Baking and knitting

I’ve been baking all day. That’s a batch of rolls to the left; my tired Kitchenaid in the back. In the front? That’s two yarn shipments: one from Woolgirl, the other from The Loopy Ewe. My husband hinted that he’d like some socks for Christmas, so I ordered some Dream in Color Smooshy to comply. Since we settled on an argyle pattern, these skeins will make multiple pairs.

I’ve raved before about Sonny and Sheer’s customer service, so I have to give a shout out to both Woolgirl and The Loopy Ewe. Woolgirl included a project ruler and a sample of Soak with a handwritten note. The Loopy Ewe also wrote me a note and tucked in needle inventory cards along with some small yarn samples.

I love the meaningful freebies and the personal touch. I bought from both of these companies because neither had all four colors I needed. I was thrilled that both shipped almost immediately, both arrived within days, and both were wrapped up smartly. I’m over the moon in love with the yarn, too. Yay for wonderful yarn sellers!

November already?!?!

The holidays are often stressful for knitters. Who to knit for? What to make? Will I have enough time? I sort of backed into my own method of deciding: I only knit for two people each Christmas. It’s my mom and dad’s turn this year as I realized that they’re the only remaining family members I haven’t knit for! It’s also convenient that my mom saw the Flower Basket Shawl I knit myself and instantly said, “I can have one.” She picked out a brown lace, and it’s already nearing the half-way point.

My dad is a little harder to figure out. He’s the type who just gets whatever he needs or wants and is thus very hard to shop/knit for. Living on the Third Coast (I’m personally trying to get that to become THE term for the Gulf Coast), he doesn’t have much need for winterwear except for business trips where it’s often necessary. He’s not big on accessories, though. My mom’s advocating for felted slippers (like these and these), but I’m not sure they’re the win. I thought about making him a nice scarf for those work trips or even a pair of socks, but mom didn’t think those would go over as well. I’ve already got the yarn for the slippers, so we’ll see how this goes.

In other holiday news, I’ve got a tree skirt I began cross-stitching … oh, I don’t know … like eight years ago that I haven’t touched in six or so years. I should finish that. I’d also like to knit my husband and me our own stockings, but that may wait for next year.

Who are you knitting for? Any holiday knitting traditions out there? Any patterns you want to share?

And because I don’t have any knitting photos: some gratuitous cat photos.
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