I once wrote of my horror of too many WIPs (work-in-progress). It seems I’m bound to have to occasionally eat my own words. I have three projects on the needles at present! Three! I’m sure this is still a reaction to having two projects back to back that stretch out over a year (0r two), because suddenly I want to do All The Things!!!
The Evelyn is on hold probably until after Christmas. I love the sweater. I love the pattern. After Christmas, during that week between holidays, I will gladly return to it as I drink my tea and enjoy our Christmas break. Besides, I chose to knit it in Icelandic wool, and it’s still in the 60s and 70s here.
The Quick & Thick Mountain Man Boot Socks began as a quick response to Haus Meister’s request to socks for Christmas. That’s now been changed to slippers since we found these soles, but the pattern is nice and I want to go back to it again sometime. I finished three inches there while waiting in line to vote. I know I got a few quizzical looks, but I also made a few ladies smile and one told me she wished she’d thought of bringing her own knitting. The yarn I am using was discontinued, causing no little shock here because that yarn had been a Christmas gift from him to me not so very long ago (I thought). So another reason I’m doing All The Things is also because I want to start going through my stash. (Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Thunderhead)
The Stocking Ornament is something I thought of after getting this year’s Comfort and Joy Advent bundle. I have been reading Elizabeth Foss’ blog for about eight years now and have enjoyed the love and attention she puts into her family celebrations. Advent and Christmas was such a fun part of our own childhoods so Haus Meister and I have enjoyed these years of blending and creating traditions. This year we are going to have the children hang their stockings on St. Nicholas Eve, and during the recent visit with my sister and mother, we discussed the idea Elizabeth puts in her book, about giving each child an ornament at Christmas that can go with them to their future home.
I love that. I do have several ornaments that have come with me from my parents’ house (including the Ugly Nutcracker that my sister also wanted, so one year I graciously gave it back). The only problem I could foresee with gifting ornaments is that we tend to buy plastic ornaments by the bulk in those wannabe elegant sets from Wal-Mart or Lowes in the hope that said ornaments might survive the season. Did I want to spend an extra $4 per child ($36!) on 9 individual fragile ornaments that might last if I put them up VERY high and nothing occurs to knock down the tree. Resin ornaments are as worthless as glass when they hit the family room floor, by the way. So in the stash busting spirit, I decided to knit some ornaments and give them with my love. I think that will do just fine.
Reading? I’ve been returning to Sally and Sarah Clarkson’s The Life Giving Home often throughout this year, and especially this Fall. It has been a great aid in helping me think of ways to make a haven here during a year that has drained us all in more ways than one. Also, of course, the aforementioned Advent planner, particularly the journal. It may be early, but we’re hosting Thanksgiving and Advent comes directly after. It’s a soothing thing to plan for at the end of a year that has drained us all in one way or another. Plus it is the season of hope. And that’s a lovely thing.