Monday, November 29, 2010

Been there; done that.



Once again, a slight wave of panic fills my knitting soul. I'm not done, not even close to being done with holiday knitting. Every year I promise myself that I won't knit any holiday gifts, but I do.


This year, I have a little something different in mind for my holiday knitting. If it can't be completed in one or two days, I won't even consider the project. That means, if you're on my list, you can expect a hat, bulky mittens or a cowl.


You won't be the lucky recipient of these Can Cans. While they're relatively quick--this pair was cast on Friday, worked on solely all weekend-- they're not quick enough. I think I can blame the itty-bitty needles and the fingering weight yarn. I've visited this pattern before and made them for Kathleen. I came across another skein of yarn in the same color and so I'm making them again for a friend (a mentor, really) who asked for them because her office is cold. Once I finish these, I'll seriously tackle the rest of my holiday gift giving list.


There's only one big problem with my plan and that's the Nordic stocking hat and gloves pattern that is screaming for me to begin already. I stopped by the yarn store yesterday and bought the sport weight wool in all the right colors. I even went to Office Depot to enlarge the Fair Isle pattern 150% so that I can see. I'm trying hard, really hard to ignore the voices telling me to cast on now.


Maybe just a swatch to get a feel for the yarn and pattern. That's not dangerous, is it?



11 comments:

NCmountainwoman said...

Nope. Don't even cast it on, much less do a little swatch. It is a gorgeous pattern and great yarn though.

sapphireblue said...

Would it be normal if a knitting didn't wait till the last minute to do Christmas knitting? My co-worker has been pregnant for 8 months. I had fair warning. I haven't started the baby shower gift which is taking place in two weeks.

Miss 376 said...

You know how it is, once you start, you can't stop

The Bug said...

I'll take a cowl, and a nordic hat please! And my birthday is in March - plenty of time for those Can Cans! Heh.

Stephanie V said...

Oh, just a swatch won't hurt. Then you'll know for sure how it's all going to look. Love those mittens.

Funny, when I saw the Can Can pattern there, I recognized it. As one I've had in my downloads for far too long without doing something about it. Time for casting on here too?

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

so lovely! hey i could make that little beaded thingy!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Brenda said...

I love the fingerless gloves! I dream of knitting things as quickly as you do. I remember the beautiful gloves you did that looked like a tree. Am I remembering right?

Jane/WTKnits said...

Don't even swatch......it IS too dangerous! But they are going to be lovely.

Gail said...

You need a project by every chair! Beautiful pattern.

I love the fingerless gloves.

jeannette said...

Love both the Can Cans and the Nordic hat! Good luck with the racing with time!

Catherine said...

I love the gloves - and I might just try the can-can warmers! I am still on a sock binge and think it will be time to move on after this pair are done - cable and rib, lovely and cosy. I need a new hat - have plenty of wool and it's so cold now better get going!
Catherine