Remember back in the spring when I had about four weeks to prepare for and pass my driving test so I could be a grownupish person with a license?
Well, even though I don't actually drive that much, I've gone on being particularly proud of myself for passing on the first try because there was so much I had to fit my driving lessons around, and also put out of my mind so I could concentrate on the perfect parallel park.
It wasn't just the usual day to day Busy, but bonus family health crises, an annoying tendency to get sick myself, the BSJ knitalong I started and ultimately, with shame, had to bow out from to make the rest possible, and two rather urgent mystery knits that had to be perfect and blocked and dried and into the mail about two days after said test.
I wouldn't have missed the chance to do those mystery knits for anything though - because they were for this year's Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts issue. Yes!
Unlike Kathi, I haven't got a clue how to post any of the gorgeous photographs the magazine took of my samples, but I did get some lesser ones before I packaged them up to send.
There is a shawl that looks fussy but is actually a super easy travel knit:
(and which doubles as a scarf):
And of course, a hat:
I cannot wait to get my hands on this issue, and not only because I'm in it. Seriously, scroll through that table of contents, wouldja?
There is so much in there I want to make, and as usual - even though this is the time I should be thinking about presents for other people - all of it for me.
Things like Sarah Fama's Winged Shawl, Talitha Kuomi's Wild Olive Beret, Cecily Glowik MacDonald's Wavy Lace Capelet, Betty Monroe's Sophia Shrug, and Kendra Nitta's Budding Branches hot water bottle cover.
You know, just for a start.