Revisit: Fish Hat

Fish hat knittingI mentioned Christmas before, but holy cats! I somehow lost track of how close it is to Christmas... Well, in my mind anyway. I like to make most of the gifts that I give, so I try to start early (read: summer). So far, I've only started on one present... The fish hat for my younger sister. I had started a hat for my older sister, but frogged it because I was using the wrong yarn/gauge. It was HUGE! I'll start over :)

Do you buy most of your gifts or make them? I used to buy each gift until I found myself without a job one year, asked everyone to not get me anything and I baked them all cookies... I felt terrible for only being able to make cookies. The following year, I re-took up knitting just as a hobby and ever since then, it's been a bit of a tradition to make the women of my family slippers. I've yet to find a decent slipper pattern for a man or a boy -- if you know of any let me know!

I spent most of this long weekend stripping off wallpaper, washing walls, spackling, sanding, and painting our living room. I'd like to note that my daughter spent the night with her grandparents, hence me busting out the Bananatini Vex. I'm happy to say that the walls are done after two full days of hard labor being put into it. I even stayed up until 2:00 AM last night in order to finish it... Since it is actually physical work, my body was energized and awake until 5:00 AM. That would have been okay if my daughter hadn't woken up at 7:30 AM. Ack! No sleep for this mama. No real surprise there, eh? :P

Truth be told, my daughter is amazingly fabulous at sleeping.  Man, I love her!

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