the yarn arrived from chris today and it’s perfect . . . someone is gettin’ a ni-i-i-ice christmas gift.
this is a new fiber that chris will be offering soon—a DK/light worsted which she calls charity. it’s 100 percent corriedale so it’s similar to abundance, the chunky weight yarn i used for the totally autumn throw. i can’t WAIT to test-drive it; tonight’s the night.
it will appear on her site as soon as she can dye it.
i wouldn’t blame anyone who has huge doubts at this point about whether i can pull off this sweater by christmas. let me just throw this out there though (and i have witnesses): two years ago i ended up finishing all my christmas knitting with six days to spare, so i started a sweater for david. crazy, right? it was wrapped and under the tree on christmas eve morning.
now, i’m not telling you that sweater story just to brag (although i admit to being proud of that one), but to put an impression into your head while you read this cryptic message i received in email yesterday.
1,2,3,4 I declare a KNITTING WAR…………………………..YOU have been chosen…should you choose to accept this mission, you will receive your orders soon….via your blog….your war will be against another yet fun and famous knitter.
What are the details you say…..to see who can finish ALL Christmas knitting before Christmas……the reward for winning this war you ask……a donation of $5 per winners project to afore mentioned charity of their choice…….anyone wishing to join in must sign in to whomever’s blog they represent by stating “I’M IN” this means they too will meet with every finished project $5 to the charity of winners choice. The secret agents at hand will be keeping track of whose who. I cannot tell you who these 3 people are….well, I could, but then I would have to take all your stash so mumms the word ‘eh.
So strong warrior……………..do you choose or not!!!!
P.S. If you accept you must post this exact email on your blog with my name blurred out please:) Your instructions will follow with your answer…..we’re waiting…………….
THIS IS NOT A PLEA FOR MONEY—it’s for our entertainment
(or maybe just yours, i’m not sure . . .). apparently a small panel of benefactors has chosen to pit me against someone else in a christmas knitting war (i am ignoring the famous part because the thought of who that could be makes my knees shake).
the way i understand it is that for every christmas gift i finish they will give $5 to my favorite organization. i’m SURE we will be getting more details soon . . right??
now, i have no idea who they are, or who my opponent is, but $5 per item i DO get.
so i ACCEPT.
all you have to do is buoy me up when my energy gets low i think. after all, i have a lot less time than i did two years ago (but i SO want it).
i thought i was doing pretty well on the gift knitting already, but now that they said race, i might have to turn up the heat on it.
while i have been working away on christmas knitting i have no new FOs today because i am skipping from one thing to another (also back to work on design projects).
i was able to score the last ball of cascade 220 superwash in my due lot from the yarn shop
so i can finish up the waffle hat (pattern for the twosome coming very soon; i know some of you want it ASAP). i didn’t waste any time being out of yarn for that; i just got started on the plain james hat, for which i am using my own snug cap for all sizes pattern.
who doesn’t love mission falls 1824 superwash? so i didn’t finish one hat as planned but i have two half-hats done. mmm, and these wonderful, red cushy socks are off the needles and ready to go into someone’s stocking. i just wish it was mine, but alas, they wouldn’t fit me.
then monday came and it was time to get back to classes and to work on design projects again. i worked on oh! canada most of the evening and got through about half of the second side (woo-hoo). i kinda ignored it most of the weekend so i had some catching up to do.
i’ve had the pattern memorized for some time so it’s possible to really sail along on it. i would love to finish this in the next couple of days and get it blocked. although, the christmas tree is now standing in the middle of my blocking area . . . a minor detail.
i felt good enough by the end of the evening about what i got done on that to take the second bee sock upstairs for my late-night knitting. we watched a chilean comedy and i got a
good start on it . . that is, i got through the most fiddly parts and the rest should be smooth (and speedy) sailing.
these are destined for another person’s stocking for the holiday, and i think there will be no problem getting them finished (CHA-ching).
tomorrow we will have the lovely marie antoinette pattern for release and hopefully, we will make it a double header with the waffle mitts and hat pattern as well. see you then . . . gotta go knit.