I'm starting with the positive.
Some time before Christmas I showed some sneaky little pictures of some Christmas knitting here. Now they've been and gone and been merrily received I can do a g-r-a-n-d r-e-v-e-e-e-e-a-l.
First there was this.
Which turned into a crochet shawl for mum.
Ravelry details here.
A hat for Big Sis' big squeeze.
Followed by these.
A couple of happy dishcloths for the lovely Gloria over at Canela Kitchen. A blogger who I was fortunate to be paired with for Amy's Christmas card swap.
But that's where the woolly wonders finish. I've gone off at a bit of a tangent and got myself in a right royal twiddle.
I decided that I could easily knock up a pair of socks for Big Sis in time for the big day.
I was only half way through sock one when I lost three of the needles.
I decided to fall back on my tried and tested 'easy armwarmer' pattern.
One down one to go.
Now I know at this point there will be some of you thinking 'why doesn't she just get that other armwarmer finished and then think about starting something else?'
I'll tell you why.
I'm a terrible flitter.
I saw Teresa's lovely diagonal crochet hotpad and at once requested the pattern. The lovely lady that she is immediately obliged and I had visions of snuggling under a diagonal afghan by the end of the month.
This is the result so far.
I'm sorry Teresa - I will keep trying!
But to top it all. The knotted turret atop the castle built out of confused yarn (I really don't know where that analogy came from). The project that I got so excited about that I sent off for some new interchangeable needles.
Can you guess what it is yet?
How about now?
It's a miracle way of knitting socks that means you can knit two at a time via a magic loop.
It's just having a few technical problems.
Anyhow I know the question you'll all really want the answer to. You're wondering what that metal wire type thing is loitering on the edge of my dubious quality photographs.
Do you really want to know?
Go on have a guess.
I'll tell you next time!
If I'm not completely tangled up in wool that is.