I have one more Christmas stocking class to teach, on the Monday evening following Thanksgiving, and by that point, stocking number one, for baby Odessa, will be complete and hopefully stocking number two, for Mason (my step-grandson, who is five), well on the way. I think there might only be one more holiday gift to knit after that, though I do often have a way of increasing my own burdens.....
I do like how working the chart upside down from the top to the heel resulted in the candle flames going the right direction... something I might have missed on my own. I do generally have a fine attention to detail, but sometimes little things like that don't hit me until too late. In this case, I will go back at the third class and teach the students to mattress-seam up the back of their sock, duplicate stitch in my snowman's arms, embroider on a smile and eyes, and sew small black buttons up his front. Other Bully Woolies designs include a kitty, a Christmas tree with french knotted ornaments, a lighthouse, a poinsettia (lovely!), Baa Humbug sheep (for your knitting Secret Pal!), candies, and several other great holiday themes. There's still plenty of time for you to whip up a stocking for someone special, and if you haven't gotten inspired by this list, check out Ravelry for a wealth of other design ideas.
My other class, taught on Saturday, covered the basics of making Mitered Squares, and offered several design inspirations. It was a big success, with eight students crowding around the front table at Fibers, and almost all feeling that they were well on their way when we finished... one was a beginning knitter who was also happy at the end, because even though she was unsure if she could continue on her own, she was attending with her friend and personal knitting coach, who did 'get it', and knew she would have the help she needed.
Some of you may have been wondering what has happened with my own mitered square project, the Fiesta Friendship Shawl. I haven't featured any new photos because they look so much like the old photos! However, I have finished the fourth large diamond, and decided that would be long enough for a short person like me. Now, I am filling in with smaller diamonds for the two rows needed to get to the top of that large diamond, and will then finish off with a row of small triangles to make a straight edge. It does look likely that I will finish this soon, though I am easily distracted by the thought of starting several other new projects ("aw, come on, couldn't I just slip in that cowl, and oh, how about those mitts, and then I will come back and finish my shawl! Oh, wait, those slippers look cute....") I am debating about whether I need/want to crochet an edging around the finished shawl to tie all the colors together, and will take a photo soon so that I can gather input from all of you, my knowledgeable and helpful fellow knitters.
I also got a chance last week to go up to Downieville and visit with Shelly, the winner of my birthday contest, and deliver her prize:
Megan, your prize is also on its way to you, thanks to my SIL, who manages the Lafayette Book Store... happy shopping!
Now, I have to confess that I have not been a very diligent blogger, or I would have photographed the three great afghans that Shelly has been crocheting; my excuse could be that the recipients of these cozy and wonderful gifts, in colors tailored to their personal favorites, might have been able to find out... not that any of them read my blog! Suffice to say that Shelly, who runs a family daycare home, has been able to finish two of her three gift afghans over the course of the fall, while her charges nap in the afternoon, and has already started on something with her gift yarn. Too bad she is blogless; we could all follow her progress if she blogged. I couldn't get a photo of the two of us together, either, since the oldest potential photographer just turned four, and I wasn't ready to entrust my camera to him!
This Thanksgiving week, I will be planning to cook, eat two dinners (one on Thanksgiving in Lake Tahoe with Glenn's parents and our two oldest sons, and the other next Saturday, cooked by DD and myself for the bulk of our immediate family), take pictures, catch up with family, knit, hike and play with my grandbaby. I wish the same joy for all of you.