December Updates

Why, hello there, dear readers! As a home that celebrates Christmas, my family has entered into the liminal week in between that holiday and New Year’s Eve. It’s a strange time, where we are all on vacation and don’t really have much in the way of plans, outside of a few errands or puttering around the house. We’ve been playing board games, binging television, watching movies (Glass Onion is FANTASTIC–check it out if you’re able!), and, of course, playing video games. I’m trying to wrap up some of my yarny works in progress (and trying to accept that I will not finish them all, and that’s okay). We’re eating way too much in the way of leftovers and snacky foods.

Quite frankly, it’s wonderful, if a little disorienting at times. All schedules are out the window. This is maybe the only time of the year I’m all right with that. I’m trying not to get too wrapped up in making plans for projects in the new year. So, with that in mind, let’s take a moment to pause and look over the month that’s wrapping up right now, shall we?

On the writing front, there’s not a ton of news to report. Got some revisions done. Threw a few darts at the brainstorming wall for next year’s novel, jotted down a brief outline for the RPG adventure I need to write in the next few weeks. That’s about it. I’m kind of in recharge mode on that front. Been reading a decent bit this month, which is always a good way to accomplish that recharge. [On a side note, I DO plan to write up a post for y’all next month breaking down what I read in 2022.]

Gaming-wise, it’s been more board games than video games over here. I have no complaints about that, because it means lots of family time. I’ve been dipping in and out of Portal a wee bit, and doing my daily Animal Crossing. I can officially declare my island redo done! Next up, an overhaul of my house, and then I’m hoping to spend some quality time in the Paradise Planning DLC. I did remember to get some pictures of my island for you! Here’s a bit of a mini tour.

Those last two are my island map in July (left) and then my island map today (right). You can see I moved around all of the buildings and did a lot of terraforming with the paths and waterways (and the cliffs, which are the different colors of green–one color for each level). I kept the vibe of the island pretty natural, but scaled back a bit on the flowers and added some more ruins and hangout nooks. There are a lot more waterfalls, too. It’s been a fun project, for sure!

Yarn-wise, I’ve been very busy this month. Nine gnomes (out of a total of 38 for the year!) and a Christmas hat for my hubby. I wrapped up the year-long Year of Gnomes KAL yesterday with Leave Gnome Stone Unturned (Ravelry link).

I knit (at least) one gnome every month, going in order of release date for Imagined Landscapes’ first twelve patterns. For some reason I am wholly unlcear on, I decided to knit them all in worsted weight instead of fingering weight. My wrist doesn’t love me, but now I know what a year of knitting worsted weight gnomes will get me and I don’t have to repeat that experiment, ha. Bonus, I’ve got a wonderful donsy to show off once we get some shelves hung up. Here’s the whole Year of Gnomes group:

December also brought the advent gnome MKAL, Gnome-Made Gifts (Ravelry link). As is customary, I made one for myself and one for my daughter. Gnova was a lot of fun, and the first gnome we’ve knit bottom-up, which was a good surprise. This construction was due to her bonus accessories–her hats can be swapped out. The one in greens is for me, and the one in pink is for kiddo.

The other five gnomes I made this month were all gifts. I used the Gnatasha size from the Never Not Gnoming pattern (Ravelry link). The first four were gifts for my nieces and nephews, with colors chosen to try to match their favorites. The last was a holiday gnome for my daughter’s therapist, who we learned collects gnomes herself. (Yes, there are two pictures of the neon gnome–I couldn’t resist getting the dinosaur shot in there).

And, FINALLY, the hat I knit my husband for Christmas. No pattern to link, as I just kind of winged it. Used a bulky yarn and just knit until it seemed like the right size. I am REALLY digging this yarn, and there’s plenty left. I might have to make myself a matching hat at some point, if I can get around to it.

And that’s all she knit! I’ve got a small project I’d like to get done in the next day or two, and then I want to try to finish the Grimblewood cottage before Sunday. January will be for finishing up the two negelected Staycation blankets. That’s about as much planning as I plan to do at the moment.

So, that’s my December (almost) all wrapped up. All in all, I feel pretty good about it. I feel even better to be on the other side of all of the hectic parts of it. I hope that you, dear readers, can say the same about your own December, and if not, well, hang in there. It is almost over. You can do it. I believe in you.

Until next time, take care of yourselves, and here’s to a better 2023, no matter what your 2022 was like!

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