Christmas is just about a week away and I am still optimistic that I will finish all of the gifts I started (in December) for those on my gift list. This year I planned to give everyone a hat, scarf or shawl, and socks (or fingerless gloves), depending on the individual). Thanks to the Skacel Knit Along that started last January, I had a really good start. Imagine my concern when people (people I had intended the gifts for) said things like--I don't like the color (of the pair of socks I had knit for them) or I could never stand wool socks. My confidence was dashed and I was a bit disappointed--but instead of running out to a store and buying some junk, I have chosen new yarn (without wool, or in a different color), new projects, and started again. I am making remarkable progress. Those chunky yarns that are so in vogue this year certainly do have their place. Scarves, shawls, hats and even socks can be whipped off in a couple of days. I have also done a bit of switching of recipients for the different completed projects, so I think I am in pretty good shape. A lot can be accomplished in about a week! The socks and projects that no one liked can go into my drawers-- a windfall and very much appreciated since many of my handknit socks are wearing a bit thin! Too bad folks, it doesn't pay to be too picky!
Will Skacel have another knti along next year? I hope so, it is a great way of staying on track and getting things done! So far, I have loved everything we have made. We still have two projects in the Progressive Needles Knit Along--a pair of mittens in January and socks for February. I also think I will make some more beaded projects since they are so much fun!