Five Golden Rings

On the Fifth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

Five Golden Rings

And while those five adorable babies were asleep in those five golden rings I found another UFO that has been asleep for quite some time, an unfinished square for the Great American Aran Afghan.  I believe I started this square last January with the intention of knitting one square each month until I had enough squares for an afghan.

Another goal never reached but is it really out of my grasp? As I work on this square I can envision myself curled up on the couch with a steaming cup of tea and good book……….

Santa put a Row Counter Plus in my stocking last week and I absolutely LOVE it!  I can maintain 3 separate counts at the same time for: rows, repeats, decreases and increases.  It’s wonderful!

Four Calling Birds

On the Fourth Day of Christmas my true love cave to me –

Four Calling Birds

And while those calling birds were sitting outside my window thinking about whom they were going to call upon they saw me frogging the Vickie Cardigan that I started back in 2007.  I made this decision yesterday afternoon when I lay my newly finished left front down on the floor next to the right front and discovered I had knit it with the cables in the wrong order!  This sweater has been fraught with one mishap after the other and sometimes, after so many things go wrong, it is best to frog and pick a new pattern.  The Vickie pattern is lovely and I don’t plan to abandon this pattern entirely but, for now, it just isn’t working for me.

So last night I found a pattern on Ravelry called Twist that someone had knit in the Black Water Abbey yarn.  I’ll give it a whirl later this year.  I’m not that crazy about hoodies so I will be knitting it with the wide collar option.  The pattern has been printed off safely tucked away with frogged yarn.

Last January I made a promise to myself that I would frog all unfinished projects that I had lost mojo on.  I’m clearing the deck for 2010 and it feels great!  I’m really trying to train myself to be a monogamous knitter or, at least, to knit only one sweater at a time.  In fact, my New Year’s Knitting Resolution is to have only four things on the needles at a time (one sweater, one pair of socks, one shawl and one ‘accessory’).  That’s the plan….hold me to it!

Three French Hens

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me –

THREE FRENCH HENS


And while those cute little hens were hatching out of their eggs I pulled  St. Brigid out of hibernation and made her into a Euro size pillow.

St. Brigid is an Alice Starmore pattern found in one of my favorite books, Aran Knitting. I love this sweater but I jumped in way over my head when I started her back in 2007.  She hibernated for a year or so and when I picked her up again I quickly realized there were some serious issues with gauge. I never knit a gauge swatch and my tension had changed significantly over the years.  I couldn’t bear to frog these beautiful cables and decided this knitting could be turned into a lovely pillow, and a LARGE pillow at that.  It wasn’t quite as painful as I thought it was going to be.  In fact, I’m off to search through baskets to see if their are any other UFOs that might prefer to become pillows……..

Two Turtle Doves

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me –

Two Turtle Doves

And my visiting daughter was happy that I finished the Knotty But Nice hat before she had to trek back down the mountain! Now she has two green hats!

Pattern:  Knotty But Nice (Ravelry)

Yarn:  Patons Classic Merino (Leaf)

Although we are able to rendezvous with her down in the Springs whenever we want, it was nice to have her come up to the mountains and stay four days with us.  We watched several movies and had fun watching her dog romp in the snow.  I call him my ‘wooly doggie’ because he loves wool of any kind.  I really have to keep my eye on him!

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me –

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The Christmas knitting has been gifted and all recipients were pleased with their gifts, or so they said.

Allison’s Koolhaas in Malabrigo Worsted

A new year is only a few days away and is a time to reflect on all I’ve accomplished this year with my needles and all the UFOs that are left lingering on stitch holders.  The Twelve Days of UFOs is a great way to get some of those projects completed before the new year begins.  I would love to start that year with a fairly empty knitting basket.

The first item that needs attention is the Knotty But Nice Hat that I had hoped to have finished for Christmas.  When I selected the pattern the cables looked simple enough to be a quick knit but it is actually a bit more involved.  I’m using up stash yarn for this hat which is another of my goals for 2010.

