I’m a happy person this week because my darling daughter is back in the country. It is so nice to have her around again. 🙂
So far we haven’t done much because I had to finish the last two days at work, but now that I’m properly on vacation, the fun times start! Yesterday before work, we baked my favourite orange muffins with cream cheese centre (she got up with the birds because she’s still jet-lagged). It was lovely to chat and have girlie catch-up times while the boys slumbered. (Although she may be slightly mortified to think her old mum thought she was ‘hanging out’ with a hip teenager… ;P)
She likes the socks, and I got the size right!
When I got home from work yesterday afternoon, there may have been some squealing at the discovery that my Christmas treat to me had arrived:
There was a 30 second internal debate about putting it under the tree for Christmas day, but on reflection I decided that it would be far better to digest it now. 😀 There’s too much distraction/activity on Christmas Day to properly appreciate one’s gifts anyway, and besides, the content looked far too exciting! My favourites so far:
Barnwood Pullover by Grace Anna Farrow. I’m not familiar with this designer, but her sweater is exactly what I’m looking for to go with my lovely marled alpaca yarn. I’m very much the “over-sized relaxed fit” sweater girl, so this is just the right shape. I’m going to modify the stitch pattern, and use DK weight yarn instead of worsted, but the basic instructions will be handy for the shape and fit I want.
Market jacket by Tanis Gray. It has the perfect amount of cabling and it looks smart but casual. I might lengthen the sleeves though.
Cobblestone Trenchcoat by Veera Valimaki. I’ve admired this on Ravelry, so was very pleased to find that November Knits was the book the pattern came from! I’m not sure I’ll knit it though. There’s a dislike of short rows happening here, especially where sleeve caps are concerned. Perhaps if I adapt it…
Trefoil Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. Just the right amount of fair isle! Just the right shape! And pockets!! A little swatching may have already started…
I can’t believe it’s still a few days ’til Christmas! Seems that if you are organised (and you keep it simple) that everything does fall into place after all. The shopping and planning is done, and there’s nothing to do now by enjoy the days with the kids and relax. Bliss! I’m not quite sure what happened there. One minute I was staring into a vortex of ‘nothing has been done yet’ and suddenly, it’s organised, sorted, done. It’s quite gratifying.
The secret knitting actually got completed in time to send off. I hope the recipient has received it, but I’m not sure. So I’ll wait to know before I do the reveal of a new pattern.
I’ve started a new sock.
This is Shur’tugal, a free Alice Yu pattern. It’s far easier than it looks, and I’m absolutely loving it. In fact, it’s rather hard to put down. Thanks Kb for the recommendation!
The yarn is the amazing, but now no longer Fibre Alive, which I hope James will one day rekindle. In the meantime, I treasure every single precious skein of this gorgeous yarn and wish so much that I had been a little more ‘financial’ during the time he was in business so as to have been able to invest in more of it than I have (although it is 100% NZ merino, the tight twist has made it an incredibly durable yarn, which wears very well. Not to mention his beautiful colourways.)
I could prattle on, but I think I have gone on long enough for today!
I hope all your preparations are going well for the turn of the year and the festive season, and that all is well where you are.