I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit (and weave now, too!) but I seem to take more photos of my toddler than my crafts these days. She has that cute factor going for her. Because of this, I have started a tumblr called Tiny Taughts of our home lessons, crafts and projects. Please visit me there and I promise to come back here soon!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas is looming

My flowering Christmas cactus is just one of the little reminders in the house that the holiday will soon be here. If that isn't enough, the piles of yarn and scattered looms make it all the more obvious.

Christmas cactus

Smart knitters start their gift-makin' in the summer. I say "Nah, I'll make or find something else instead of a loom-knit this year." But then I think of a nifty idea or find a perfect pattern — and it's November.

I was already prepared to knit two Christmas stockings to match my husband's. I've been deciphering my scribbles from last year, charting our names and seeking colorwork inspiration from my books. Between caring for and playing with CB, I finally cast on the first one last night. (OK, I cast on like 3 times because I kept making silly mistakes due to distraction.) Will I have them both done by St. Nick's? Maybe. By Christmas? Definitely. I also hope to write a tutorial for my loomy readers, complete with charts!

But my crafty cranium must have thought my plan above wasn't enough of a challenge. I thought up and test-knitted the beginnings of a cute loom-knit gifty PLUS I bought a pattern by Bethany to make something for our family exchange. Both remain somewhat secret for obvious reasons. But here's what my craft table looked like yesterday ...

Christmas knitting

Oh, and I also just added a "quick knit" gift to my queue for a December baby shower. What is it about Christmas that makes me just a bit crazy?