Greetings and Dear Laura:
Wow!! Things have been really crazy, so I'm just going to start telling you about it and we'll see where this goes. AFTER I say how much I love that fishy hat!! That looks like so much fun! And I bet those fleece hoodies are coming in pretty handy this week - hope you got one done for you.
I am easily paralyzed by too many choices, so I'm not going to decide whether to order my random list chronologically, by order of importance or alphabetically - I'm going with random.
1. Let's begin with the Hemlock Ring Blanket - which is finished! I loved this pattern. It went pretty quickly, and it was lots of fun. I cast on December 23rd, and it came off the needles on January 8th - so that was fast! When we last saw it, it looked like this:
When I cast off, it looked like this:Kind of like a ball of yarn that threw up!
But, as lace is wont to do, it blocked up beautifully! It's one of my favorite projects of all time.
2. I had a bit of a yarn accident. It was totally not my fault. I was reading some knitting email that I got (don't remember which one) and there was an add at the top for Simply Socks web site (which is ultimately a lys for me, even if it is web only. The owner is located and operates her online business within a few miles of me.) There was this lovely Shi Bui sock yarn in the advertisement, and seriously, look at these colors. Do you really think there was any chance I resisted this? Faster than a sneeze I had this yarn ordered!
3. Since I was waiting on the birth of my 12th niece/nephew, due to arrive in mid January, I needed to have a least one pair of warm baby socks on hand. I had a pink hat on hand, and since my sil had 4 girls and a boy, odds were in my favor. However, I did her a favor and chose a neutral green yarn for the socks, and when I finished those I cast on a hat to match, just so she'd have a chance for that second boy.
4. My great-nephew turned one, and he's a BIG BOY, so the sweater that I made in a size 2T was a perfect fit! I made this in 2007 as a shop model for my favorite LYS, Cass Street Depot, which went out of business about 6 weeks later. The owner graciously gave the sweater back to me, and I've been waiting for a boy to be the right size at the right time. Logan wins! (Ravelry link to the project)
5. Presents!! I got a wonderful package from the Boulder Elves! (Thanks Jess!)
I was the lucky recipient of some gingersnap granola (my absolute favorite!), a keychain and pin, and this BEAUTIFUL sock yarn, appropriately named "Yarn Lust." It is a yummy soft merino, and I took one look at the color way and knew exactly what pattern it would work with. I've wanted to do these socks since I saw that pattern, and so look for these on my needles sometime soon! (Ravelry link here)
6. And finally. Introducing my niece Audrey Anna! She was born at 3:30 am on January 13th, and weighed 8 lbs 14 oz. My sil invited anyone who wanted to come to the birth, and when I said I was up for it, she asked if I would take some video for her, so that she could see what it was like "from the other side." It was absolutely amazing to see Audrey born, and I have a whole new respect for my sil and everyone else who does this. Wow. (I've been cooking meals for them ever since she came home. The 'jetlag' from being up all night wiped me out for a week, and I didn't even have a baby! I've got her back until she tells me to stop!)
Whew! I think I'm caught up for a minute!
Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)