I may have been watching too much snowboard and ski cross. (A knuckle is a small hummock of a jump that can catch you unaware and leave you floundering with little speed for the next bit of the course).
Given that we are now heading downhill into the final straight of the Winter Olympics, one would assume that I’d be gathering speed (see what I did there?) with my Ravelympics projects. One would assume incorrectly!
I have made incredible progress on my crochet top (Cupcake from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Crochet)
And it looks real and everything
and I’ve also managed to rip back, wash and re-skein the yarn from my Modular Tank top (a.k.a. The Albatross)
Look how pretty!
My plan for this yarn is to quickly turn it into a waistcoat that I will actually be able to wear this year!
I’ve done absolutely nothing on anything else. It’s all my mum’s fault for tearing/straining the muscles in her left shoulder, necessitating my assistance in a lot of stuff. Caring time is inversely related to crafting time!
Oh, tell a lie! I did manage to make myself a pair of Dashing fingerless mittens!
I messed up the second cable cross (I went too early) but I decided I quite liked the faux bois look I ended up with and so left it!
To conclude – I’ve actually done quite a lot and I should stop underestimating my ability to craft in a crisis.
A few loose ends to tie up before heading into 2010 (can you believe it?! I remember when I was a child thinking that the 21st Century was so far away and now we’re done with the first decade of it!)
I made (with some difficulty due to illness) a pair of Dashing wrist-warmers for my brother
Here he is modelling them in a very professional style!
I used some very “inexpensive” acrylic/wool aran-weight yarn right up until 8 rounds before the end of the second mitt when I ran out! I quickly dived into my stash and came up with some acrylic camo-coloured DK-weight that 2Paw sent me a while back and made the best of it.
I’ve been reliably informed that Americans don’t “do” Christmas cake (the mind, it boggles) so I took some photos of it decorated and on of it sliced and ready to be eaten
I made a pile of snow balls from icing and made it look like Father Christmas was throwing one! The top was done to look like a snow drift and I create icicles to hang down the sides.
The cake itself is a Dundee cake (a light fruit cake with raisins, currants, mixed peel and cherries) covered with marzipan (almond paste) and royal icing.
As the year started, so shall it finish …
At 5:30 am on Boxing Day I woke up rather abruptly and then spent the next hour and a half desperately trying not to be “ill”. I assumed I got a chill on Christmas Day, but it seems to be an inner ear infection. I’m really dizzy and feeling quite sorry for myself. I’m currently consuming fruit tea with ginger and honey in it every few hours and that really does seem to work to alleviate the symptoms for a while. One thing I’ve discovered is that when I’m knitting and watching the TV I flick my eyes up and down a lot. Can’t do that at the moment, so I’m either watching or knitting, not both. It’s driving me a bit loopy (who’d tell, I know) and I’ve manage to get a doctor’s appointment this very afternoon.
The new year will bring me unfinished objects, more long-planned crafting projects and new yarn bought with my Christmas money.