First day of 2014 and it's WIP-it Wednesday...

...Here is the first sunrise of the year:

Sunrise Jan 1, 2014

Last night's dinner was a collection of pre-made hors d'oeuvres that I just had to bake in the oven.  Very simple, but very filling. We toasted the new year with champagne and fresh raspberries. We texted the Daughter who is in LA for the Rose Bowl and watched the fireworks on TV for a bit. It was a laid-back celebration, just the kind we like.

The Last Finishes of the 2013:

I finished knitting The Night is Purple and Full of Stars (aka Southern Skies) shawl [Ravelry] around 5:30pm. I knew there was no way I could block it last night, but I'm declaring it done anyway.  I'll block it today. Here it is in its unblocked state:

The Night is Purple and Full of Stars shawl

Specs: 
Started: 5/18/13
Finished: 12/31/13
Pattern: Southern Skies by Audrey Nicklin
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Velvet Bilberry, 4 skeins
Mods: Used a modification of the edging from Leaves of Grass shawl

Have a Mini-Pookies Christmas ornaments [Ravelry] was the stealth Christmas present for my friend:

Mini-Pookies ornaments
Specs:
Started: 12/5/13
Finished: 12/26/13
Pattern: Mini-Pookies by Barbara Prime
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in various colors

The other Christmas present was for The Husband. This is his new Make Mine Charcoal hat [Ravelry]:

Make Mine Charcoal hat, from the top

Specs:
Started: 12/17/13
Finished: 12/26/13
Pattern: Make Mine Gray by Steph Michaud
Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in Jet and Patons Classic Wool  


WIP Roll Call
WIPs in rotation:
  1. Mediterranean Mermaid (cross stitch):
    Still working on the hair.
  2. Carbonized Zombie socks [Ravelry]
    Working the instep decreases
  3. Jacques Cousteau hat for the Husband [Ravelry]
    Just started
  4. Cazadero Mist handspun  [Ravelry]
    Need to ply the singles
Waiting to be rotated in:
  1. Anasazi by Susan Portra (needlepoint)
  2. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Halloween Phat Fiber samples (spinning) [Ravelry]
  4. Hive cross stitch
  5. Love Scissor fob (cross stitch)
Hibernating:
  1. Going Snow Global quilt (quilting)
  2. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  4. Seaweed Cardigan (knitting) [Ravelry
WIPs To Be:
  • A wall hanging (weaving) using the natural color handspun I did last summer
  • A peacock or mermaid quilt for me.

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