This close to Christmas weekend, pretty much all I have are secrets. Some are gifty secrets, of course, but some are design secrets.
It's no secret how yummy these cookies and munchies are that Natalie and I finished up last Saturday. She made Puppy Chow (middle front two containers), and we made Snickerdoodles (center), chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, Chex mix, and some little bites that you make with pretzels, Rolos, and pecans (a Pinterest find). Again this year, I was the most pleased with the Snickerdoodles. They and the Chow were the only keepers from last year's holiday baking, and with good reason! Unfortunately, they taste the best just after baking, still warm, with a nice cup of coffee. You want to eat the whole batch!
I have been very, very busy lately with this little stack of assorted hats and headbands in some rustic farm yarns (bottom to top: Columbia/Icelandic from SunFiber Yarns in Kalispell, MT; some wool from Lopez Island; good ol' Eco Wool; and some Kerry Woolen Mills wool from Ireland). You can see some of their linings peeking out, too. Most of the lining material is made with angora that Shelly of Butternut Woolens felted for me. It is bar none the softest fabric I have ever come across and works heavenly for lining hats. We have some very happy folks over here who get to wear these this winter. The pattern will be ready next month, in time to make some heads warm where you are.
I've also been working on and finishing something for the Knotty Knitters calendar 2013. All I can tell you is that it's 74" x 16" of Baby Alpaca Chunky (#580) softness. This design is a fun knit. However, it will be a really long time until I can say more about that. I just had to give you a little peek!
And super duper secret are these two little bundles made with (left) Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Sassafras, and (right) Mountain Colors Bearfoot. I'm not sure of the color name of this one--lost the tag! It's a black with shots of red, blue, smokey green, and dusty tans. These are going in someone's stocking very soon. Maybe I can get a shot of the Someone wearing them and show you later. Cross fingers.
So there you have it--the reason I've been away. If anyone has written me e-mails and not gotten answers, I've been trying to stay off the computer and get this stuff done--please excuse. Are you still trying to finish up someone's gift? Well, get outta here and go finish!
I'll be back next week to look back at that to do list I set for myself and see how much I really got accomplished. Chuckle.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Enjoy!