But let's not get bogged down with that. Instead, here's the yarny stuff...
I made a small Storm Cloud Shawlette (designed by Hanna Breetz and offered for free) using my handspun, ~220 yards of two-ply Shetland wool hand-dyed by The Thylacine. The shawl couldn't be simpler to make and it shows off the color shifts in the yarn. I ran out of yarn before I was quite ready to be finished, so worked in some gray handspun I had left from an earlier shawlette along the bottom ruffle.
There was also a Springtime Baby Cardigan and a Foolproof Baby Hat out of some super-soft alpaca yarn. I made these for someone else and was thrilled that she liked them.
Then the temperature dropped and it seemed like the perfect time to make a pair of Trenza mitts, a free pattern designed by Susanna IC. I used three-ply handspun (Ashland Bay merino fiber) and it worked very nicely for the cables.
I also finished up the "Entwined" Shoulder Shawl designed by O/C Knitiot. Blocking definitely let the Berroco Lustra yarn bloom and show the stitch pattern to best advantage. I love the "woven" part that connects the shawl in front, though I may do some hidden stitching to flatten out the stockinette "fingers". The applied i-cord edging took some time to do, but it makes a gorgeous finished edge, doesn't it?
I only have one Christmas gift to make this year. It's for a friend who greatly admired a shawl I made last year, which ensured her a spot on the "people I'm willing to knit for" list. The gift shawl is not quite to the halfway point so there's enough pressure to keep me motivated but not quite so much that I am berating myself for not starting it sooner.