Monday, December 8, 2008

Some Christmas Knitting

I finished a few things that are holiday gifts for my family. Here's The Big Guy's Scarf.

Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcol Heather (Dark Grey)
Pattern: Scrunchable Scarf (here's the Ravelry Link)
It's so soft and squishy and I made it a bit long so he can wrap if he needs to.
I just finished weaving in the ends today. I started a hat with the left over yarn, but it's a big question mark if that gets done.

Here are Miss J's fingerless mitts:

Dream In Color Classy Blue Lagoon
Pattern: Malabrigo Hand Thingies
(My pictures are SO terrible! I'll try to get some when they have them on after Christmas).
I used size 5 DPN's instead of 7's to size them down for my daughter.
I did make a mistake on one of them but that just gives them character, right?
The good thing is I have plenty of yarn left over to make another one. There's always a bright side.

These are Miss C's fingerless mitts.

French 75 - Sport Weight yarn -Color Angelina Jolie
Pattern: Mitt Envy
Size 1 DPN's - sized down to 40 sts for her tiny hands.

This yarn has almost no stretch, it's like knitting with cotton (although it says it's superwash merino wool) and was painful for my hands and arms. I tried making a sock out of it a couple of summers ago and couldn't get my foot into it. Using it this way at least makes me feel like it wasn't a total wasted purchase though.

The past few weeks have been stressful and painful but I'm glad I got these projects done. The holidays seems to creep up on me faster and faster for some reason. We managed to get the rest of our Christmas shopping done this weekend so that's a big load off of my mind. The Big Guy and I ditched the kids and even went to breakfast in between shopping! It was sure nice to not have to hear "are we DONE yet?" (They're not big shoppers, they take after their Dad). The crowds are definitely out there, which for once was kind of a relief when all we seem to hear is how terrible and downhill things are right now. But still, I don't want to be out there with them all if I can help it!

Of course, when I feel stressed - I hurt. I hurt BAD! Knitting is going to have to take a back seat for a bit until I get rested up and to where I'm not in so much pain. You gotta do what you gotta do. I see a new Rhuematologist next Monday so I'm hoping I can get some answers about what's causing it all. Keeping my fingers crossed for a decent doctor.

Now I have to go try to dig a hole into the closet to get things ready to wrap. At least this year I'll have help since the girls bought things for each other and us as well. There are always things to be thankful for, I'm tickled pink I won't be doing it all by myself on Christmas Eve!


knittinwolf said...

The scarf and mitts are wonderful...I love them! They're going to love them! Wow, you're done shopping...lucky! We can't find you know what anywhere for Jimmy so far...we're checking LA area now!

So glad your going to see a new rheumi doc...hopefully this one will help!
Love ya

Ariel said...

Pretty, pretty, and pretty!!!!


mrae said...

Very pretty mitts, and a nice scarf for your husband.

Nat Red Knits said...

Very nice! I sure hope none of them are going to be reading your blog. Nuthin' like givin up Santa's secrects.

I am almost done Santa shopping. I only have my nephew left and three dogs. Then comes the dreaded wrapping.

Anna said...

Those are some beautiful gifts!

So sorry to hear you are in pain. Let me know how it goes with the new doctor. You mentioned that to me awhile ago, and I was wondering how things were going for you. (((HUGS)))

Julianne said...

I love the scarf. It turned out so pretty and does look soft. So how many did you cast on? If I have time I would like to make one for my brother and Jesse for christmas....hahahaha...joke huh? I finished one of my scarves. I will post some pics soon....let me know how your docs appt ya..YBF

Julianne said...

Hey there, how did the docs appt go? Any news? Are you feeling better? I sure hope so. It is freezing over here...brr....Well, let me know what he said. Sorry for being MIA again, just busy as usual with work. Cannot wait to be done with this PM shift. Only a couple of more weeks. Love and kisses to you all...YBF