heel.

red socks

We shall see. For now, it’s simply mindless knitting. I’ve been toying with a few ideas. I may knit this one up to the heel, work the heel in a different colour, then work the cuff in a third colour. Hopefully, working it like that might leave me with enough yarn to work the foot of the second sock in the same way. I only have one 50 gm. ball of the red yarn, unfortunately. I bought it quite some time ago so I doubt I’ll be able to find another ball of it; even if I did, I don’t remember what brand it is as there’s no tag or label with it. I do know that it’s a superwash DK wool and is very soft and cushy. If I do manage to make a matching sock, they will definitely be nice and warm. I like nice and warm!

Before I end this post, I have to do a bit of bragging. It’s not bragging about myself; I have to brag about my daughter. She’s been crocheting for some time now but has never quite picked up on how to read a pattern; well, she sure can now!

owl hats

Ethan doesn’t look very happy, does he? He wasn’t feeling well when Kristen picked the kids up from school and, shortly after this picture was taken, he threw up. He does love his hat… really! Kristen has been keeping her crochet hooks flying and I have convinced her to join Ravelry. Once she saw how easy it is to look up all kinds of crochet patterns, she was hooked (yes, bad pun, I know… couldn’t resist).

There’s more I could write about but this post is, I think, long enough. I’ll save the rest for another post. For now, I’d best get going. I made a big pot of pea soup last night and I’m planning on baking a couple kinds of bread today – Raisin bread and another couple loaves of white bread for the freezer. As well, there’s laundry to do and Christmas decorating to be put up, and…… well, you get the picture.

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