Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making Progress with the Help of Ibuprofen

It's really hard to blog around the holidays when you're trying desperately to get everything done. When you do get things done, you worry about posting them in case some random family member accidentally finds your blog through Facebook or something and figures out what you've made them for Christmas.

To add insult to injury (or maybe I mean injury to insult) I have a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder which is making it really hard to even knit. I can only knit when full of ibuprofen, leaning against a heating pad. And even then, I have to take frequent breaks. It's making it hard to push forward.

There are a few things I have finished that I can post because I know the recipient won't find them or I don't know if/who it will go to yet.
First, the dad socks. I love knitting socks for my dad. He wears them only on Sundays to "save" them and then shows them off to people. I keep thinking if I keep knitting him a pair each year, he will wear them more often but so far, no. This year, in keeping with tradition, I knit him a pair of socks. These are from some Austermann Step I got in a destash. I think they're sort of ugly but my mom thinks they look okay so I won't both to overdye them.

This yarn is said to have Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil in the yarn which will soften your feet as you wear them and lasts through 40 washes. I'm not sure if that's true but it felt pretty nice to knit with. I have another skein of this exact same yarn so after Christmas my hubby will be getting a pair of these socks as well.

I can't remember if I mentioned it before or not but I couldn't resist the handspun Loop! yarn anymore so I cast on a quickie shawlette. I was working on it over Thanksgiving as a matter of fact.

I made a basic triangular shawl and added an eyelet row about where the color changed. I think it's very cute but not super big. I'm hoping it will block at least a little bit bigger and I might end up giving this as a gift because it's not really my colors, I'm not sure yet. I don't even think anyone on my list is handspun & handknit worthy so we will have to see what I decide.

If you're interested in some of the other projects I'm knitting this year, check out my Ravelry Project page. I just updated it and it's more current and has some things I don't dare share here. Yet.

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