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Now The Real Fun Begins!

So, we closed on our new house on Friday. That means it’s time to really get focused on moving. We’ve been cleaning and purging and packing some, but nothing that remotely resembles close to being ready to go.

The urge to purge has been diminished quite a bit. We bought a house that was bigger than we expected to buy. The garage is huge and has lots of storage space, for better or worse. That means we’re to the point that we’re just chucking everything into boxes and we’ll sort it out at the other end. But we all know how that goes. There are boxes sitting in our garage right now that I moved here from my last house that are still full of the same crap that I moved INTO my last house. Oh well.

Knitting has taken a back seat to packing. I’m sorry to say I won’t be doing any more new stocking orders this year. I don’t even think I’m going to get much personal knitting done for Christmas this year. I do have several stockings to finish up for customers, and I’m going to be working hard to get those done in time for them to be enjoyed. I’ve spent this week’s allotted knitting time designing four stockings for a family that have been really fun to do. I love the designing process and I really enjoy making them so personal for each person.

My main focus for the next few weeks will be packing and moving and knitting the things that have to get done. Hubby’s sweater is on hold for a little bit, even though I’m working on the last piece. He’ll get it by the time he really needs it, though.

Also, I have yet to make Jellybean’s winter sweater for this year. I have the pattern picked out and the yarn is sitting right here. It’s just going to have to wait until after all the Christmas knitting is done. (Unless I can manage to get it done FOR Christmas… that’s a possibility.)

Lollypop and I are just cruising. I’m feeling lots of flutters, and I just love that. With all the craziness, it’s been difficult to bond with this baby, but feeling the movement helps a lot. I’m also starting to get a little bit of a bump, although it’s not noticeable to anyone but me and my blue jeans just yet. Jellybean talks about Lollypop some, too, which is just adorable.

Have a great week, my friends!

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Here Come the Holidays

December 1st already.

I totally blanked on last week’s post, sorry about that.

The last few weeks have been good, busy and productive. I am making good headway on my Christmas knitting list. Three hats are done, five more hats are in various stages of progress, the current cowl project is going very fast (YAY!) and there’s a pair of footwear that only requires some ends to be woven in. More than half of my gift list is in some stage of completion so I think I’m doing good!

(Note to self: keep your confidence in check and just keep plugging along.)

We’ve traveled a bit this week. Two overnight trips in one week make for a tired family and strung-out pets, but we got to see just about everyone we’re related to. We went to visit GiGi (Jellybean’s Great Grandma) over the weekend. She’s 98, has a very hard time hearing, but other than that, is still going strong. She’s a wonderful lady and we all enjoyed our visit so much. Jellybean has been talking about GiGi just about every day since.

We had Thanksgiving with my family and spent the night with my aunt before traveling home again. It was good to just hang out with my aunt and her family. This was the first Thanksgiving that my Grandmother wasn’t with us and I really missed her being there.

We didn’t go anywhere this weekend, except for short walks down to the lake. Everyone in the house was glad for that. We have four cats in our house and two of them don’t really get along well. They’re both on Prozac (really.) to keep them calmer and they both missed their dose the nights we were gone. I walked in the house Friday afternoon and saw a bunch of fur in the kitchen floor then I saw a bunch of blood spattered on the floor. When I went to search out the cats to make sure they were ok, I couldn’t find Calvin. It seems that Buddy, the one who picks the fights with Calvin, lost this battle. He has a scarred nose and ear and had a claw sheath stuck in the back of his neck. *sigh*… cats.

Anyway, in all the hustle and bustle, I did manage to whip up a really cute hat for Jellybean for this winter.

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This took me about two days. The body of the hat is crocheted, using the basic hat instructions from Repeat Crafter Me’s Crochet Owl Hat. The spikes are from Kris Hansen’s Dino Cap. It was a lot of fun to make and Jellybean looks so cute in it.

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As you can see, Mom, he has a a jacket that fits now and he’s keeping warm. 🙂

By the way, I’m pretty sure my mom’s the only one who acuatlly reads my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love that she reads it, but I just wonder if there’s anyone else in my audience? Leave me a comment and let me know. 🙂

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Stocking for Ian

Carrie is a friend of mine from high school. She asked me if I could make a stocking for her son, but needed some help with ideas. When I designed the train stocking, I thought it would be fun for Ian, too.

The first stocking had a small snowflake pattern around the foot that looked really good on the pattern, but I wasn’t 100% pleased with how it turned out in knit. So I came up with a few different ideas to go around the foot. One was larger snowflakes that were offset.

Ian Stocking Front

I have a couple of other ideas for the foot section and I’m not sure how the final design will end up. I do plan on writing up the pattern for this stocking, but if I like several ideas, I may end up including more than one option on the final pattern.

Ian Stocking Back

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Stockings for my family

With all these stockings I’ve been making, I guess I should show you the ones that started all this.

My husband had a great aunt who was widowed early and never remarried. She was very crafty – sewed and knitted a bunch of things. She doted on all her nieces and nephews and made them all stuffed animals for Christmas every year. There’s a whole tote of things she made for my husband and they’re all pretty darn awesome. (My favorites are the 10-lb octopus who’s armspan is about 6 feet and the hot air balloon, complete with a basket.)

Is this thing not awesome?!

Is this thing not awesome?!

She also made everyone in her extended family a stocking. As the years went on, she either loosened up her grip or started using larger needles, or possibly both, but the stockings got progressively bigger with each new family member. The joke was that she liked the new ones better so they got bigger stockings. When she passed away two years ago, she had several stockings in progress. Those were given to the intended people to finish or have finished.

This is one lady I am sad to have never known.

When Jellybean came along, I knew he needed a stocking. I knitted lots of things for him before he was born. A hat, mitten and sock set (that he outgrew in the womb,) a pair of warm wool pants (that I never put on him, for some reason,) and a jacket (that he DID get to wear a lot!) I’ve knit him several hats and another wool coat, but I hadn’t yet made him a stocking. I was too scared of color work.

There are so many designs to choose from out there. I was stuck in analysis paralysis for several months, just trying to pick out a design. I finally settled on a snowman from Annie’s woolens.

James Stocking Blog

I made a few mistakes, but it was so much fun! I decided to make one each for my husband and myself. I really like the holly pattern Doug picked out for his stocking. It’s a classic.

Doug Stocking Blog

I picked out the moose for myself. That one was so off-the-wall, I figured it suits me just fine.

Abby Stocking Blog

I do have a confession, though. I am considering remaking the stocking for James. His was the first I made, it was quite the learning curve, there are mistakes that are very noticeable to me and I hadn’t yet designed the train stocking. I am thinking of doing another stocking in the train pattern for him. If not this year, then maybe next year.

Family Stockings

At any rate, we all have stockings and I will be so proud to hang these up at Christmas!

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