The Emporium Dome at the San Francisco Shopping Center

Could someone please tell me where the last 3 weeks went? I feel like all I’ve done is work, eat, and knit. Photographing and writing about knitting are luxuries that I just haven’t had the time to do, and just keeping up with other people’s blogs has proven nearly impossible.

Even though I said I wasn’t knitting many gifts this year, throughout November ideas kept popping into my head. I love all of the things I am making, but it still is time consuming, and a little bit stressful. I redid the short row heal on my uncle’s Phineas socks 3 times before I was satisfied, but it’s finally come out ok. It’s been a week since I finished the one sock and I’ve got to start the second one soon, but for now I am working on a mitten for someone else. I can’t say too much about that one in case the recipient happens to be reading.

I was also looking for something handmade I could do for quick gifts, so I made my first felted bowl.  I have plenty of random wool laying around to use for this, though I have bought some chunky solid wool from the yarn store I’m working in.  This is the first one I felted, using Freedom Wool.

This was my first intentionally felted object and it came out pretty good!  I hand-felted it in the sink; it took probably half an hour.  This wool felted really easily, being a chunky, loosely spun single.  I probably could have gotten that last little bit of stitch definitely out, but my hands were getting tired.  Next time I’ll wear rubber gloves.  The pattern is the one in One Skein, though knitting the bowl is just like making the most basic hat ever, and there are plenty of free instructions online.  I plan on putting baked goods and soaps in these for gifts.

P.S. I totally failed at NaKniSweMo.  More later…