A Christmastime Adventure

First things first – I finished the shawl on time and my mom loves it!  She was absolutely astonished that I would do such a thing…so I may have unintentionally created a standard for myself which I will never again be able to match.  Opps.   I was able to catch some shoots in uncharacteristic NE Ohio December sunshine:

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Pattern: Wing-‘o-the-Moth (Anne Hanson)
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Color 588
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
Modifications: None, although I did add extra yo’s in the bind-off to make a stretchier edge.
More pictures are on Ravelry.

Now, I believe I promised to share a recent Christmastime Adventure.  Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom selects some Christmas outing or performance to attend.  We’ve been to see Christmas lights, historic homes decorated for the Holidays, and performances of the Christmas Carol and the Nutcracker.  Of course, over the years it has become hard to find something we haven’t done before.  This year, however, my mom and I were able to find something completely different – Dickens’ Victorian Village.

Apparently about two years ago, some residents of Cambridge, Ohio came up with the idea to turn the downtown into a showcase of Victorian-era scenes, inspired by the works of Charles Dickens.  Over the years, artisans have created dozens of figures and placed them on display over the Holidays.  This year there was also a light display at the county courthouse (in the middle of downtown).  It was a really neat display, if a bit cold (and windy!), and I thought I’d share some of my favorite scenes.

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The Knitter

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Scrooge and Marley

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The Sled Maker

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The Apple Seller

I hope you and yours have all had a wonderful Christmas season and continue to a healthy and prosperous New Year!

'tis the season…

…for lousy winter photographs.  Although, we had a rare winter day of sun, so I tried to squeeze in some update pic’s

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The Christmas knitting is coming along swimmingly…or at least it is when I forget that I have less than four knitting days left!  Whenever I actually pause to look at the calendar or think about what day it is, I go into a tailspin of panic.  Just how much sleep can I deprive myself of and still be functional at work this week…?

I did manage to add another repeat since I took these pictures (and the sun set and the cold front moved in…).  However…I have three full workdays ahead and these rows keep getting longer and I still have other presents to wrap.  This could be a bit of a challenge.  Why did I do this to myself, again?

I also finally managed to get a picture of my new shawl pin, from Nicolas and Felice.

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I bought this a few weeks back after seeing Anne’s lovely new pin. I’d blame her for mine, but she was gifted hers, so I guess I can’t say too much. Well, that and not only is it really pretty, but it works really well!  I also have some pictures from a Christmas adventure from yesterday, but I think I’ll share later…after all, I need to get back to work!

’tis the season…

…for lousy winter photographs.  Although, we had a rare winter day of sun, so I tried to squeeze in some update pic’s

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The Christmas knitting is coming along swimmingly…or at least it is when I forget that I have less than four knitting days left!  Whenever I actually pause to look at the calendar or think about what day it is, I go into a tailspin of panic.  Just how much sleep can I deprive myself of and still be functional at work this week…?

I did manage to add another repeat since I took these pictures (and the sun set and the cold front moved in…).  However…I have three full workdays ahead and these rows keep getting longer and I still have other presents to wrap.  This could be a bit of a challenge.  Why did I do this to myself, again?

I also finally managed to get a picture of my new shawl pin, from Nicolas and Felice.

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I bought this a few weeks back after seeing Anne’s lovely new pin. I’d blame her for mine, but she was gifted hers, so I guess I can’t say too much. Well, that and not only is it really pretty, but it works really well!  I also have some pictures from a Christmas adventure from yesterday, but I think I’ll share later…after all, I need to get back to work!

a little Christmas knits

I’ve not been one to do the whole “deadline” knitting thing, i.e. birthday or Christmas (or holiday of choice) knitting. That would be primarily because I’m a terrible procrastinator. This served me well through school (term papers, cramming for tests) but doesn’t work so well with knitting. No matter how you slice it, unless it’s a bulky hat on jumbo needles, knitting takes more time than the few hours available to the last-minute crafter. However, in the middle of October, I decided that the perfect thing for my mom for Christmas would be a knitted lace shawl. Given my typical aversion to such deadline knitting, I clearly was temporarily delusional, likely due to excessive studying. I even had a fleeting thought that I could have this shawl finished by Thanksgiving. Ahem.

I did know right away that I wanted to use Kidsilk Haze, so I made my way to the yarn store, and bought enough for a typical lace shawl. The major question was to be which lace shawl. I spent about a week debating triangular vs. rectangular, before settling on triangular and then several more evenings browsing Ravelry before finally choosing to go with my first thought: a Wing-‘o-the-Moth. Moth was my first big lace project, and I knew that it would be doable in the time I had.

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This is the second start. The first was much too open – even for lace. There was also a third (in fact, I don’t think I’ve frogged it yet), which was tighter than this. The third was closer to my shawl in overall size, but the pattern was harder to read. Also, a bit distressingly, apparently I’m an even looser knitter. My first moth was on US 3’s (3.25 mm). This is on US 2’s (2.75 mm). I’m beginning to worry that at the rate I’m going, I’ll be knitting bulky knits on 2’s within a year!

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I will admit, I’m probably not as far as I should be. I’m in a happy state of denial. Or I was before I looked at the calendar today!  It’s looking like a marathon knitting weekend is coming up…