I have a confession to make, I’m a bit of a Christmas Grinch. There’s many reasons for this, all of which I won’t bore you with, but put simply I don’t like Christmas very much. Well, I usually don’t like Christmas very much but this year I actually looked forward to it. I didn’t get into the Christmas carols very much (I never really do) but I didn’t approach the season with the same sense of loathing I generally feel. Maybe it’s because it sneaked up on me a little, or maybe it’s because we were spending Christmas with people that I really like…. or maybe it was a combination of both. Anyway, needless to say I actually really really enjoyed my Christmas this year. Mr HKWT and I even went shopping on Christmas Eve (with only 1 child) and the shops weren’t crazy (and I got some great stuff for me :p).
Christmas Day was jam packed with loads of presents for the kids (too much I think, too much remarked my 12 year old nephew and even the mother in law – who was concerned we couldn’t get it all home, not enough said my 4 year old), amazing food, great company and my Gingerbread House which has become a tradition in our house ♥. Even the weather was pleasant. Not too hot which is always a nice surprise.
I think the highlight of my Christmas Day was the gift my sister-in-law made for my Sunny Girl. She is by far the best sister in law ever! She’s creative and generous, she’s an amazing artist and an excellent cook. I always love visiting their place as I know I will always be fed well and my children are loved like they are my brother in law and sister in laws own. When my husband opened the present and showed me the hat (the little sunshine is a badge that we can reuse on all other future hats) it quite literally made me teary. It is the most thoughtful and beautiful gift ♥
The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People was burning a hole in my knitting bag so I gave it to my niece as an early birthday present. She loves it and it went so nicely with what she was wearing (still too hot for wearing too much wool though). I hope she gets a lot of wear out of it in the coming cooler months. I have plans to make a cuffie with the left over yarn, I started on a design that I had in my head, but it needs some tweaking and a smaller needle, so I ripped it out and bought the yarn back home (do any knitters take all their needles with them when they go away?).
I finished Mud Puddles. I didn’t have the right needle for the bottom edge so I continued with the 4mm and I think it looks fine. Now I’m just waiting for the buttons to arrive. Shortly after I finished that (and tinkered around with the cuffie) I started on J.J’s Artichaut. I’m trying out the seamless version. Now that I’ve made one I understand the instructions and know what I’m doing, when I started the first one the instructions for the seamless version was like reading another language. J.J is thrilled to bits that I’ve started on hers, I gave her the option of the seed stitch pattern or just a plain version. After staring at her sister’s for a while she settled on the seed stitch pattern. I’m not so sure about it but if that’s what she wants that’s what I’ll knit for her.
M.I.A took every opportunity while we were away to wear hers and I couldn’t be more thrilled with her showing it off ♥. If anything, seeing how good it looked on her made me want to knit another one more than ever. I’m happy to be knitting J.J’s and hope that it looks as good as the first one once complete.
I also started the Aestlight Shawl but being too pedantic for my own good I ripped the whole thing out last night and started again. It’s a long story, but in order to give some explanation for such a rash decision (I’d almost finished the garter triangle), one of the loops along the edge was sitting differently to the others. I noticed this as we were driving home from our visit to Canberra, I ummed and ahhed over it for a few moments (it was quite a few rows back) and then decided to not worry about it. When we stopped for afternoon tea I mentioned it to my husband, within a few seconds of looking at my work he pointed and said “It’s there isn’t it?”. That made the decision for me, I ripped it back and picked up the stitches but since then there have been loose stitches all over the place and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Last night I made the decision that I couldn’t live with those mistakes and started again. I’m happy with the decision and I guess that’s the main thing.
I’ll be back by the end of the week with a new book I picked up and some yummy yarn that I got for Christmas (ok, I was given the money and then I went and chose the yarn….. I doubt my MIL ever expected me to spend it on yarn :p) to show you.
How was your Christmas?