2021: Wk of 11/14-20; WIPs and It’s Beginning to Feel Like Christmas

Since I’m neither a fast knitter nor a focused knitter, I’m afraid my next few posts will be progress reports rather than FOs. I did update my 2021 Knitting Plan status and I’m very happy with myself for the year. I had planned 41 “points” worth of knitting and I have completed 46.5 “points” so far. I think the annual plan and daily knitting calendar are helping me be focused. My “points” system is roughly based on stitches required for a project and complexity of the project. A goal for 2022 will be to do a better job of determining the stitches needed for each project so that I more accurately plan how long each project will take.


I am loving Cinnamon’s Say Yes To Pie pattern on my self striping Christmas yarn socks. Turn’s out I am a fan of 9″ circulars if I’m not worried about the pattern matching between the 2 socks. (I’ve already made a mistake in the pattern). Also it does need to be a near vanilla pattern at least for my skill level. I find it hard to manipulate the needles for stitches other than knit. But I’m liking the project compactness of knitting a single sock. I am going to soak the first sock before starting the heel to see if I like the feel of the sock yarn before doing any more. If I don’t like it, I’ll frog it and use the yarn for ornaments/garland.

Christmas Sock – Say Yes To Pie


I alternate between the Christmas socks and the baby blanket. This has the benefit of giving my hands different needle sizes as well as a tight round knitting versus a long straight knitting. Practicing my Continental knitting is much easier on the baby blanket too. Added bonus is my daughter-in-law will get to see me knitting with the yarn she gave me for Christmas on the baby blanket when we stop for a visit the end of the month.

Western Hills Blanket


I did cast-on this week my second Heldig Tank. This will be gifted to my oldest stepson’s wife as she said she’d like one after seeing the first one I knit for my youngest son’s girlfriend. I might be it done by the end of the year.

Heldig Tank


Because we are going to Florida a month earlier, my Christmas activities have also moved up a month. Never in my life have I wrapped a Christmas present before Thanksgiving. Usually it’s literally Christmas Eve and I’m cursing that they will be opened anyway the next day so why don’t I just put bags under the tree!! This year I needed to wrap early as we will drop off Christmas presents as we travel first to Evansville, IN on Tuesday (looking unlikely – stepdaughter just informed us we should have gotten the t-dap vaccine updated within the last 3 years even though normal vaccination is every 10 years. Hubby and I are past the 3 yr cut-off) and then in Charleston, SC and Orlando, FL (fingers crossed because DIL has informed us she wants a negative Covid test before seeing us. I was able to score free self test kits!!) the following week. Plus I’ve gotten presents for my youngest son and his girlfriend prior to our leaving and have wrapped them so hopefully a little less stress during our short visit home at Christmas. Christmas cards are usually something I’m lucky to get out by the middle of December. This year they are ready to be dropped into the mail on the 27th. Thanks to slow mail delivery, I’m hoping they won’t arrive to anyone before Dec 1. I am usually a last minute person, drives hubby crazy, so this feels very weird. At least our cold weather and snow flurries has helped make it feel like Christmas. Here’s the chocolates, nuts, teas, and hot cocoa garland I made as an Advent Calendar for my daughter and her husband.

Treats Advent Calendar


Yarn did arrive this week but I wrapped it as a Christmas present to myself so I won’t share until Christmas. Since it is not Christmas/advent yet, I leave you with a last shot of fall on the driveway. I am thankful the original owner of the property planted oak trees along the entrance of the driveway. He planted them too close together stunting many of them but they still make a beautiful and amazing canopy of trees. The oaks turn red and then brown and hold the brown leaves until spring. Makes it kinda dangerous when we get snow but oak tree branches are strong. We do have to have a tree trimmer clear the interior branches as fire code requires clear space in case a fire truck has to get back to our house.

Nov 17, 2021

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.


16 thoughts on “2021: Wk of 11/14-20; WIPs and It’s Beginning to Feel Like Christmas

  1. Your Christmas socks are really pretty. I tried the 9″ circulars but my hands were not happy campers with them. It made me sad as I thought they would be so much easier than my DPN’s to transport. The colors on the baby blanket are pretty. That is one lucky baby. Sorry to hear about you not being able to see your grandchild. I just learned about that injection yesterday! How did our kids every survive? Nobody in my family got the Tdap before seeing my babies. Car seats had just been introduced when I had my first child. There was no hand sanitizer used before handling my babies either. Times sure have changed. Another Heldig Tank! Bet you could almost make it with your eyes closed. Pretty color for it too. The Advent Calendar is so cute. I am sure your daughter is going to love it. Those oak trees are gorgeous. I didn’t realize they hung onto their leaves until the new ones came on in the spring. Learned something new thanks to you. Safe travels.

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    1. Agree. No one had to be vaccinated before my babies were born 20 years ago. It’s ridiculous.

      The problem with oak trees is you get to rake leaves in the spring too!! Oak leaves are also very slow to decompose so they are not recommended for composting.


  2. What is T-Dap? Typhoid Diptheria? Your socks are so pretty…I hope the yarn doesn’t bother you. You are very organized with your cards, presents, and packing! The baby blanket is so pretty. Your family is lucky to get all your handmade items. I love the treat garland….great idea! Your trees are lovely. We have lots of oaks down here and I never thought they were that pretty in the fall but this year they really shone! Happy thanksgiving to you too!

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  3. I know that trees come with work (I have 11 giant cedar trees on my property, but oh my I do love them and your oak trees are gorgeous. Way to go being so far ahead on the christmas presents. I am too this year – it is shocking to have things bought and hidden already – I haven’t wrapped yet, but I have all the supplies needed to do so. I have never heard of people asking family to have their vaccinations up to date before visiting a baby. I guess they are being very precautious and in this day I can understand. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  4. Your Christmas socks are fun, I hope you like the feel of them. I suppose having a baby during a global pandemic is going to come with a lot of heightened anxiety and paranoia around keeping the baby safe. Here you only have those injections every 10 years. Perhaps someone in her new mothers group or past has had whooping cough passed to them. I’m sure it’s frustrating and disappointing though.

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    1. It’s also every 10 years here which is why we said we were fully vaccinated. It wasn’t until 4 days before we were to visit that she informed us it had to be within the past 3 years. I don’t think our insurance would cover the shot since I’m still 4 years away from being due for an update. The Christmas socks are getting lots of wear during this cold but final week in Ohio. Then they will get lots of wear when we are back for the days before Christmas.

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  5. Those big projects aren’t easy to blog about but I personally love seeing progress photos! Good luck with all of your early holiday wrapping and making. I am generally an early bird getting stuff wrapped and ready but for whatever reason, I’m dragging my feet about it this year.

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    1. I don’t mean to complain. I’m thankful we are able to winter in warm weather and that we have family to share Christmas. I have a hard time understanding all the fear around germs/virus/etc. I was never fearful about exposing my children as infants and have no reason to think the risk is greater now then when they were babies.


  6. Thank you for reminding me that I’m coming up due for my T-dap booster! I get it for the tetanus mostly. My kids are 6 and 7, and I recommended the T-dap booster to people, but didn’t require it to visit. First time parents are given a LOT of doom and gloom expectations; its difficult to know when cautious is TOO cautious.
    I had the “if your sick at all stay home” policy. And “please wash your hands before touching my kids”. And “for the love of all that is holy, don’t kiss them on the mouth”.

    I’m bias, but your socks LOOK awesome! I really hope they soften up and are wearable at the end.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome fall oaks!

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