When the hat was complete, I considered making matching mittens. This plan was foiled when I realized that I didn't have the right sized needles at the ready. Instead I pulled out the red garter stitch swingy cardigan and set about finishing the sleeves. It was very slow going. I just couldn't get into a good rhythm. Garter stitch in the round is not quick for me. With just a few inches to go I set it aside and cast on a holiday gift for Aine. I saw a poncho from Grace a few years ago, and knew I wanted to make one for her. When the right bright pink yarn came along, it seemed like the perfect combination. Aine's poncho really came together quickly. Miles and miles of stockinette were a great match for the miles and miles of driving we did. The poncho body is finished. I am just now working on the hood, and I hope to be done with this gift by next week. i showed it to my mom and she agreed that Aine will love it.
A Prayer for Owen Meany while traveling. Instead I listened to many audiobooks. Our family finished so many good ones. A favorite was Farmer Boy (Little House series), since we had visited the site of the Ingalls Plantation and could greater appreciate the story. We also listened to Betsy-Tacy and a few boxcar children mysteries. During a repeat listening of one of our audiobooks, I was able to finish The Tiger's Wife. It was a good book, which was made better by the reading of it. I am hoping to read more now that we are back in Arizona and our travels are over.
So what are you reading and knitting along with Ginny? Have you started holiday gift making? Do tell.