The Fall

Warmer days (1 Oct 2008)
Warmer days (1 Oct 2008)

I found my (first) beret pattern.  I was paging through patterns on Ravelry, found this one and I will look no further.  This is IT:

Moss Stitch Beret

A near second is Norah Gaughan’s Sunflower Tam.  But I would like something pretty basic for my first hat.  And don’t tweed and moss st belong together like PB & J?

SE Michigan is buried under 6+ inches – our first big snowfall of the year.  And it is STILL snowing.  It will be a white Solstice, hah.

I had a breakdown last night over the Solstice projects.  This was perhaps inevitable and you may not pity me because I gave as good as I got to my poor cohabitants.  Hopefully this will be my only “moment” – I am older and wiser after all.  I now have 3 of 8 projects done and the remaining 5 are half done, or more.  To accomplish this, Matt spent half his evening working on Tessa’s gift (which is not a handknit) and my sister’s gift did a 180.  That is, I magically produced a finished object which had been just waiting for the right recipient (hint, see the photo in the previous post). I went from having not even started her gift to finished in less than 5 minutes.  Whew.

I feel a lot better.

I also take Matt’s point, over Forage Night dinner (ie, leftovers), that I had sworn I wasn’t going to do handmade gifts this year.  That I was going to take a break, take it easy.  He’s right. I completely forgot I promised that to myself.  When did I change my mind?  I think it was a slow evolution.  I was always going to knit something for Matt and Zander, I think a hat and socks at first.  Then I made that deal with Noah and Abby and Abby’s part became a Solstice gift (Noah’s was his birthday legwarmers).  My mom’s gift was a happy accident.  Then I must have convinced myself I had enough time to make gifts for everyone else.  Except that I KNOW BETTER.  I know I need to 3-4 months to work on all of these to do it without insanity.  Sheesh.  AND I keep telling myself I should make birthday gifts, not Solstice gifts, so I can spread the love throughout the year.

Oh well, better luck next year.

Excuse me, I need to lock my computer in the basement and get back to knitting.  And watching Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys for the 351st time.