Random Thoughts, Good Wishes and a Self-Indulgent KAL

Pretty Fuzzy Christmas Bauble Cocoon - Aurelie Colas

Pretty Fuzzy Christmas Bauble Cocoon – Aurelie Colas

Dear all,

It is this time of the year again when everything seems hectic, when everyone seems to be transformed into busy bees which have only one goal: bringing back home as many toys and as much food as possible. It’s not my favourite time of the year, to be honest, and I’d rather be knitting… (I know, I’m a grumpy old woman already, and I’m not quite 30 yet).

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve tried to be a good little elf, wrapped a few presents (and have another few to wrap), and knitted a couple things (including a couple Pretty Fuzzy Christmas Bauble Cocoon as gifts). Today I’ve even remembered to mop the floor so that, when pictures are taken tomorrow of busy little people unwrapping presents, I shouldn’t feel too ashamed of the state of my house. This afternoon, as I am sitting in a quiet house, with only the noise of the bread machine in the background, I am trying to put a few sentences together for you. Granted, I will need to write again before or after the New Year, with a more elaborate plan, because today, “random thoughts” could be the title of this post.

Abate - Almost done!

Abate – Almost done!

Knitting-wise, I’ve been very busy recently. Mostly, I have been knitting from other designer’s patterns. The gift-along gave me a good excuse to indulge on some patterns and add them to my library. I have already started and completed 6 projects just as part of the Gift-Along (so, starting mid-November), and the 7th just need another 5 rows on the cuff of the second sleeve, and bind off. It’s a jumper for the Little Man, and my job for today is to finish it (Abate, by Alicia Plummer). I think the Little Man is planning on wearing it as soon as it’s off my needles. You see, it’s a green jumper! What could be more perfect? (yes I know, I should add a pocket to make it even more perfect! But it’s greeeeeen!) So knitting these last few rows is what I will be doing as soon as I finish writing this post.

As for new and upcoming designs, the past weeks have been quite exciting, as I swatched (!), designed, knitted, re-knitted, wrote the pattern, re-re-knitted, re-wrote the pattern for the first installment of the Knitting Goddess Sock Club. I’m knitting the second sock at the moment, so final pictures can be taken soon hopefully. The only thing I can tell you about it is that I’m really proud of it, and of what my little brain put together. And a little scared too as to what the lovely people who bought the club will think. Just under 10 days left before I/they find out…

But today is Christmas Eve, and our job for today will be to entertain the Little Man enough so he doesn’t ask every two minutes when Santa arrives. I suspect tonight will be an interesting evening, with a little person getting up now and again to check under the tree… It doesn’t make the elves job very easy! But we’ll see. It’s a lovely age though, when they are waiting for Santa, and yet, one could see the cogs in their brain as they ask questions like “how many Santas are there? Because we’ve seen Santa four times, and he doesn’t look like the same”.

Hence the question: why are we lying to our dear little people? What does it say of us? I guess I should stop thinking, and get back to my knitting… I told you I was a grumpy old woman.

The Woodcarving - ©Aurelie Colas

The Woodcarving – ©Aurelie Colas

On a higher note, tomorrow, a few of us will be casting on The Woodcarving. Enjoying the quiet time after the rush of the runner up for Christmas, in a comfy chair, with a cosy blanket and hot cup of coffee or tea, and yummy yarn and a lovely design (if I may say so myself). Anyone is of course very welcome to join at any time. The Knit-Along is aptly name “self-indulgent knit-along”. You will find more information (and chatter) in this thread on our Ravelry group.

I will knit-along too with some very special yarn, handspun for me by one of my lovely testers. Grab a comfy chair, and join in!

Hanspun, to knit another pair of The Woodcarving

Hanspun, to knit another pair of The Woodcarving

In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely time, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. And if, like me, you are not found of the madness, I hope you can have some quiet time. Don’t forget to keep some time for yourself too, with a cup of coffee and a little bit of knitting.

Take care,

Aurelie / spinnygonzalez

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4 Responses to Random Thoughts, Good Wishes and a Self-Indulgent KAL

  1. Susan says:

    You are so right re madness of the season/better British yarns/taking time for ones self and much more! I got you Rainbow Pipes pattern and it just makes me giggle it is so happy…OK, I’m way too old to giggle but sometimes it happens! And the Woodcarving mittens, sigh. must card my Herdwick first……etc etc etc Thank you for a thoughtful post and extraordinary designs.
    Merry Christmas and the BEST New Year!!

  2. Cary says:

    My “littles” (grown children and grandchildren) have gone home now and hubby is napping. I’ve a fire blazing in the fireplace and my yarn beside me, getting ready to cast on. The quiet time of reflection is such a joy! Thank you for the “gift” of a KAL on Christmas Day.

  3. whippety says:

    Just sat down Aurelie after hours of mayhem. House is empty for an hour or so and I am about to pick up a crochet hook and chill….if only for a short time x Lovely post my friend 🙂

  4. Margaret says:

    I am also not one for extreme commercialism and shop til you drop Christmas celebrations, so I’m happy to say we had a quiet and friendly time, keeping in touch with friends and family and eating good food and knitting!
    Lovely post, Aurelie and hope you and your family have the best ever year in 2015!
    And don’t worry – everyone will love your sock club design 🙂

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