Happy Christmas to all

Things have calmed down around here (yesterday was, well, what do you think Christmas in a family of 7 kids is like?!)

I finished the first of my Slippery Socks yesterday and promptly cast on for the second in the grand tradition of avoiding second sock syndrome, because it is worth xp on knit wars, and because I need more knitted socks now! I really like the pattern and it worked up nicely. I was worried about whether the darkness of the yarn would be a problem but it turned out lovely. There was some pooling of the darkest colour on the leg, and it striped vertically on the leg and horizontally after the heel – I think I like the horizontal better. The slipped st heel looks really neat with this colourway. And I did it with a heel flap, which I normally avoid, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

My Hand-dyed yarn swap package arrived from Australia – yeah my sock yarn! and fun stuff.

I got two knitting books for Christmas:
*Stunning Shawls and Wraps by Scarlett Taylor – all shawls with beads, there are a couple that I really like, and a few other that I’d like to modify into sweaters/tops. Several different techniques for adding beads are included and patterns range from simple garter sts triangular shall to shrugs and caplets, colour work, and cables.

This is one of my favourites, and as my mother rather likes it… (I think I’ll have to tell dad that she wants it for her birthday… – what is it they say, find a pattern you love and get someone else to pay for it…)

I liked the creative use of self-striping yarn in this one.
And these two I’d like to take and turn into tops.
This one would make a nice pull over.
And this one I’d like to turn into a sleeveless top, but adding arm holes (between the collar and the body) and extending the body.

*At Knit’s End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – always hilarious, my family has been enjoying it (though they haven’t exactally gotten the mohair jokes…)

My Grandmother gave me the sock needle set of Harmony dpns. And two antique metal circs – they belonged to my great-great grandmother Annie (Grandma’s father’s mother). They are pretty heavy duty – as in if I ever needed to garotte someone… I’ll be interested to see how they work.

My Christmas knitting was distributed, and much enjoyed. Mom is now wearing both the socks and the shawl and L. carried around the Dr. Who scarf all day yesterday, while T. wore his hat -inside- all day.
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