Before the End of 2013, I will finish…

With just one month left in the year, I feel really good about all I have accomplished this year so far. I just have a few loose ends to tie up or finish off before the new year: several works in progress I’d like to accomplish before the end of 2013:

Ulysses Butterfly Cowl: An absolutely lovely yarn from Solar Flair Fibres in tropical Cairns, Australia. Perfect to make a scarf for my MIL, thought I’d make it a cowl but I really think a basic straight scarf with the ends folded for a single large tassel on the ends will be best.

I’ve decided I do not like cowls….that’s a whole ‘nother post for another day.

Pizzelle Beret: Purchased the yummy yarn from Avril at the Tokyo Yarn Crawl last month. This pattern did not start out well for me, who is horribly counting impaired. Still slowly stitching away on my Pizzelle Beret, which I call my Sand Dollar Variation, because I erred in the pattern and it only has a total of 5 ‘petals’ vs. the 6 clearly stated in the well-written pattern. At about 60% complete, it looks great and I’m really happy with both the yarn and the pattern.

Purple Baby Alpaca Scarf: My easy train knitting, no rush to finish, but it is starting to get large enough to no longer be a convenient piece in which to work on a crowded train. Soooo yummy soft and so super warm I would like it finished soon for the coming cold winter.

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Hanging Scrolls (3): ideas and materials are put together, just the embroidery design work needs to be added, hanko signed and then post them on Etsy!

That’s enough to finish for December in addition to all the other long term projects in which I am also working. Such as the editing of my Tako Like Cookbook, some bookbinding homework, and the boring task of decluttering the house a bit for the New Year.

Waaay in the back of my mind I am currently mulling…Camping indoors with Granny Squares…I remember a childhood experience of being sick at my grandmother’s house, of her helping me build a fort in the living room in front of the tv in which I stayed until I felt better. Long bouts with chicken pox, childhood flu, and colds were spent under that living room fort covered with Granny Square blankets.  I have no idea why I’m remembering this, but I still don’t have the urge to actually make a granny square blanket so your safe :)

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