And the needles are positively smokin' around here (giggle). (photos below)
This afternoon is our final Christmas Concert Performance. with Olympia Choral Society. I have absolutely loved this season - and I hope that the rest of my local peeps can stop by for this concert today ;-)
There is little that is more heartwarming than creating music with people that you love. 93 members seems like an enormous group, yet over the past year, I have gotten to know most of them. And might I add, that my world has been deeply enriched. Come hear us today, and you will completely understand.
And now, the fast, fly-by, knitting project update (because I really need to go and get cleaned up for the performance..)
I am actually almost done with Christmas gifts (woo hoo)
French Press slippers - I LOVE this pattern. Have made these two pairs thus far, and will be making a pair for myself after the holidays.
These can easily be knit up in a day or two. I used two skeins of yarn on each (well, to be technical, only 1 1/2 each) The orange ones are knit with Brown Sheep Wool, the blue ones with Cascade 200 wool. on size 15 needles (think broomsticks!) Felting took about 14 minutes in my top loader. They take almost a full week to dry (since the pattern recommends that you do not put them through the spin cycle). Hopefully the blue ones will be dry enough to finish sewing together tomorrow.
Next up is an adorable Ribbed Lace Bolero (made for a daughter). The photo is kinda boring, since I don't have her here yet to model it...(click on the link and you can see what one looks like when worn) but trust me, it's really really cute for a younger gal. I knit it on size 8 needles and size 10.5. And used an acrylic/wool blend yarn, because it will be getting a lot of washing over the years.
another quickie gift that is very fun to knit.
I began a beret, designed by Janel Laidman (Spindilicty.com) Sorry I cannot link to that site today, something seems to be wrong with their server. It is called "Because of Love Beret". And what a sweet little pattern it is! (thank you Janel!!) I am using some old handspun yarn, that I made who knows when, out of who knows what.... (giggle). It's worsted weight, and knit up on size 3, so it is nice and dense, and will be cozy warm. I'm about half way done, and should easily be able to finish this one up :-)
Last project for the holidays is a simple slip stitch pattern scarf. I am knitting it with Pattons Wool. And While I absolutely love this wool, I'm not sure it was a very good choice for a scarf. (arrgh) It feels slightly scratchy when I rub it against my cheek. What are your thoughts my friends? should I abandon it and begin again with a soft wool blend? (grumble grumble) or should I press on and hope that my daughter's boyfriend has tougher skin than I (heh heh).
I can say that I LOVE the color of this yarn. (the photo is fairly true)
I am feeling a bit ostrich-like this morning, and I knit on and on with this wool... denial is a blissful state (giggles even more).............. what think you, dear friends???