The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Enter the world of Charles Dickens and revel in a Victorian London where it’s always Christmas Eve…

Who would say no to that description!? Well this past Sunday I went to Dickens Fair and it was AMAZING! The costumes were colorful, the brandy apple cider was tasty, and I got to eat a delicious meat pie. We didn’t dress up in period garb, but walking through the fair made me wish I did. The props and actors really made you feel as if you were in old London. One of my favorite parts of the fair were all of the performances. There were dances, plays, and singing sailors. Everywhere I turned there was something fun and exciting to see. IMG_4704.JPGIMG_4706.JPG

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What things do you like to do to get ready for the Holidays?

Busier that a Beaver

Between traveling for Thanksgiving, report cards, parent/ teacher conferences, and household duties I have been busy, busy, busy. I swear the time between my birthday and New Year’s feels like a whirlwind. Thankfully, I have made time to complete some knitting projects. It is the only thing that is keeping me sane. As of right now there are 4 projects currently being blocked. Thank goodness my boyfriend accepts my excessive knitting because the living room is beginning to be overtaken my my crafting.

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First, I finished my #nakniswemo2014 project. Well I should say almost finished. I am still scouting out for the perfect buttons. I would have been finished earlier except I had some issues.

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The first issue was that I did not think ahead when I decided to lengthen the sweater.  So when I tried it on before working the sleeves I felt like such a dummy. The lower section did not fit across my middle…I forgot to add stitches to account for the larger part of my torso! I ended  up frogging about 3″ back :(. My second issue was that I wanted to make the button bands thicker, however, instead of doing it correctly (measuring and accounting for additional rows) I was lazy and eyeballed it. Guess what happened to the button band? If you said “She had to frog it,” you are the lucky winner!!! All in all I now have a sweater that fits the way I want it to. Morale of the story: Think out the pattern thoroughly before you jump into it.

I finished my Prismatic Scarf awhile ago. However, I am just now getting around to blocking it. I decided to use a neutral color rather than a variegated yarn as I made this for someone in a secret craft swap for Makers for Makers (see group on Ravelry).  I also crocheted a single chain around the edge to jazz it up a bit. The yarn is Rowan’s SoftKnit Cotton that I used for my Flax sweater. I really liked this pattern and will probably make another using variegated yarn for myself. I knitted the piece to a short cowl length and then sewed the seam.  I am sure you can make it in the round as well, but I was feeling like knitting in short rows at the time.

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Sorry for the short and hurried post. I have more work to do and projects to make! I promise I will post more projects soon! Happy Knitting!