Too Much Christmas Knitting?

I may have began, or planned, too many projects to complete before Christmas. A common problem most knitters face, but I have successfully been able to pull it off in years past. I think deciding to knit the extra hat and mittens is what’s gonna do me in this year, but I am not giving up hope yet! The mittens are in heavy weight, and Im almost done with the Yak Hat (which I cant wait to post about when finished!), so on top of needing to complete a child’s sweater in 2 weeks for a ravelry swap, I only have 2 more hats, a pair of mittens, and a baby cardigan to complete. Thats not too bad, right? I have 2 months…

The ravelry swap sweater is the project that’s stressing me out a bit. Im knitting the Little Oak cardigan in a child size 4 and I have the bottom part up to the arm pits, and one sleeve done. I have 2 weeks before I need to ship it. I figure I have the largest part complete, I just don’t love knitting the sleeves. Im not a huge fan of DPN knitting anymore, (I went through a sock phase and LOVED my DPNs, but have since moved on) and sleeves just seem to take forever. You think that they are long enough, you measure, you are 2 inches short. Then it’s like you are stuck there. No matter how many more rounds you knit – it feels like you are 2 inches short FOREVER.  /rant

I have a couple projects I knit while I was on a blogging break that I wanted to share. First are the Knitted Scale Mail Gloves I whipped up for my daughter. They only took a few days, and once I figured out the best way to knit on the scales, they were easy.


That is my gorgeous daughter, Anela, with her matching blue hair. She wanted mostly blue scales with silver accents and thats what she got. We call them her Dragon Scale Mail Gloves and I purchased the dragon scales on etsy. I believe I used around 300 blue scales and 100 silver. The gloves were kinda heavy once finished, but didnt feel too bad when you put them on. She likes them and thats all that matters.

I also completed a Kina for a work friend’s little girl. I used Madelinetosh in Tosk DK, in the color way Sunrose. The color was stunning. I like the reliability of this pattern. Simple, yet super cute, and it lets the pretty yarn stand out.


I have to get back to my Christmas knitting now, before I see another project and add it to the list of “must knit NOW!” 🙂


About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 17 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adorable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.
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