Twelve Drummers Drumming

On the twelvth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me -Twelve drummers drumming,

Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

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And the last day of working on UFOs has arrived!  I’m happy to have participated in the Twelve Days of UFOs.  Although I did not finish everything I had hoped to, it gave me ample time to ponder whether or not I really want to carry some of these UFOs into the New Year. 

The Lizzy Socks will be frogged because I really don’t like the yarn it is being knit with.  The Iro Garter Scarf will be frogged because I don’t care for the pattern and Noro Iro is way too expensive to not like how it looks with the pattern you picked. The Central Park Hoodie will frogged  because it ended up too large and because I’m just not a hoodie kind of girl. I found a modified CPH that I like even better and will, most likely, reknit it in the future using these modifications.

What will be carried over into 2009?  All of these………………….

 2009 Carryovers
1. Cat Mitten Completed, 2. Inishmaan FRONT Completed, 3. Must Have Cardigan, 4. Alcea Waits for Neck Shaping

When will I work on them?  On UFO Thursdays.  That is, everything except Inishmaan which will be worked on every day until she is finished.

11 Pipers Piping

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me -Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

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And while they were piping, I finished the front of my Alice Starmore INISHMAAN sweater as I watched hours and hours of LOST!  I’ve loved knitting this sweater.  The holiday knitting slowed me down on it and I’m anxious to pick it up again and work on it daily.  And, that I will……in two days…when the Twelve Days of Christmas are over!

I also finished my left Cat Mitten.  This mitten kept a smile on my face the whole time I was knitting it!  I was a little concerned it was too small but was very pleasantly surprised to find that it is actually a perfect fit. 

My apologies for the dark photos.  The snow in the background messed with my shutter speed/aperture and I should have taken the time to adjust the settings but it was so very cold and I didn’t have a coat on.

The pattern is by Jorid Lindvik.  She has some pretty amazing patterns so I’m sure there will be more mittens of hers appearing on my blog.  The yarn I used is fingering weight which makes them very soft.  I’ll give you more details after the right mitten is finished.  I wonder if there is any way I can finish the second mitten before the end of The Twelve Days of UFOs?  Probably not.  I’ll go ahead and try because THAT is just how much fun these are! 

My favorite part?

The paw pad and fish bone!  Cute, isn’t it?

Ten Lords A Leaping

Oh yes, these pictures are much easier to handle over here on WordPress.  I’m so sorry to inconvenience you with my move!  Let’s see, were did we leave off?  We were flying through the Twelve Days of Christmas on the blog I just left and have now arrived to the tenth day, only two days left to finish all my UFOS!

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On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

10-lords-a-leaping1And me? I’m blocking the front of my Inishmaan sweater today as the frog makes his ‘rippit’ sound in my ear reminding me that there are only two days of knitting left before I decide which projects will not make the 2009 Project List!

Nine Ladies Dancing

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me –
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
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And me?  I was busy finishing the front of my Inishmaan sweater!

Eight Maids A Milking

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me –
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
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And what did I do? I finished a second UFO, the Mystery Socks that Kirsten Kapur (Through the Loops) designed for Lolly’s Socktoberfest IV. Througout October a new clue was posted weekly and I was able to keep up all the way through. I even worked on the second sock each week. But, when it looked like the pattern was not showing up well in a dark purple yarn I lost enthusiasm and set them aside.mystery-sock-v2

I really didn’t want to frog such a lovely pattern, and even more so after knitting my favorite heel – the Eye of Partridge, isn’t it pretty? So, I picked them up for the Twelve Days of Christmas UFO challenge. As I approached the toe on the second sock I had my own little surprise……I ran out of yarn! Fortunately, I had one skein of multi-colored Koigu with a little purple in it and saw that it would complement the solid purple Koigu of the sock.

mystery-sock-v12Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock by Kristen Kapur

Yarn: 2 skeins purple Koigu (ran short) + multi-colored Koigu for toe

Needles: 2.5mm metal Knitpicks