Look what I got in the mail! A prize I won in a drawing at togbean's place.
It's a Christmas Chicken! It's so sweet, but I feel like it belongs in a Pear Tree, don't you? Just as elegant as the Partridge and it'll have a special place in my tree next year. Sara made it herself. Actually she made a whole flock. She's really talented with the needle. knitting. sewing. embroidery.
And of course I have to show off the quilt my friend, Sammie sent from Georgia. It's a Calendar quilt ... notice the sheep in the top right hand corner for March? In like a Lion and out like a Lamb. I just LOVE, Sammie's quilts. And there's always room for more.
BTW, I got the mittens done! Yippee. But I noticed that no one else had any doubts that I would finish them before the end of December. Actually, your encouragement does help keep me from giving up. I like these mittens. They were easy to do. I used yarn left over from the fingerless mitts. Which is why they are stripey ... I used every bit I could too. And I like the red thumb, LOL. The basic pattern came from the book in the picture, Hats Gloves Scarves. Good basic patterns in this book. I highly recommend it. Especially for a beginner knitter. The knits are classic and an experienced knitter can build on them also. I'll be knitting more from this book. In fact, I have the Red Scarf Project coming up for January IAP at M.I.T. ... more on that later.
But right now ... this very weekend ... I'm knitting up Fingerless gloves. WHAT? Oh yah, they're for a my sister, Shelly's birthday on January 21st. I figure if I get them done now, they'll go off in the mail ... on time for a change! [I'm awful when it comes to birthdays.] And I wanted to try this new pattern from The Giving Flower.
But for those moments of mindless knitting ... you know when people are talking or the TV is on or I just need to meditate ... I'm working on this ... a luscious scarf ... knit with Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Got the yarn with a gift certificate the DH gave me for Christmas to use at the Seed Stitch Fine Yarn store. It was burning a hole in my wallet don't you know, so I used it for this beautiful yarn I've had my eye on for WEEKS. Just cast on 120 stitches on size 8 circulars 20 inch and knit, knit, knit until all your yarn is gone. 4 skeins. Heather says it's addictive and should be called "Cracksilk Haze". That's how additive it is to knit with Mohair ... but I think it's THIS yarn, Rowan Kidsilk Haze that's additive, LOL.
And then there's Starsky ... here's a peek of my progress so far. I anticipate this being "missing-in-action" for awhile because I have a lot of other knitting to get done first. So stay tuned for Starsky.
Looks like another month of Happy Knitting!