I have now set the hand spun that I showed you in my last post. It does look a lot better and it's the first thing I shall put in my knitting bag for the journey. So far so good.
family might consider them some sort of knitting fanatic if they were to exercise the sort of exclusion of other activities to enable them to get all this knitting done so some sort of diversion is in order. I know - indoctrinate ,I mean teach the children!
I have bought them some children's needles and some red and green yarn and am planning to teach them to make some of these . I was thinking to get them to do a simple piece of garter stitch for the bodies and I would make the hats. The family just need to drink the wine! That'll divert them from my habits.
It also occurs to me that all that intricate work and teaching may require a bit of mindless knitting to break things up a bit so an odd skein of organic cotton to make a washcloth can be squeezed into the bag somewhere. This is lovely stuff, a gorgeous avocado green which is a colour bred in the cotton rather than dyed and is very soft - perfect for sensitive skin.
Finally, no finished object today but it isn't for the want of trying - my sister's Christmas mitts - I'm sure I could have finished them by now if I hadn't had to tear out a large portion for messing up the star on the back of the hand. More haste less speed but I am determined that they will be finished before Christmas!
I'd better sign off now and see how much of my enormous wool supply I can squeeze into my bag. I'm not sure whether I will be able to get internet access while I am away so may I take this opportunity of wishing everyone the compliments of the season and look forward to many more woolly adventures in 2008!