Ornament Memories, Gifts, and Sleeve Knitting
I am finding myself randomly humming Christmas songs as I walk about and get my chores done, the giving season has started for me. Earlier this week, I pulled past purchases from the year out of my closet in my studio room to see who in my family is receiving what gift. Years ago I started to shop for the holidays all year round. If I see something that I think someone will like, I buy it. The problem is that sometimes I forget what I have (that comes with age I guess).
So I do inventory, I make piles on the carpeted floor and assess the gifts. This year I also knit gifts throughout the year-that was a wise decision for me. My shopping burden and knitting burden is light. When we exchange with my side of the family, we have a money limit that makes the holiday affordable and fun.
My sister and I started a holiday tradition for our children years ago that the gift would be money (they love that!) and a Christmas ornament. When they leave to start their own families, they will have an abundance of ornaments from this tradition. Two years ago, my tree was brimming with homemade ornaments, so much so that I thinned out all the triples, quadruples, and made a bag for each of my children-again for their future trees. My mother was a prolific ornament maker-I love decorating the tree and holding some of her creations and remembering her. I also have a few of my grandmother's creations.
I am nearly finished with one sleeve and soon the other sleeve will be on the needles. Sleeves take forever mentally and I wonder why? I did decide to knit them back and forth adding an extra stitch on each side for seaming. I'll let you know what I think and how it goes. Because I'm crazy, I volunteered to knit a test knit on ravelry for a friend. She wrote up her first pattern and I saw it on my friend activity page and fell in love. So that is the green creation above.
I have one tiny snag, I'm not sure I have enough yarn!! So when it's late at night I knit this hat and wonder "is there enough yarn?"
That my friends is how I live on the wild side of life!
Psst---I'm having a giveaway that you can read all about over here. I will be announcing a winner on Monday :)