Friday, November 30, 2007

Goals for December

Well, every year I forget how busy November gets and every year I take on too much. I imagine it is the same for most of us out there, but somehow I forget and blithely agree to things in October and then find myself swamped. Work has been very busy and I have been very preoccupied with the craft stall for the school Christmas fair. Hence the lack of blogging.

Today is the last day of November, so how have I done on my goals? They were:

1. Make a poncho by Sunday for one of Lily's friends - eek! Done! (and she loved it - even better!)
2. Finish Clementine for Secret Pal and post final parcel by the 15th. Done!
Here is Lily modelling for me:


and a close-up of the front edge:


3. Finish scarf for ISE5 and mail. Still frantically knitting - will get it done in the next few days.
4. Knit 20 hair decorations and 20 corsages for the school fair. Other people are helping with the knitting too but I need to get these under way or it will be a panic. I have done 24 corsages and 18 hair bobbles, so not bad. I have also made 22 of these korknisse, which are so cute!:


5. Start Forest Canopy shawl (thank you, Jill, for this recommendation!) in the gorgeous Casbah Dorene gave me. Not started yet...
6. Block and donate Birch to school. Done! Here it is blocking:


and with Ellen modelling it:


and a close-up of those lovely leaves:


So, overall, not too bad, although I must finish my scarf and mail it next week.

My December goals are:
1. Finish ISE scarf and mail it by the end of next week at the latest.
2. Knit yet another baby kimono for someone at work - by next week if possible.
3. Knit the Forest Canopy shawl (I am now planning to give this to my stepmother for Christmas, so I had better get going).
4. Knit a secret something as a gift.
5. Knit some wristers for a friend's mum.
6. Knit three scarves for the children's teachers.

These all need to be done in the next couple of weeks and then I can get on with some old projects. I have picked up my Debbie Bliss cardigan again and will probably take that with me to knit in the car at Christmas (we have a long journey):

and I might dig out another project to take too - maybe something lacy.

Last night I got together with a few other mums from school to make up more goodies for the craft stall. I was going to make peg dolls, but Brigid gave me the bright idea up making up kits for the dolls to sell (cutting out a lot of work!), so last night we made up 50 kits, which was fantastic. I spent yesterday morning making some prototypes and writing the instructions for the kits and was very pleased with the products. Here is Santa, complete with knitted hat:


and an angel


Would you like me to put instructions on here for them?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Time is not on my side

This month seems to be flying by and when I am not with the children or working I seem to be running around sorting out the house and frantically knitting for the school fair. The corsages are coming on, although they are quite time-consuming and I am trying not to think about how much time they are taking in relation to how much we will raise for the school. I am having fun choosing the buttons for the centres, though, and am pleased with the results:


I managed to make a poncho for Lily's friend, which was a popular gift, but then Lily also had a great time at the party, which involved a trip to the cinema to see Ratatouille and a meal at Pizza Express (lucky girl!):


In between all the chores and general chaos I received a lovely parcel through the post. My ISE5 pal surprised me (and put me to shame - I am still knitting the scarf for my pal!) by sending my scarf just in time for all this cold weather we've been having:


Thanh has knitted a beautiful scarf in baby alpaca and it is gorgeously soft to wear, and a great colour - I just love it. Also in the parcel were all sorts of goodies, including a fabulous Burt's Bees hand-care kit, some lovely stitch markers that Thanh made, some cute teapot decorations:


and, because she is in Florida, a seashell Christmas ornament and some shells from the beach, which I just love:


The scarf is so pretty with a lovely lace pattern:


Thank you so much Thanh - I feel thoroughly spoiled!

I did manage to get to the iknit stitch'n'bitch day on Saturday, where there were plenty of stalls offering temptation and I bought some gorgeous hemp yarn from House of Hemp. But, before casting on a new project I am determined to finish off some longstanding projects and I am still working hard on my November goals. I want to finish Clementine this week and then I want to finish the scarf I am knitting for my ISE5 partner. I am snowed under with work too and after taking time out on Saturday had one of those Sundays that seems to revolve entirely around chores - cooking, cleaning and ironing. Still, it was worth it to bunk off on Saturday to be with Jill, Linda, Mary, Jill and Jacinta, and to spend a day fondling yarn!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

November planning

So, how did my plans for October go?
I wanted to
1. Finish the shrug for my sister's birthday. Done! And she loved it - success!
2. Do 10 repeats of Birch on the shawl for the school raffle. Done! I finished all the knitting on this on Tuesday and now need to block it before giving it to the school, so I'm really pleased with my progress.
3. Knit 10 flowers for the school fair. Not done - experimented with designs and I now know what I'm doing, so I've knitted around 5 - a start.
4. Start scarf for ISE5. Done! But I need to get cracking on this to get it in the mail on time! Will show pictures soon!
5. Start gift for Secret Pal. Done! I have started another Clementine which I think will be a relatively fast knit. I hope so as I want to get it in the post in two weeks' time!

My plans for November are a bit ambitious:
1. Make a poncho by Sunday for one of Lily's friends - eek!
2. Finish Clementine for Secret Pal and post final parcel by the 15th.
4. Finish scarf for ISE5 and mail.
5. Knit 20 hair decorations and 20 corsages for the school fair. Other people are helping with the knitting too but I need to get these under way or it will be a panic.
6. Start Forest Canopy shawl (thank you, Jill, for this recommendation!) in the gorgeous Casbah Dorene gave me.
7. Block and donate Birch to school.

Looking at that list it all seems a bit scary as I also have a book and a journal to edit and the Christmas shopping to do! At least there is this to look forward to...can't wait!