Happy New Year to everyone! So much has happened since my last post with getting ready for the holidays and working on my samples and my Craft Yarn Council assignments. Thanksgiving and Christmas with all their family get-togethers are over but not forgotten. Fun times were had. Presents were made for those near and far. I know they are appreciated.
For my cousin's wife, I used the cabled keyhole scarf pattern from class because it just seemed to speak her name to me. It was knit in some lovely un-dyed caramel colored baby alpaca I purchased while on a knitting retreat at Halloween. For my sister, I knit up a pair of fingerless mitts in a medley of blues. She is partial to blue. I made some broomstick lace fingerless mitts for my son's girlfriend. They were in her favorite color, purple. I got lucky with my choice of colors as it matched exactly one of the colors in a scarf my other son got for her. For my mother in law, there was a cabled, hooded, pocketed scarf. The design was my own. The pattern will be posted soon. I did it in a bulky weight cherry red wool/acrylic blend. This yarn choice made it a fairly quick knit.
I have been busily working on my sample swatches for the Instructor courses. I hope to have the knitting course part one ready for the mail on Tuesday. Then I can start on the crochet course. I can't wait to see what is needed for that. I am enjoying the assignments.
Today was spent quietly. We had the traditional New Year's dinner of pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes. It's a family tradition on both sides of our family for this. After dinner, we started with our other New Year's Day tradition, taking down the tree and decorations. I like to do this while help is available to carry boxes and remove the tree.
Now it is back to swatching. I hope everyone has had a great holiday season.