Christmas has a different feel this year. My mom's medical situation has forced me to focus on the essentials. The decorations are slowing getting up. I've noticed that I want things to be soft and cozy. I like sitting in the evening with only a few lights on and candles lit.
Because of my evening light choice, knitting is a little hard. There is the fatigue factor also. I can only get a little in each night before I start getting too sleepy. My Christmas projects are perfect for my current situation.
I'm making cup sleeves. I love this pattern. I have to go to the fabric store and buy small buttons for the eyes. Each sleeve has three owls. It is a quick project. I can make one an evening. I absolutely love the owl motif. I can see using this on scarves, headbands, mittens or boot toppers.
Speaking of boot toppers, my girls are getting two-color boot toppers. I saw this on Ravelry and thought it was a fantastic idea. So that they can tell theirs apart, I did one pair by casting on with the brown and the other pair starting with the beige. I'm not completely happy with the bind-offs. I wish I could find a bind-off that is stretchy and looks more like a cast-on edge. I guess I shouldn't fret about it though. While they are being worn, the flared bind-off edge will be stretched out.
My son is getting a hat. Actually he knows already because he has seen me knitting it. I told him to act surprised when he opens it on Christmas morning. Shoot! I didn't think of it until now. I should have put an owl on this beanie. Oh well! I might just have to make another one for him.
All of these projects are stash-busters. The yarn is left over from the afghans I made for the girls.
Now off to get my grocery list made. Tomorrow will be cookie baking.