It is the first day of December. We have snow and the temperature seems to stay under zero what is good for the snow and the scenery. It is white, crisp and beautiful – exactly the way it is supposed to be in December. November flew by quickly. I did not get much knitting done but I feel the desire to get the needles clicking again. I seem to be taking break from the knitting once in a while and at some point of the rest I’m always thinking whether it is time to move on to something else since the needles don’t call me… First I’m very disappointed at myself and try several different approaches, finger this yarn and that and at some point I just let go and do something else. And then after a while, the idle hands get itchy again… But you must know this, I’m sure I’m not the only one taking breaks and then after a while hearing the whisper of the lace yarn or the drumming of the sock yarn again.
I don’t think you remember this yarn. It appeared here in the blog when I was trying to knit something from the Victorian Lace book but what did not turn out the way I was hoping for and then I ripped the shawl. Shortly after I ripped the Victorian shawl I right away cast on for an Icelandic shawl that I have knit once before and this is the project I dug out of my ufo pile when the empty hands needed something to touch. I have knit few rows here and there to this shawl and now I think it is the time to knit the edging to it. It is a while since I knit lace and maybe it is lace time again. I have plenty of nice fingering and lace weight yarns in my stash and they are just too beautiful to be sitting there. While I still have few rows on the Icelandic shawl I have sort of made up my mind what the next shawl will be, but I will just need to think it over a bit … Or rather think over the yarn for it.
I know Christmas time gets to be a bit much for me (and to many of us as wives and mothers) and no matter how hard I try not to try to make it perfect and try to concentrate on making it good enough, I always, always end up having too many things to do and will feel a bit stressed and worn out at some point. And do not get me wrong, I like to do all these things that belong to our family’s Christmas tradition and do all these things as much to my loved ones as to myself as well. We prepare or buy gifts to each other and my DH is very good in this, he seems to be able to pick the right one for me every year and he is very good in keeping secrets. And my girls and mother and friends are too generous always too. But I decided to get myself a present this year too… in a form of yarn and knitting book. As a reward for myself after all the cleaning and baking and cooking, as a special reward for making this Christmas once again step by step…
(Doesn’t this sound as a perfect excuse once again to be buying more yarn? But don’t you think that if ever, now it is very appropriate? But what should I get? What would you recommend? I know you would need to know what I already have in my library and stash but ignore that and think about your must-haves or something that you would not like to do without and I would love to hear of them or it. Or if you have a blog, maybe you could blog about the most beloved book or pattern or yarn and leave me a link... )
Many blogs are very important to me, I wait eagerly for new posts and new knitting inspiration and value the effort that goes into making this knitting community interesting and entertaining and don't take that for granted. I know I too have readers who wait for my knitting news. The first year when I blogged I updated my blog every day for the first 24 days of December showing my old knits. I have been a bad blogger for the month of November, so I will try to post every day from today up till Dec 24th - sort of like an advent calendar. I try to concentrate on the knitting but there might be some cooking thrown in and I will post about few things in my knitting life that I think of treasured gifts, be it yarn, book or pattern.
(Don’t forget that I live in the country and stormy snowy days sometimes cause power failures so the post may be delayed a few times but if I’m fine and the computer and the electricity work, the post will be there.)
Happy December Dear Readers!