Monday, November 05, 2007

Hello, Monday!

Status... anxious.
I really don't like this time of year. (Please note how I avoided using the word 'hate.')
I suppose it is as much the darkness as it is the greed and unreasonable expectations associated with secularized holidays.
I am all out of wack with the time change. The boys don't seem to care.
And I just heard on the radio the first forecast of snow for tomorrow or the day after.
So rather than dwell on that which we cannot control...
I present the finished B4 bag.
It has been knitted and fulled for a while now. It took me a bit to find the right buttons, I should have taken a closeup for you. Oh well. I just lined it this weekend. It has a nice bright blue lining to go with the bits of blue in the yarn. I sewed plastic canvas into the bottom to give it some stability.I like this bag a WHOLE lot. I am contemplating giving it to a certain person for xmas. The Mister is encouraging me to do so. We both know that that person will certainly like and appreciate and use it.
Still. I like it a WHOLE lot. I guess that is the best reason to give it away.
Besides, I can make another.
Oh, but there is this bag that Mother of the Pea picked out in FEBRUARY when I was out visiting her. I did tell her that it may not be ready for this birthday, but really, is there a good reason that it shouldn't be, given that I have been looking at it for 10 months? Her bday is in 5 weeks. I think I could squeeze it in.
If that is what I SHOULD be working on, I guess I can show you what I AM working on.
1. This is a 2nd grade teacher gift.
Noro Aurora, colors 1 and 5, size 6 needles.
I am trying to do what Rani did with Noro.
It looks really subtle in the picture, not so much in RL, but I am hoping it gets better as we go.
2. Kindergarten teacher gift. PartyLace scarf from MagKnits. KidSilk Night, size 7 needles.
Sparkle-y yarn and beads.
Oh, baby.
I do like this pattern, too. It is super easy to remember the 2 row pattern and goes pretty quick when I actually work on it! I am about half way.
3. And the Mister's socks. They are for his stocking, he knows about them. I had to ask him some pertinent questions about what kind of pattern I could put in the leg. Oh, and he noticed and admired this yarn every time I picked it up- including when I showed him the purchase while we were in Michigan. So it wasn't like I would be able to keep it a secret.
Anyway, what does he want, you ask?
Ribbing. Plain, regular ribbing. And on the top of the foot, too.
I am hot to cast on some gifts I would like to give for xmas to both nieces, a nephew, and some of those cork elves to give most everyone I know... I am restraining myself until I get the above closer to done. Oh, the discipline! Isn't it scary?!?!
Anything Else for the Week?
Not too much on the calendar, just yet.
I need to be working on a whole list of crap to get the house organized (I was not born organized and it annoys me) and some of the useless crap out of our way. Isn't it ridiculous the stuff we hold on to? And there is laundry. I feel awful that we didn't get the screens off the windows and the windows cleaned this weekend. First of all, the house is nicely brighter when the screens are off and the windows clean. Second, if it gets cold, I don't know when it will get done! UGH! I may have to do that in the afternoons when it is as warm as it is going to get... Hmm, maybe I should go get started. Or, I could go update my Ravelry. *sheepish grin*
Have a great week!


LaurieG said...

I'm with you on the commercialism, greed, etc. One of the things I really like about Kwanzaa is the tradition of hand-made gifts. And I thought of you when I heard the forecast for snow!

Rani said...

You have fully motivated me to begin my Christmas knittin' hussle!


And there is a lot to be said about ribbing - practical and keeps those socks up! (and what a great idea for a stocking stuffer!!)

The noro scarf colors are really pretty. I think I'm going to copy you and give the same thing to our 2nd grade teacher.

DPUTiger said...

OK, those Xmas Elves are just CUTE. I am also disproportionately irritated that the malls and advertisers can't just wait until Thanksgiving to start the Xmas rush. Grrrr!!! Great to "offiically" meet you last night! :) amy

gilraen said...

Your B4bag is superb!!! I love the gilt you have added to yours. :)

I love the KSH scarf too, I have met the designer Lisa many times, she is as lovely as her pattern :) Lucky teacher. :)