All the gift baskets are finished except the one that goes next door, and I’ve just got half a washcloth to go to finish it. I’ll finish that tomorrow, and maybe make one or two more Xmas balls. Haven’t decided on that yet. I was able to do a little reading — finally! Want to do more. There’s just not enough hours in the day, seemingly.
I‘ve got all this red and white yarn left from the Xmas balls, I’ve started a toboggan that will have Norwegian 8-leafed roses on the hem. The nice thing about the toboggan is that whatever color work I do, if I restrict it to the hem area, when I turn the hem, that will cover up the floats! As you can see, I’ve already gotten it started — on a US2.5 (3 mm) needle. It’s going to take quite a while. I’ve got about half the ribbed bit done.
I’ve got to go out tomorrow and get a magenta cartridge for my printer (printing out all those Xmas ball charts!) so I can print out the motif chart for the colorwork on my hat. I’m using Caron Simply Soft yarn. It’s acrylic (Don’t judge. Some of us are allergic to wool.) and it has a lovely hand, but it splits like crazy.
At some point, I need to suck it up and rake the back yard. Besides being all over leaves, that durn black locust has podded all over everywhere. Even the thought of having to do it makes me tired. Still, It’s not that big a yard, thankfully. I also need to do something with that front bed. Whatever I do to it will have to be done by May, assuming I’ll be having knee replacement surgery then. I’d like to transplant those roses to the back yard where their feet won’t be wet all the time. They’ve got black spot badly and it’s because very time it rains, they sit in the runoff from the roof. I’d like to get some turks’ cap bushes, some lavender and maybe some sage, and interleave them with assorted wildflowers. Something low maintenance. I really don’t want to fool with a yard, but the exercise would be good for me, as long as I don’t overdo.