I am one heck of a holiday procrastinator, but this year, I'm getting a head start. I want to do a Laura Ingalls Wilder holiday this year and give only handmade items. I have 8 people to cover...I guess you could take that literally! *grin* First on the list is my Mom's new husband Jack. He is going to get his first pair of toasty warm, made with love, wool socks :) I fugured that it would be safe to post this, because he doesn't read the ol' blog. I'm making a standard "guy" sock, using the Garter Rib pattern. I love how quickly this knits up! Lorna's Laces Shephard Sport in Black Watch was my choice for him. I have one done and I'm onto the second, surprisingly, I'm not suffering from second-sock-itis.
I've also been working on my first official wool garment for myself, other than socks or shawls I've made for other people...*gasp* I have never had any need to make sweaters in FLA, but now is my time to shine baby!! I traded someone super lovely for the yarn. ( I hope you're feeling better sweetness!) It's some gorgeous super-soft worsted Malabrigio in Tortoise Shell. For some reason the picture came out dark, but I think you can still see it. I'm making the Retro Redux Shrug from the book Lace Style. It's a really simple two-row brioche stiche, that is easy to remember, so I can work on it while Eli is awake! Can I get an Amen for that!
I've also spent the last few days finishing up an order for a super great California knitter, which I packed up this morning and shipped off to her. I had to take a picture, because I absolutely love seeing all of this color together...I was sad to see it go, but I know they're going to a good home.
Last but not least, I thought I would share a few pictures from my final days in Ireland. In my haste last month, I never got to finish up. Here is the castle that we stayed at, Ashford Castle in County Mayo:
At this castle, they offered falconry lessons, and it had to be one of THE most magnificent experiences I've ever had. The feeling of holding something so wild was amazing. The bird that I got to fly was a Harris Hawk.
When Eli gets a little bit older, I'll be looking into adopting my own falcon or hawk to work with, now that I'm in the proper area to have one :)
Ya'll have a good night now, ya hear! ;)