I really got going over the weekend on the Zimushka hat, my second Christmas knitting project and first Indie Gift-A-Long project! I’m a little over halfway through the main part of the body.

Zimushka Hat - halfway through the body

I’m loving how the cables are coming together for this hat!  They are so lush and feminine at the same time.

Handy hint – I keep my cable needle hooked through the band of the hat so I’m always ready to go when my cable rows come up.  This technique works great with this hooked cable needle, but not so well with my straight or just notched one.

This hat is part of Olga Beckmann’s bundle of sale patterns for the GAL and the pattern is discounted 25% through Wednesday, November 30th.

I’m knitting the hat up in Sweet Grass Wool’s Mountain Silk in the colorway Ember. Feels very appropriate since I have been living in the smoke filled hills here in Western North Carolina for quite a while now. I dug this yarn out of my temporary stash (having purchased it at Sew Steamboat just before I left). As I knit, the yarn feels a little sticky and isn’t as much fun to knit as I thought it would be. However, that stickyness makes me think that it will be a great choice for colorwork as I think it will bloom and soften with washing. I have a couple more skeins stashed away with the breakables in the storage unit. They are different colors, so when I finally get those back, I’ll use them for my color experiment.

Over the weekend, I also managed to get through all of the designers participating in the GAL and pinned my favorite to my Indie Gift-A-Long board over at Pinterest. I let the inspiration rest for a day (just so I don’t go crazy and get tons of patterns that I’ll never finish!) and now I’m going to go through them to pick out the rest of my Christmas knitting projects.

Time to make my Crafty Santa list! Are you late getting started like me? I’ve been the worst about starting late for the last few years. I start in January with such high hopes and, by the end of the year, I’m behind on so, so many things. Suddenly Thanksgiving arrives and my holiday gift knitting MUST be started. Luckily Thanksgiving arrived pretty early this year, so I’ll be able to get organized before the beginning of December.

My plan is to make my list of giftees and assign the lucky ones each a knitted gift. Then, I will go through my pins to pick the perfect pattern. (With 320, I’m pretty sure I’ll find something for everyone!)  I’ll write up an estimated timeline for each and make sure I can make all of that knitting happen. Then, I’ll pare back my list and get those patterns which I know I can finish.

Okay. Time to dive into the gift knitting pool!

Temporary Stash
SPLASH!!

PS – I’m participating in the Indie Gift-A-Long pattern sale – a 25% discount off selected patterns from over 335 knitting and crochet designers, including mine!  Use the coupon code “giftalong2016” through November 30th to get the discount and then join us for KAL/CALs with prizes and fun for everyone!