I have completely given up on being home when there is good enough light to take photos of these- instead I have resorted to flash and crossed my fingers that I might actually see daylight again sometime before March. The weekend has been mostly dark and wet. And while I know we need rain, I can't see why it couldn't have all fallen during the week when I'm working. However.
Between travel and hanging out at our friend's cabin, I completed a hat- ribbing makes a hat that will fit a range of sizes.
Three of these four pairs of mittens happened on the Maine trip as well (the last pair happened since then):
And last but not least on the Maine trip- I finished the front of my sweater, and knit on the neck trim, sewed up the front and shoulder seams (the faux placquet on the front is decorative), and then designed the set in sleeves on the fly. Without ripping back. That's a first for me- usually I futz with set in sleeves interminably- and those are from patterns. I was decidedly pleased with myself.
Now I just need to finish the first sleeve and knit the second before I lose my notes. Let's not have any bets on whether the second one will work first time through. I'm trying to think positive.
As for why I haven't gotten further with that sleeve since I got back. I had an attack of colorwork. It's dangerous stuff, on account of it pushes all other knitting aside and sucks up all one's time and attention until it's done.
And so now I'm trying not to cast on anything else until I figure out what things I want to knit for the holidays, and whether I have any remote chance of completing them in time.
How about you? Are you holiday knitting? Are your plans realistic or optimistic (or completely insane)?