Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gifts Happen

So my only planned Christmas knit is finished.  However, I've sort of started two more since then with a possible third in the wings.   I realize this was going to be the year of easy, whatever Christmas vacation knitting, but these were all easy and spontaneous.  

Spontaneous.  That is the key to knitting a stress free gift at Christmas-time.  I like free license to do what I want.  So I spontaneously joined the Little Bobbins Knits Mitten-along and started these.  Dani has such a sweet, friendly presence on her podcast.  It always feels like knitting along with a friend.  Plus, her dog's head peeping into the video frame, listening to her as though she were talking to him is really cute.   
The mitts are also doubling as one of my projects for the Christmas Movie Knitalong on the Very Shannon ravelry group.  I have yet to watch one Christmas movie, though. 

I have watched quite a few episodes of Supernatural. (It must be influencing my knits, as seen above.)  Otherwise, it's just been China Beach.  Did I mention I finally... twenty years after stupidly throwing away all of my episodes on vhs tapes because I thought surely they'd be released soon on dvd.. finally own it on dvd?  Oh my gosh this deserves it's own post.  If you never watched it back in the late 80s/ early 90s you may say, "What's the big deal?"  But if you did, you'll get it.  Many, many people have been waiting a long time for these to be remastered and released.  So, I may consider it my Christmas movie marathon.  Early Christmas for me, huh?

I 'm glad I decided to try and squeeze another pair of Linden mittens out of my felici leftovers from my pair.  And, thankfully, it was just enough.  They even match!  That took a bit of spit splicing.  I told my daughter blood, sweet, tears, and spit went into these.  But I'm keeping them until Christmas, so I can wrap them.  The key to easy matching mitts for both pairs was buying two balls instead of one.  It's easy to find the same starting place on separate balls, not to mention working two-at-a-time.   

Guys, I've been so busy with some family matters (good things, but still busy things) I've finished four or five things I haven't even posted about.  I have all kinds of things I want to talk about: Jessica Fletcher, shawl knitting, indie dyers, 1980's aerobics- the usual, but I just haven't had the chance.  So, hopefully, this is the first post in a continuous stream of rambling and knitting photos.

My other post on this particular set of mittens is here

 (more on ravelry, kollabora, instagram, and flickr)

5 comments:

  1. Love the mittens and the colour of the stripes. And it's a good thing your christmas knitting is so relaxed, rather than a stressing event.

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  2. I love the idea of gift knitting as the mood strikes rather than writing up a list that makes you feel like a hostage. I'm going to follow your lead!

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  3. Thank you! The colors of the Kingpin yarn are so, so great. But I can't take credit for choosing them. I totally compiled Jane Richmond's sample.

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  4. Oh good, Evelyn! We really have to take it easy on ourselves during the holidays. I think I've followed your lead with all of the hat knitting I've been doing lately. The bug just bit me and I've done six in the last month or so. I'm probably done with gifts now, unless I get those cabin socks made for my husband.

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  5. Thank you, Jennifer. I was so in love with that show as a teenager. I taped every episode. It's one of the first truly great shows I ever saw. I'm loving re-watching it. The big holdup with releasing it was trying to get rights to all of the great music. They finally got rights to all but maybe 17 songs, so they went ahead and produced the DVD. Happy day.

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