Knitting for Christmas Eve - A Cute Bolero and Knit Picks Haul!

Christmas Eve is always my chance to dress up during the holiday season.  As I've gotten older (and who's to say 27 is old, but now that my bones crack when I stand up and I go to bed at 10PM without complaint, I'm pretty sure I'm getting up there), there are more and more reasons to dress up in December.  There's always some kind of party.  But Christmas Eve has always been my night to really get dressed up, do my hair, go to the midnight service at the church I grew up in, and oh - celebrate my mom's birthday.

Shopping for dresses is probably one of the more horrific experiences I have.  I hate everything I try on, but it's something I need to do.  That's why this year, I'm going to recycle this sassy navy blue numer that I wore in a friend's wedding back in July:

I already know I love the dress and it fits well, so why put myself through the pain of shopping for clothes in the middle of Christmas?

However, the dress is not really church appropriate for a full-fledged holiday service.  At least not in my opinion.  So I need to get a cover up.  Again, I really hate shopping, especially during the holidays, and it always takes hours for me to find shrugs that I like.  Most of them are hideous, huge, and some of them have gross shoulder pads.  UGH!  It's awful.

But I'm crafty and determined enough to try my hand at making my own.  And that's why I purchased some of this Knit Pick Shine Worsted yarn to attempt knitting a shrug I actually like (ravelry link to pattern):


Originally I wanted to get a crazy bright color, but then I decided that the dress is navy blue and I wanted to wear my shiny red heels, so I'm toning it down with a safe, neutral cream color that I can match to any future ensemble I throw together.  And I'll look like a patriotic sailor, to boot.

And of course, it's not fun enough just starting a new project without treating myself to some Knit Picks Harmonies!  I drooled over the interchangeables when someone sent them with their traveling scarf, so I picked up some of my own in the sizes I'd need:


I'm finishing up some flowers for a Christmas swap I'm participating in, then I have a few custom hat orders to work on before the holidays.  But I think this will be my Thanksgiving break project.  You have no idea just how much I'm looking forward to that!  Classes will be done until January, then it's just me, my job, and coming home to knitting!

I suppose one of these days I should start working on my Christmas gifts.  I can't believe it's that time of year again already!