Friday, December 19, 2014

Gonna do some knitting....

Hi, Knitters,
I'm in full-swing Christmas-mode right now. Are you in your holiday-mode, too? 

Time is short. 
Knitting is long. 
Sunlight is none. 

It is very difficult to take good photos when every day is gray and foggy. It is dark, dark, dark all day long. I miss the sunshine. Today I did my best with the trusty camera and I want to share some of what I have been working on.

I am not going to link everything today to save some time. Please google for the links if you are interested in anything I have mentioned in the post. Thank you for understanding.

Well, I am so happy to have finished the Tinsel Socks. I used Desert Vista Dyeworks Holiday Stripes mismatched on purpose half-skein set and carried the sock yarn with a glitter-y thread of tinsel from Kreinik Thread. The socks sparkle and shimmer like no tomorrow. 

The shoes are Birkenstocks in the Bern style and they are wool. 
The socks are so elf-like. I truly love them.

For my son I have completed a pair of smart looking Kristin Nicholas Regia Garden Effects socks.

Heels and toes are in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock.

The Regia will hold up so well and they look really cool. I am excited to give these to him.

I have this first sock completed past the heel and gusset and onto the foot. This pair is a gift for Christmas day. 

The yarn is Patons Kroy Socks in the Singin' the Blues colorway. I kinda love it a lot.

Will I get the pair done for Christmas? Time will tell.

I have recently picked this back up in my hands, the Rainbow Gradient sock set by KnitCircus.

Yeah. These are going to be really good. I have knit an 8-inch cuff so that all of the colors will be reached by the time I get to the toe. I hope it works. I think it will.

The needles are Signature Needle Arts dpns, 6-inch length. I always order 5 needles.

12 Holiday placemats are completed! I have way more than 12 people coming for Christmas dinner but it's a good start for this year anyway. 

I may have some more non-holiday fabric placemat sewing in the works for gifts. I am hoping to get it all done in time.

I used the rag quilt technique with batting. There are videos on YouTube showing how to do this.

My husband brought home an Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY Kit from work. It was some sort of gag gift. Old TC had to make it. She designed the lay out, I glued. See all of those little glitter ornaments and jingle bells next to the Santa? Those still need to be sewn on. I will do this later today. I'm pretty sure this will get wrapped up and given to someone on Christmas morning.

Yesterday my husband took the day off from work to go Christmas shopping with me. We actually got a lot done and it was fun having him with me. He's a good guy, neither of us are great shoppers but we muddle through somehow.

I'm going to leave you today with a short song called Knitting. 

"On a farm, in a barn, feeling lonely but I've got some yarn..... 

I'm gonna do some knitting.

I need to do some knitting."

Knitters always have company and that is good.
xo, susan


joan g said...

Love the elf socks. And the Regia and the Kroy and the KnitCircus too.
Merry Christmas.

Susan said...

I'm making socks with that same Patons Kroy right now. It's so wonderful. And those Birks are the perfect shoes for showing off hand knit socks!

Debralyn said...

I so enjoy reading your blog. Inspiration strikes.

Merry Christmas

Sam I Am...... said...

I gave up on "pressure knitting" and my presents are off in the mail but they will get the others eventually just not for Christmas.
I got most of it done but knew it was more important to get those little ones their gifts to open by Christmas. Ahhh, now I can enjoy my Christmas and my knitting. LOL!
I love your elf socks and the Berkies! I also really like the blue socks for your son. Great idea for my grown boys for next year. And the Knit Circus socks are gorgeous! I want me some of that!
Those place mats are darling and since I sew too I want to make some of those. An early start on next year? LOL! I say that every year.
I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas and holiday season. Thank you for all the joy you give all year through your blog.

Kepanie said...

Your home is always full of craft. What a fun hangout it must be.

Shirlee said...

Loved the song, & all the socks too : )

Holly said...

May your days be Merry & Bright ... Merry Christmas to you and your family

LannieK said...

May all your Days be full of Family, Friends and the Merriment and Joy of this Beautiful Season! And lots of stitches of beautiful fiber! Merry Christmas, Susie! :-)

Quinn said...

Wow, this post is making it really hard not to buy sock yarn! But I loved the song, and fortunately I'm
on a farm
with a barn
got some yarn
and you know the rest!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing your placemat project. Using one rectangle in place of many squares sewn together makes it fast and fun. Thanks for all your good ideas during the year - merry holidays. Show us more of your sewing skills!


AnnM said...

Beautiful socks! I also have two cute gradient sock yarn cakes from Knit Circus that I can't wait to cast on.

Also want to thank you for your wonderful blog posts. I enjoy them so much!

Have a wonderful Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!


Elena Fuentes-Afflick said...

Knitters always have company and are good company! I love your blog and your messages.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Hind DP said...

Thanks for sharing the song, I'm sure it'll stay in my head for a while.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.