The last few days have been crazy.

The day before yesterday was full of shopping for Christmas presents and wrapping some of them.

Yesterday was full of weather!  We woke up to howling winds. Now, when it's that windy, the fact that it is over 50 degrees doesn't matter.  I put my hair up in a bun and by the time I was picking up my husband in the afternoon it looked more like a really sloppy ponytail.

Now it's raining and windy. It's actually below 40 degrees out now so it is getting really cold. And with the clouds outside, it's still dark out even at almost 7 am.

A few days ago, we saw a commercial for a show about the Civil War. My 15 year old son said he really wanted to watch it. So I told him I'd record it for him. Then he reminded me that we don't have that channel anymore.  He really likes to watch shows like this, and rarely speaks up about wanting to watch specific shows, so I went and bumped up our satellite package.

In order to get that channel, I had to go up 3 packages.  The thing is, I was watching a show on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries when I did this, and I knew the package had officially gotten changed when the screen went blank and then let me know I was not subscribed to this channel. Immediately I went and checked to see if I really didn't have that channel anymore and of course you get that channel in the lowest package, but they remove it in the next two  packages and don't put it back for another 2 packages.  And I'm not going to spend over $300 a month just so I can watch sappy ass Christmas movies and mystery movies. 

Well, the show comes on today. And I upgraded the package a few days ago. Since then, my husband has enjoyed having that channel back in our line up and is driving me bonkers watching shows about World War II. Which isn't bad, but sometimes it feels like they're on for hours.

Still, I sit and crochet or knit. I'm still working on the Crochet Plaid Slouchy Hat. I should finish the hat today, but I'm not sure about the puff on top. I'm terrible at making them by hand and my pom makers are way too small. Hopefully I'll be able to find a large or extra large maker while we're out today.

While we're out, I'll be waiting to hear back about some jobs, remembering that I can't buy presents for the kids because they'll be with me and probably thinking of things that will never be finished by Christmas...Because Christmas!

Things We Do

So, we're about 9 days from Christmas.

And of course, I only JUST started shopping in earnest.  Sure, through the year I've been making purchases, but now it's getting down to the wire with finishing up and buying gifts for friend's kids. Which I managed to do yesterday.

My husband and son went hunting at the beginning of the month. Both came back empty handed, and a few pounds lighter. While they were gone, I took advantage of the fact that my husband wouldn't be underfoot and cleaned out the closet.

There were MANY hand knit or crocheted items that have never been used or worn.  I decided to put these up for sale.  Some have sold, one generated interest in something else.

There are four slouchy hats, Waffle Stitch Slouchy hats, I think.  They're made with Lion Brand Hometown USA or Wool Ease Thick and Quick, and while there's a lot of open work, it keeps your head pretty warm.

Well, a lady asked if instead of those, I could make her some Messy Bun Hats.

Can I just say, UGH!!

I didn't want to get into this whole trend.  It sort of makes me crazy looking at all these hats with hair hanging out of a hole on top.  Still, for $30, I could hardly say no, especially since I wouldn't have to purchase a lot of yarn to make them having quite a bit of stash yarn on hand.

Thankfully, there are several free patterns available on Ravelry. A few that are amazing (and also being made by me). These are done by Celina Lane of Simply Collectible Crochet. These work up fast and look fantastic!

I am sort of tired of messy bun hats right now though so I'm working intermittently on some World's Simplest Mitts from TinCan Knits, and the Plaid Slouchy hat from Whistle and Ivy.

TinCan Knits is running a Hack-a-Thon right now.  The rule is you take a TCK pattern and hack it in some way. I am making the mittens with two colors of wool on each one, instead of making them the same color. I lost the cuff of the first mitten I had been working on, after cleaning up and 'organizing' things. I put it in a container to keep it safe so I could finish this blanket I've been working on for about a century. I managed to finish the piecework, but now need to put it all together and do the edging. It's a three color corner to corner blanket and I want to put the squares together about as much as I'd like to get shot.

Well, I'm going to work on hacking my mittens... I hope you all have a great weekend and Keep on Crafting!