I got the Harvest cardigan cast-on (here’s the “official” project page). YES! The photo above is the progress I had made since casting on December 22nd up to yesterday morning.
Here’s the progress of yesterday (about 16 rows of new progress). I did a lot of “waiting” knitting. Waiting for hubby’s colonoscopy to be completed. Waiting for the tire shop to determine and fix my leaking tire problems. Waiting for the laundry to wash/dry. I’m not complaining. If I can get this much knitting done by waiting…..SIGN ME UP!!! 😉
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! The last couple of days have been a blur of activity. I also wanted to share a photo of the gift I received from a very dear friend. Isn’t it beautiful? Knitting friends are the best kind of friends to have! I don’t think this is something I would have ever bought for myself…..but now, I can’t wait to find just the right yarn to put into it! Which, of course, means I will also have to find the perfect project to knit from the yarn……looks like I’ll be spending some time on Ravelry soon!
Have any projects that you’ve really enjoyed knitting lately?
Here’s the current project I had been working on. It was a hat that I hoped to get finished before Christmas. Yeah! That’s not going to happen! I’m now ripping it back and re-claiming the yarn. I had 2 MAJOR failures with this project.
- I decided to cast-on 84 stitches to make the hat a little snugger (instead of the 96 I usually cast-on-which can be a little looser than I think they should be).
- I FORGOT to change needle size after the ribbing.
Now, here’s the thing….How on earth can one continue knitting (a full 9 inches of length) clear up to just beginning the crown decreases and NOT notice the hat doesn’t seem quite right? Here’s the point where I decided maybe I should try on the hat and see how it fits. AND. It’s too TIGHT! ARRRGH! And so I began the frogging process! Which also means one less Christmas gift. Maybe I should have followed my 2017 goals a little closer!
I’ve decided I’m not going to whine about this hat failure any longer (I might wine over it though…..). I’m just taking this as an omen that Christmas knitting is OVER for 2017 (there were really only 3 days left anyway) and I’m going to cast on a Harvest cardigan for me. Even with my sweater phobia (as explained in this post), I’m DETERMINED to knit a sweater! I’m going to officially proclaim 2018 the year of the sweater! We’ll see how that works out for me…….
Just 5 days until Christmas and I’m still baking. I found a couple of Cake Mix Cookie recipes from Betty Crocker that are really fast (and good!). The first one is this Cake Mix Fudge Crinkle Cookies. I swapped out a Red Velvet Cake Mix for the Devil’s Food Cake Mix because I thought the red color was a little more festive. The second one was this Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies. I used red and green sugar sprinkles in place of the sugar/cinnamon mixture to make them a little more Christmas-y. If you need Christmas cookies in a hurry, I highly recommend Cake Mix Cookies. If the recipes above don’t appeal to you, there are a ton more on Betty Crocker’s website. Just type “Cake Mix Cookies” in the search bar to find your favorite. If you try baking any of these Cake Mix Cookies, I’d Love to hear what you think of them!
My hubby and I like to give out goodie trays to friends and neighbors at Christmas. Sometime in November, my oven decided it no longer wanted to heat. At all. That makes baking a little difficult. Last Friday, hubby surprised me with a new stove and oven! WHOOHOO! Let the baking begin!
With just a week until Christmas, I’ll have to make the most of my baking time if I want to get any goodies made. Luckily, I have some time-saving tricks up my sleeve! I thought I’d share some of them with you.
- Use store bought mixes. Sure, if you have time, homemade is ALWAYS better. BUT. There’s less than a week until Christmas and if you can save time using a mix…..do it! The gift recipient will not be able to tell whether you measured out every ingredient. I promise.2. Think small. Mini cupcakes, mini cakes and mini bread loaves. Baking the full-size version takes the same amount of time, but, by baking smaller sizes you have more goodies for more people. Besides the smaller sizes are just so darn cute!3. Almond bark. This stuff is FABULOUS! Melt it in the microwave (or stovetop if you prefer, but the microwave is MUCH faster!) and drizzle over breads, cookies, cupcakes and popcorn (that’s right, popcorn is great for gifts, check out this recipe!) You can also use it to make barks like this one. 4. Holiday mix-ins and extracts. Add some seasonal flavor to your (store-bought) mixes with extract flavors like orange, mint and almond. For mix-ins, think crushed candy canes, cranberries (fresh or dried), nuts and coated chocolate.
There you have it….my quick holiday baking tips. I hope you found some tips you can use to speed up your holiday baking! What are you waiting for…..get baking!
The hats are FINISHED! AND. Actually wrapped and ready to ship! I’m so pleased!
I decided to put pompoms on the toddler’s and mom’s hats. I used this tutorial because I was STRUGGLING to make a decent pompom.
That’s not all though…..
Remember this sweater I was working on? I was bored beyond words working on it and I KNEW I was going to have to rip this out in 2018. BUT. Then I had a revelation…..why not just bind it off and make a cowl out of it?!?! That, my friends, is exactly what I did! HA!HA! One WIP turns to a FO! Plus. Another gift (also wrapped and ready to ship)!
I also finished this hat awhile back (sometime in November, I think). I gifted it to a co-worker who was starting a new job with a different company. Don’t you LOVE the colors? So bright and cheery!
10 days until Christmas, I wonder what else I can get done!
Even though I count these as finished (yes, that’s right, I consider them finished once the knitting is done…..), obviously I have a million ends to weave in (and block, let’s not forget blocking). I had mentioned (in this post) that I wanted to do a trio of hats for the family of the sweater owner. Preferably before Christmas. I might even make it. You know, if I keep at it and not get distracted by a new project…..
How’s your gift knitting coming along?