My workload is FINALLY lightening, loosening up some mental space for holiday crafting and gifting.
I realized the other night that little Miss H doesn't have a Christmas stocking yet! What kind of knitting mom would I be if I can't at least pull that project together for my little one? So off to Ravelry for ideas (I heart Ravelry) and have landed upon one -- Christmas in Tallinn from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush (sorry non-Ravelers, the link will only work for beta testers). I heart colorwork and I heart Nancy Bush,... so perfect! I ordered the book and some yarn from KnitPicks last week, and hope that it will be waiting for me when I get back home later this week, as I'm still visiting the folks in Northern CA.
Oh,... I also ordered a new Namaste bag yesterday -- the Everyday in brick red:
And downloaded this very cute mitten pattern from Kate Gilbert's site:
I love the bird detail on the thumb and the little flower on the palm.
In other knitting news, I'm going to be hosting a knitting playgroup next week. Most of the moms are beginner knitters, and a few would like to learn. Any suggestions on what cast-on to teach? I'm not a big fan of the backward loop, which is probably the easiest, so maybe a knitted cast-on? The long-tailed cast on is my personal go to cast-on, but am thinking that a knitted cast-on might be better for a beginner since it's a lot like the knit stitch. Opinions? Any suggestions would be appreciated!!