Hard to believe that Christmas is over already. It went so quickly and I never felt I got the chance to really enjoy it. Could be that my cold from hell is still getting me down (come on Booger King – you’ve been in there well over a week already, it’s time to clear out dammit), or that R. Darling had to work Christmas Eve so it felt like just any other day, or maybe I’m just feeling a teeny bit sad knowing that this is our very last Christmas with just the two of us and we really didn’t do much to make it seem special. Or maybe it’s those pregnancy hormones (get a load of that belly up there!)? Whatever the reason, I’m feeling a little bittersweet over this holiday. So maybe I’ll stretch it out just a little bit longer, watch my favorite movies one more time and bake that Christmas cake I never got around to. It’s still December for another few days….
This December also marks the end of another aspect of my knitting life that I’ve been working on nearly as long as I’ve been knitting. Warm Woolies has officially shut its doors as of December 24, 2009 and will no longer be operating or receiving donations any longer. As most of you know, I’ve been contributing to Warm Woolies for quite some time now, and I truly believe in the great work that they do. It’s been a pleasure to knit for them, knowing that one garment at a time, a whole army of knitters has been able to keep children here and abroad just a bit warmer each winter. Though I understand that good things don’t always last, I am sad that this wonderful charity won’t be able to operate anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t make my goal this year of contributing to their 10 for 10 challenge (knit 10 items for children ages 10 and over) since morning sickness completely derailed my knitting efforts for close to 5 months, but on December 18 I did send off a final batch of 3 pairs of socks, 2 vests, 1 sweater (sized for approximately 6 years old), and 2 sweaters (sized 10 years old and up). It felt good to mail off that last set of items, even if a little melancholic too, knowing that it’s the last time I’ll be doing it. I wish all of the people from Warm Woolies the best of luck wherever they head after this endeavor!
And so, my final 2 projects for Warm Woolies (and probably for 2009):
- Pattern: Comfy Socks from Knitscene (Ravelry link here, My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: Twilleys of Stamford Freedom 100% Wool; Color #408; 3 balls
- Needles: Size 10.5 dpns
This pattern was super simple and instantly gratifying (super bulky wool + big needles = turbo knit). I actually loved these so much I considered keeping them for myself, but that kinda defeats the purpose of charitable knitting ;) Good thing I have more of this yarn left (thanks Troy!) so I could make myself a pair if I really felt like it.
- Pattern: Mystery Sweater KAL for the Warm Woolies (now Wool-Aid) group on Ravelry; for the pattern, you’ll have to look through the archives for the July Mystery Sweater at the group and collect all the “clues” (My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky; Color “Scuba” #I141; 6 hanks (?)
- Needles: Size 10.5 circular
This was such a wonderful pattern! While I was knitting the neckline I was absolutely confused as to how what I was doing would produce something like the photos I’d seen, but it turned out beautifully. I opted for the “easy” version of the sleeves as I was sort of down to the wire finishing this on time, but I still think they turned out nice looking. I won the yarn for the sweater in a contest on the Warm Woolies Group back in July and knitted faithfully along with each clue up until about clue #4, at which time I started incubating a bun in my oven and was so sick I could hardly stand to look at yarn for the next 5 months. But when I found out Warm Woolies would be closing up shop and wouldn’t be accepting items past December 24th this year, I knew I had to get on it to finish this. Not only for the little one who will be kept warm in it, but also out of obligation to the pattern designer and her generous gift of yarn to me.
So farewell Warm Woolies! I will certainly miss you.
As for Christmas, I’ll miss you too. I dearly hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday and got to celebrate each moment to its fullest!!
And now, I think I heard someone say cake?