I will not be a slave to Christmas this year!

Since last Christmas was such a headache due to my own procrastination and over extending, I’m starting on gift making now. Actually, I started on gift making last week and already have a finished object to show off. To preserve the surprise, I’m withholding information about specific recipients, but do you know what I will not withhold? Artful Pictures of me trying on the awesome presents.


These are Susan’s Reading Mitts (free pattern on Ravelry) in Malabrigo Merino Worsted. This is my most favorite yarn in the entire galaxy and beyond. I love the colors (this is in the Vetiver colorway, which is greens and grays that lean toward pink in a very subtle, but warm and cozy, way). It is also so very soft and smushy. I want the whole world to be knitted from Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn.

What was I talking about? Oh yes, the mitts. So these fingerless gloves (a concept to which I was whole-heartedly opposed until very recently, for reasons which I cannot recall) also feature a picot edge, which is freakin’ adorable. I was unsure of it while I was knitting because it looks sloppy until you hem it down, and then it looks neat as a pin, very old-timey and charming. So these are a huge success and really only took about 2/3 of the skein, so I have quite a bit left over to play around with (you can refer to the previous paragraph if you’re not sure about how that makes me feel).

I have also been dipping my pinky toe into bike riding. David and I have been going on short bike rides around the block fairly frequently lately, but last weekend, I rode my bike to the pool, which is a couple miles away, and also to the yarn shop to pick up the Malabrigo. I felt really good about myself for these accomplishments and David very helpfully and encouragingly told me he was impressed and that I did a great job. I am now in need of my own bike, as I have been borrowing a friend’s for awhile now. Luckily, my neighbor, Matt, works at Pedal Power in Lexington and is hooking me up with one of their old frames, all souped up a la Greased Lightning.

In a couple weeks, I will be the proud owner of an orange schwinn bicycle with a working headlight that runs from power generated from the wheels. I am not sure if I’m excited about the whole bike, or just the headlight, but either way, maybe I’ll get in better shape (although I already feel extremely healthy) and also help to save the Earth (which is not extremely healthy).

David went over to the bike shop to help Matt get started and took pictures of their progress for me, since I was far away on a business trip to Baltimore that I’m purposely avoiding writing about due to how tired I STILL AM, even though I got back on Friday *going to my happy place*. So here is my orange beauty, all shiny and with an awesome light:


bike 2

bike 3

I just love it! 

More Christmas gifts are in the works (I am sort of lying…I haven’t actually started anything else, but I do have the patterns queued up in Ravelry and I just need to buy the yarn) and I will post pics as they come.


2 Responses to “I will not be a slave to Christmas this year!”

  1. 1 Andrea June 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

    1. Yay picot edging! Love it!
    2. Cool bike!
    3. !!!!!!!!!!
    4. (I just felt like more exclamation points were needed)

  1. 1 A couple things… « Hasenfeffer Incorporated Trackback on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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