Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The holidays are upon us....

Yes, it's that time of year. The holidays seem to be popping up here and there, and we all seem to be working on holiday projects. I've been super busy this week in jury duty, however, I have gotten in a little knitting from time to time (on breaks and lunches). I'm busily (not sure if that's a word, it just feels right) working on holiday projects, trying to get all of my Christmas gifts knitted that I told myself I wanted to commit to. I am making a little headway, and you can see progress photos below; however, I first want to comment on the package I received from Sundara this week. I contacted her awhile back, asking if she would be willing to dye some yarn for me in the Lakeside colorway. Since returning from Ireland a couple of months ago, and falling in love with the little town of by the name of Kinsale, Ireland (and a little guesthouse we stayed at there called The Bank House) I decided I really needed and was yearning to make the Kinsale sweater (you can see it here on Wendyknits) which is in Alice Starmore's "Fishermen's Sweaters". Here is the yarn I received from Sundara in the Lakeside colorway:

Isn't it completely and utterly stunning?

I also recieved some really studly handsome looking yarn that I had ordered from Sundara while back, that she had been planning to ship with the Lakeside yarn, it's called Dungaree, and WOW oh WOW is it stunning also. I call it studly and handsome, only bc I am using it for knitting my husband some wonderful socks:

Now, here are my Christmas project progress pics:

Felted bag for my mom: This is almost complete - I will include a full on shot of this bag once I have completed the flower that attaches to the bag. Without it, this bag is not complete, but almost...I want to make the flower completely stunning and something unique to fit the bag, so it will be showing up soon!

Next on the list, a poncho for my 6 year old neice. She has been literally begging for one for the last year, so I decided I just need to make one for her and her sister. This is the first of those. It's the "Simple and Elegant Poncho" pattern from Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks in Portland, Oregon. I am using Sissi Mohair and Fiesta cording, as shown below:

Last, but not least, on my list of projects that I'm working on for the holidays (these are not all of the projects, just the ones I've gotten around to starting), are the holiday KAL socks for the WHY blog. I'm using the RPM pattern with Jingle Bell Rock STR. I Heart them very much!


Sean Carter said...

Wow!! The yarns look so stunning..the knits look so vibrant!I guess its nothing less than a kaliedoscope!! If you still are looking forward to some cool ideas and innovative gifts for Christmas you can jus peep into my Holiday Blog....

HPNY KNITS said...

the Sundara IS completely and utterly stunning! can't wait to see what you'll make.