Every year Hubby takes the girls out to shop for me for Christmas. They make a whole day of it, eating out and usually catching a movie as well. This year, that day is today, which means I am home alone in total peace and quiet. (Except that my iTunes is actually blasting Foo Fighters at the moment.)
Anyhoo, I have more to show. In keeping with tradition, I made my Dad a "sleeveless sweater" for Christmas. Followed my basic design, used a Knit 7, Purl 1 rib for the body and then added stranded color patterns from Knitting Fair Isle Mittens & Gloves by Carol Noble. The yarn is Paton's Classic Wool and I used a variegated skein for the colorwork so I didn't have to change colors.
(Note the snow. We had a big storm a couple weeks ago. Hasn't really been above freezing since then, so I don't think it will ever melt.)
I also finished a shawl for my Mom. The pattern is Wisteria Arbor Shawl from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. I used Regia Bamboo sock yarn and it took the better part of two balls. My mom is wool-phobic, but I don't think she will notice the 40% superwash because of the lovely bamboo.
I blocked the heck out of it with wires and lots of pins to get the pointy edge. I bought her a shawl pin to wear with it, but did not think to take a picture before I put it in the mail. We will be in AZ the week after Christmas, so maybe I'll remember then. (Don't hold your breath!)
One more picture, just some fiber I dyed for spinning buddies for Christmas. Mostly Kool-Aid with a little food color here and there.
I cannot remember what the fiber was, just a ball of natural roving that had been in my stash for awhile. Wool for sure, breed unknown.
I had fun dying these and I was a little sad to give them away, so I put Kool-Aid on my grocery list. There will be more fun with dye in the new year!
This is likely my last post of 2010. Between Christmas and our upcoming trip, my plate is pretty full. (And I get to be on call this week as an extra treat!) Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday and I'll meet you over in 2011!