I was originally going to blog about a WIP that I currently have on the needles, but thought that it would be moot considering that I've decided to stop knitting on all selfish projects until all gift knitting was completed. Not to mention that not much knitting has taken place in general around here anyways. Last Friday I woke up with the flu and was completely bed-ridden the entire day, and let me tell you, trying to parent a preschooler whilst lying on the couch isn't as easy as one would think. My poor Munchkin was subjected to having to play by himself all day (luckily Legos kept his interest for majority of the day!!), eating cold and snack-y foods until Brett came home to make him a hot meal (I have a feeling the Munchkin will not want to see Goldfish crackers or yogurt for a while), and watching annoying cartoons cause I had fallen asleep on top of the remote. He was definitely a trooper and quite the sweetheart as he knew I wasn't feeling top-notch and from time to time would tuck me in, kiss my forehead and give me a hug, and tell me to go back to sleep while he went back to playing with his Legos or Angry Birds on the iPad. Bless his sweet little heart.
The entire weekend was a write-off for me as I was in no shape or form to do any sort of sewing, and was messing up my knitting left and right. I had cast on a stocking but on Sunday realized that I needed to rip it out. I still have no idea what in the world I did to screw it up so royally. But nonetheless, I did. It seemed that the only knitting I was capable of doing was simple and small projects that involved knitting in the round, with the only "difficult" aspect being stripes. Which I have now mastered. Yay!! At least something good has come from the weekend!
Also, before the messages start pouring in on this one, yes...the photo above is (gasp!!) of me knitting with acrylic yarn. Yup. I think I just heard a collective gasp. Don't worry, it's not going to be a common occurrence around here. And no, it's not for a garment. I'm knitting a few teacher appreciation gifts and needed a yarn that could handle abuse and being thrown into the wash (cause we all know that not all superwash wools should be treated the same and can be washed without mishap in the washing machine!!). I also wanted to make sure the stockings will last throughout the years and keep their shape at the same time, something natural fibres can't guarantee. The yarn you see in the above photo is Knit Picks Brava Worsted. I'm actually quite impressed with this yarn so far. Not only is it soft, but it hasn't squeaked or made my hands sweat once! The 2 main things I really dislike about knitting with acrylic yarns. Some of the colours are a bit shiny, but nothing major. Like all acrylics, the presence of filaments is noticeable and on some colours a bit annoying, but nothing to throw a fit about. I made myself a java jacket so that I could test out how well the yarn does with regular use, so we'll see how well the yarn wears out.
Anyhoo, it's now halfway through the week and I'm getting back on track...albeit very slowly. Normally I'm up until the wee hours of the morning but the past few days I've been calling it a night by 9pm. I was hoping to have another shop update this week, but will now have to push it to either the weekend or next week. Boo erns. I'm also making up another crafting schedule like I did for last month since it was such a success for me. Other plans in the works: sewing, sewing, and more sewing. Some knitting, and since December is the month of giving, I may or may not have something up my sleeve that pertains to the spirit of giving.
But for now, I've got my tea timer telling me that my little pot of Cocomint Cream tea by David's Tea is ready for me (I've been chugging coffee and tea like no tomorrow all morning and afternoon...as you can see in the photo above!). And my sewing machine has been patiently waiting for me to finish up a few more bags. So on that note, I'm going to jet!!
♥ Happy holiday crafting!! ♥