Uh huh..its that time. Time for absolute craziness which I vow not to get caught up in every year..and I still do. Decorate the house? check. Shop for gifts? check. Plan/shop/cook the food. check..(or about to). Finish my knitted gifts? check almost. Wrap presents? check. Keep house clean? ..well..half check. Be utterly cheerful and not overwhelmed?..um..trying. One solid month of all this planning and implementing..and its over within a 24-36 hour period. Amazing.
I do like Christmas..and I do like being busy. But..geez.
I have my knitted projects that I wanted to get done for gifts, done. tada! There are two extra ones that I really should finish, and will try to, but I'm not going to go nuts finishing them. Once I have a wee bit more time, I have some picture taking to do and posting of things. I have some more yarn to post and a couple finished things to show. I found a free pattern on the Yarn Harlots website for "One Row Scarf". Its really easy! Use worsted weight yarn, size US 8 needles. Cast on 26 stitches, or any multiple of four to make it wider or narrower. I cast on 30 and its about 5 inches wide. Ok..the pattern is : *K2, K into the back of the next stitch, P1*. Repeat between asterisks. Thats it. When you get to the last two stitches in the row, K2. Its a reversible pattern and it looks really nice with yarn that doesnt have a lot of color in it. What I mean is that highly varigated yarn hides the pattern. Ask me how I know. :-(. I tried Malabrigo, which is a worsted weight yarn, in Stonechat. It is black/gray/purple/burgundy and way too busy for this pattern. I frogged it and started over with Print 127, which is a Filatura Di Crosa yarn. Nice color way of muted orange/brown/camel with bits of other colors thrown in. Its different, for sure. Kinda picky-scratchy but I'm hoping once the scarf is finished I can soak it in wool wash so it'll soften up. I've got about 6 inches done and I really love how it looks. I know I keep promising pics and I'll get them up soon.
My son, Michael is coming home for Christmas and getting here on the 21st. Can't wait to see him! My sister and her husband are arriving here from Charlotte, NC on the 21st also. Gonna have a full house and its great! Katie has moved back home, too. We don't have a large family, really..about 11 of us will be here for dinner on the 25th. Just for that alone...that everyone is here at the same time makes all the work worthwhile.