I'm looking forward to giving these back to Rachel. Oddly, it's rather warm around here right now (warm = 40s in December), so the need for mittens isn't as great as it usually is the week before Christmas.
After I finished the mitten, I was searching for a new project. I decided that it would be a treat to knit something to give to someone randomly. Well, okay, not randomly, because, really, this is me we're talking about. I wanted to knit something I hadn't planned on knitting to give to someone who wouldn't expect it. It would be something I hadn't planned to give as a Christmas gift, so there would be no pressure to get it finished quickly. Even so, the first half of the project went quite fast.
Pleased with myself, I started the second. I was knitting a great gift with leftover sock yarn! Hooray! Not surprisingly, I then promptly ran out of yarn. Boo.
I'll order more and get these finished soon.
On Friday, we celebrated Christmas with Andrew's extended family. While there, Andrew's grandpa asked me if I'd knit him a scarf. Bien sur. I love Andrew's grandpa. When I asked him what color he wanted, he said blue. When I asked him what color blue, he said, "You know, just normal blue." Then he pointed to his Colts baseball cap. Aha. Gotcha. I went to the yarn store yesterday at lunch and bought three skeins of Cascade 128. After work, I started this:
Rupe scarf knit in Cascade 128 in normal blue*
We all know I'm a whore for cables, so this is a perfect knit for me.
While I was shopping for the yarn, the owner asked me if I was trying to get the scarf done by Christmas. I took a moment to be grateful that I was not buying yarn on December 20 for a gift on December 24. (Yes, we have another Christmas with Andrew's family even though we had one on Friday. I cannot explain why we have six different Christmas celebrations every year, but we do. Luckily, we like our families, so it's fine.) A tiny voice in my head said, "Hey, do you think you could get it done by Christmas Eve?" I am trying to ignore that voice. I have a cold and all the tiredness and crankiness that brings with it, so I'm trying to give myself grace and tell myself there is no way I'll have this done by Christmas Eve.
Maybe New Year's.
I hope you are all having a great week leading up to Christmas, and, if you're Jewish, happy Hanukah! I celebrate Christmas and work in a synagogue, so I get to enjoy both holidays.
May your days be merry and bright!
*Okay, it's not really called normal blue, but I left the ball band at home.