Saturday, December 03, 2011


Time seems to have a knack for speeding along faster than I recall it doing. Perhaps it just seems that way though.
My granddaughter, once a emotionless bundle is now a lively little girl with very definite ideas of what she likes and dislikes.  On top of all that, she is starting to take some steps.  So, just when I figure it is safe to put out some things and leave cupboards unlocked, along come the granddaughter.
 The mobile monster-es

I started knitting a double knit lap blanket which, initially was to be ready in time for a certain fall wedding, although not as a wedding gift. When it became obvious that there was no chance of completion before that date, I set a new goal of completion by Solstice. I did not count on errors (all mine) or other obligations (Outdoor Club of Victoria, of which I'm on the board as chair of publications). Of course the error was noted after I just passed the halfway mark and it meant ripping nearly 3/4 of the completed blanket out. This all at 330 stitches per row.
Kelmscott Throw

In order to complete in time I would have to do 11 rows per day. I'm learning to relax and accept that it will get done when it is done, as long as I'm not still working on it in mid-summer.
Christmas/Yule/Solstice is coming up somewhat quickly so I decided to get my shopping done early. Hubby is done as is my daughter and son-in-law, and my mom. I still have to find clothes for the grand kids, a gift for my MIL, something for son and daughter-in-law, and stuff for my little nephews, niece, and grand niece. As far as my SILs, I'm stuck. I've been knocking myself out on creating gifts for them including home baking, crafts (weaving/knitting) in exchange for a box of chocolates which hubby then takes the chocolates to work since we don't eat them.
Question: what would you do? Buy chocolates/wine in exchange and shut up or ask them to not give chocolates and continue with the handcrafted/handmade gifts?


Lizz said...

Love the lap blanket! I'm currently working on a double knit scarf.

For your SILs, do they enjoy receiving the handcrafted gifts? Do you enjoy making them something special? If so, continue. If they don't appreciate your efforts then switch to wine or chocolate and concentrate on the people who appreciate the work you put into the gifts you make them.

Grace said...

that is more or less what Lisa was saying.
I'd love to see your scarf when you are done. Are you doing anything special on the edges? I was screwing up with wrapping the yarns at the beginning so learned that you can also work the first (and last if desired) stitch with both yarns. If you worked both the first and last stitches with both yarns you'd end up with a corded type of edge. I'm just working the first stitch of each row with both yarns.