On The Needles: An Update

A shift has occurred in my knitting this week.  I went from unsure about what to knit next to over-concerned about completing a few Christmas gifts.  This is why I didn’t want to knit for anyone this year!  I will admit that it feels very nice to have my knits requested by people, it also puts a certain amount of pressure on me to deliver.

So I have tried to set myself up for success by choosing projects that are achievable in the mere 20 days before Christmas.

Project #1


I am knitting these ankle socks with some Knit Picks Felici in Atmosphere from my stash.  You may remember that about this time last year I was attempting to knit the same yarn into a pair of Jaywalkers.  You can see how that ended up.

So far the pattern is clear and simple, with instant gratification from the beginning when you turn the heel.  It felt like I was halfway finished when in fact I was just starting!

Project #2

We will call this “Project V” for my sister Veronica.  She reads this blog and so I cannot post any pictures of her mysterious and wonderful gift.  I was told to not even post a picture of the yarn because she wants to be completely surprised!  But between you and me: if you want to see what it is, you can check out my Ravelry projects.

Project #3


  • Pattern: Bramble by me.  Free pattern coming soon!

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Bobby Blue, 110 yards

  • Needles: US size 8

This was a leftover neckwarmer from October’s craft fair.  When my sister in law requested something handknit, this immediately popped into my head.  It is super soft, a little bit funky, and a beautiful shade of tealy blue that should match the Fetching wrist-warmers I gave her last Christmas.


Project #4

This probably won’t be finished in time for Christmas, but it is a gift so I thought I would include it.  If all goes well with the aforementioned projects, these could have a chance.  Fingers crossed!


  • Pattern: Undulating Rib socks in STR lightweight, Pebble Beach

These socks have been resting comfortably in my knitting bag for a couple of weeks while I worked on my sweater.  I’m not happy with the stitch pattern, so with my mom’s permission I am going to rip back to the cuff and try something a little more flattering to the yarn.  You don’t mind, do you mom?

Project #5


Pattern: Improvised garter stitch border with stockinette stitch.

Simple, comforting, and satisfying, this has been my “knit in the dark at a musical performance when you think you;ll fall asleep otherwise” project.  I’m not proud of it.  But something happens to me when I hear some music performed live.  Broadway tunes, specifically.  I get indefensibly sleepy and yawn incessantly while trying to stay awake.

I know Sweetie will never forgive me for the time she took me to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and I fell asleep.  You may not either.  But let me tell you this: if I knew how to knit back then, and was permitted to bring a small, discreet project to occupy my hands and brain during interminable musical numbers, I may have stayed more alert.  Just saying.

Anyway, this isn’t intended as a gift, but it’s officially on the needles and this post is all about airing out what’s in my knitting bag.  So there you have it.

With any luck things will start flying off the needles.  Maybe I could catch a performance of Phantom this weekend and secure some additional knitting time.

P.S. I just scrolled through the post to change the font and noticed that all of these projects have blue in them.  I appear to be in a blue phase, and I suddenly want to cast on another project in hot pink just to combat the blues.  Who knows: after this weekend I may have another project to add to the list!

Have a good one.

10 thoughts on “On The Needles: An Update

  1. They all look great to me! My holiday knitting is only for my mother and unfortunately it has to be total stealth knitting because not only does she read my blog and is on Ravelry – but she also lives in the apartment underneath mine!

  2. You’re right. I’m not sure if I can ever forgive you for falling asleep during Phantom of the Opera. However, being married an all. . . I suppose I have to look past it. But I’m just going to say this. . .did I fall asleep at yarn harlot? No. No I did not.


  3. Wow! you went from nothing to LOTS!
    I like those ped socks and might give them a try. I made shorty flip flop socks a few years ago and liked it that just as I got started – I was done!

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