My knitting fingers haven't gotten a break since Christmas like I thought they might. I've started and finished 4 projects just since Christmas day. The project currently on my needles are these thick boot socks. Using leftover wool from some socks I made for Paul last year for Christmas, the yarn is sport weight (Stroll Sport from Knit Picks in Jack Rabbit Heather) so the socks knit a bit more quickly on size 3 needles.
I received several new books for Christmas (and not just the cookbook and reference kind!) I'm currently reading Boat Girl, on a recommendation from Cindy. It's a fascinating look at living aboard and cruising through childhood and into adulthood. I'm thoroughly enjoying her writing and the stories of her life.
The after-Christmas knits that I worked on have been delivered to a friend, but here are a few shots of them. I saw this sweet little vest-like sweater on a friend's baby and found it completely adorable. I really enjoyed having a quick knit in this fun super-chunky yarn.
The cedar button I used to hold it together was one from my stash, bought on etsy some time ago. The little one who received this sweater found the button to be endlessly fascinating.
For the same little one, who doesn't like to wear hats, I made this Pixie Helmet Hat. The chin strap is perfect for little ones whose hands want to rip off their hats and the ribbing kept her ears snug and warm. This is a fun little hat to knit too. The pattern is actually for an adult, but I used size 4 needles, and the giving nature of ribbing, and it worked fine for an 18 month old.
And lastly, for my friend, I made a pair of fingerless mitts. She saw the pair I made for Elizabeth and dropped a few hints that she might like a pair. The thicker worsted weight yarn on size 8 needles worked much better for an adult pair of mitts, I think.
Last, but not least, I made Finn a pair of socks out of other scrap yarn from a pair I made for Paul in the past. He wore them the second they were off the needles and now they are in the wash so no photo of those for now. At least I know he appreciates them!