Oh Those December Days

Eighteen days people. The pressure is most certainly on! I very happily cast off my latest project, and after 360 rows, I’m rather happy to see it pinned on my blocking boards! For me, this means three gifts have been lovingly completed, and three are still on my needles. This weekend, I looked at my coffee table, which was completely covered in yarn, different colours, different fibres, but where ever I turned, there was yarn attached to needles! I’m very excited for January when I can share all of these projects that have been keeping me rather busy.

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No harm in a little sneak peek!

In other news, winter has found us in southern Ontario! The snow has fallen once, but has yet to stick around, and the temperatures are slowly but steadily dropping. My favourite knits are being put to use, and one is foolish to leave the comforts of home without at least a scarf and mitts. The snow first fell a few weekends ago, the Sunday right after I returned from Florida. It truly was a cold Canadian welcome home, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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With eighteen days, how are your holiday knits coming along? Are you knitting for yourself or are you gift knitting?

 

The Pressure is on for Holiday Knitting!

It’s happened.  It’s November.  For knitters, this is a great season, because I rarely leave the house without something woolen to keep me warm! My fingers are kept warm by my favourite wrist warmers, and my Fourth Doctor Scarf is getting well worn (as it should!), as are other favourite scarves and cowls. Out from ‘retirement’ from the warm summer weather, this is the time for yarn-laden loveliness to shine, and so it does.  However, this is also the time of the year that my needles get little rest, for I am deep into gift knitting!

With the calendar month changing, panic is starting to sink in.  How on earth am I going to get everything that I need to get done, actually done?  Of the 6+ gifts I’m working away at, only one is complete.  This is not a great stat.  As I always do, I’m loving the process of creating, the feel of the yarn, and the great sense of satisfaction of watching my project grow, round after round and row after row, but as I knit and purl, I am feeling a slight sense of anxiety with every stitch: knit faster!! Keep going!! Go, go, go!!  It will all come together, as it always does, but staring down the barrel of 52 day clock, the pressure is certainly on!

A glimpse at the latest project I have cast on
A glimpse at the latest project I have cast on

Holiday knitting check-in: How are your gifts coming along?

Happy knitting (now excuse me, I must return to my latest WIP)!

‘Tis The Season

To start thinking about Christmas knitting!  Can you believe there is only 93 days until the holiday?

Late last week, I cast on what will likely be my largest gift.  I won’t post too much here in case the person I’m making it for somehow stumbles upon this site (very much doubt they will, but one never knows).  Once it’s finished, gifted, and worn by the recipient, I’ll post pictures, because even at a few inches knit, I’m very happy with its progress.

Making this item, I wanted to make sure that it was done right.  This meant knitting a gauge swatch.  Have I lamented about how much I hate gauge swatching on this blog yet?  You know, I don’t remember either, so here it comes: I HATE making a gauge swatch.  I know that I’m a product driven knitter, so knitting a square for the sake of knitting a square is so insanely DULL to me!  Can I let you in on a little secret?  I cheat when I make my gauge swatches.  More often then not, I cast on about half of what they recommend, and I knit about half the rows I’m supposed to, check my tension, then rip back and cast on for real.  Yes, I know, I know, this is not how it’s done… At least when I knit the swatch for this latest WIP, I cast on MORE stitches then recommended and got the desired 4 inches wide, and well, old habits died hard when it came to knitting the rows… sigh.

My cheater’s gauge swatch

I’m working diligently on this gift, and I have another item on my needles that will also be gifted, so once again, no pictures of that WIP.  I have a feeling holiday knitting will be keeping me busy for quite some time!

Have you started your holiday knitting yet?

The Symphony and Barenaked Ladies

Went downtown in the cold,
6:30 on a Friday Night,
Just to check out the late night,
Music show…

I don’t think I’ve discussed my deep love of the Barenaked Ladies yet on this blog.  So this post is fairly overdue! There are a few bands that I have loved for decades or more, their music is familiar and comforting.  Along with the Beatles, the Who, and Meat Loaf, the Barenaked Ladies are one of these bands.  Yes, I have a very eclectic taste in music.

With my signed copy of Grinning Streak - BNL did a signing for Record Store Day, so of course I went!
With my signed copy of Grinning Streak – BNL did a signing for Record Store Day, so of course I went!

I was fairly young when Gordon was released, and the pop-y, silly songs on that album appealed to me (Grade 9, Enid, and, of course, If I Had $1,000,000).  The band and the album were vetted by my older, cooler cousin, so obviously, it was a good choice.  I remember buying Maybe You Should Drive on cassette tape.  It was a big deal.  I fell out of the BNL for a time, but I fell headfirst back in when they released Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits.  And I fell hard.  My first concert was with my sister at Massey Hall in 2005; I’ve been to a handful of shows since, and every concert guarantees to be a fun time.

I like giving my sister concert tickets for her birthday.  It’s hard to buy for someone who has a birthday so close to Christmas, but it gives us a fun night out, fun sister-bonding time.  Her past birthday was no exception, and two Fridays ago, we were at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto for their Holiday concert.  What made this concert so unique was that it was with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The crowd was slightly more subdued than usual, but the music was outstanding!  A number of their timeless hits were performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  This brought about a fullness to the songs, and it was such a great complement to the quartet.

Our pic pic after the show at Roy Thomson Hall
Our pic pic after the show at Roy Thomson Hall

Katie and I were also on a mission – we wanted to meet some Ladies.  So after the show, we waited with some other devoted fans, and after an hour or so, the band members took time as they were leaving to meet and greet with the fans.  K and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed both the concert and their music, and we got photographs with the three members we met!  They were genuine, nice, and so great about taking a few pictures with fans.  It truly made our night, such a simple gesture from them.

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