But as no amount of lamenting can return that piskie-pinched week that I know went missing in the wee small hours it is time instead to assess the effectiveness of my New Year's Resolution on my vague crafty aims, which I may or may not ever have owned up to. So...
- Task number 1: Finish the sampler quilt.
- Task number 2:: Finish the second Phoenix sock and make a start on writing up the pattern.
- Task number 3: Finish and block my Flowing River shawl.
- Task number 4: Start making the Christmas tree decorations that I didn't make in time for Christmas. Christmas 2009 that is.
- Task number 5: Owls need eyes
Please forgive the mirror photo - my resident photographer had the unfortunate inconvenience that is full time employment and Miss Kitty has not yet mastered the necessary pincer grip. Or the kind of height she will need to take a picture of Mama that is more than just a shot of my nostrils.
It is a lovely comfy jumper, and whilst at the moment it reveals that this mother of a four-month old nursling has the figure of a mother of a four month old nursling, I have high hopes that a trip through the wash for blocking and the possible/probable/entirely unlikley return of something vaguely resembling my pre-pregnancy shape will only improve the fit.
I decided to go for just the one set of eyes on this jumper for various reasons, mainly connected to the cost of buttons, and I did need to buy 28 buttons because, well, when you have complete artistic direction over the dressing of your daughter, the possibility of dressing alike might just be too much to bear. (Just rejoice in the fact that I resisted the temptation to write a blog post full of Edward Lear allusions and leave it at that)
The Owlet is an equally good pattern and the finished result (size 9 months) is perfect for Kitty to continue to combat wintery weather with growth spurts. She wore it to watch H play hockey on an icily damp Saturday and, tucked up in the snuggly cover to her buggy, was the only cozy member of the sideline spectators. She also possetted on it which I'm choosing to interpret as a sign of deep devotion; after all, surely that's what it means when she drools on me, no?
So heading out into February, shall we try some crafty aims for the month:
- The handprint quilt. Absolutely has to be done.
- Finish the Phoenix socks and write up the pattern
- Make more progress on the Christmas tree decorations.
Will I get close, only time will tell!
But before I go, today is one more very important first. Today, without a hint of sarcasm or cheekiness I can for the very first time say:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA !!
and it's true - I hope you had a wonderful day Dad; your grandaughter sends giggles and apparently a small amount of milky drool (you may regift the latter if you wish) and we're looking forward to seeing you soon.