Monday, January 4, 2010
Back in the proverbial loop, so to speak...
I spent the last month channeling my inner craftiness outward to the people in my life ---
knitting warm, fuzzy gifts,
writing holiday cards,
using beautiful tissue paper with coordinating silk ribbon to wrap presents,
nesting with Jase---making elaborate, beautiful dinners for he and I,
super-decorating my apartment for the holidays -- lights, tree, and all!
Overall, it was a fun and rewarding experience to give lovely handcrafted, wrapt, and written gifts and cards. I noticed also that I managed to avoid the things that usually make me feel so cantankerously cynical around the holidays --- long lines, plastic consumerism at the malls, overly religious cards, cut-throat holiday shoppers, and obligation- or duty-based gift giving.
Late last week I started work on a hat for Jase - a black and charcoal striped beanie in silk bamboo yarn with a nice stretchy rib. I was so pleased with the results (which took me about two weeks to acchieve due to experimenting with different needle sizes and patterns for the yarn), that I started knitting a new project - a beret for myself made from the same silk bamboo yarn. I haven't knitted anything for myself in a really, really long time (years), so this will be fun (and a little challenging because of my crafty perfectionism... which goes into over drive when making something for myself. I'd rather rip something apart than keep it and not wear it!). I really want to learn to make crocheted flowers for the beret - wouldn't that be cute!