Oh my goodness! Look what is happening with the kitchen renovation!!! The walls are painted and I will have to say that my sweetie did an awesome job with the drywall. They are perfect. The cupboards are going up. A few inches of space were lost when the outside wall was insulated, which has meant a shift of all the cupboards. It won't make much different to most of the room, but the top cupboards on either side of the sink don't quite fit. We could do it by switching two of them around, but then the cupboards would only be 12 inches wide. He says if he makes them to fit, they would be 16 inches wide, which would make so much more sense for dish storage.
I've been doing a bit of Xmas knitting. These are simple wool mittens sized to fit any one of my guys. My sons and my husband all fit the same size, so this is pretty easy. I can make several pair and they can choose which one suits their fancy. That little piece of yarn is all that I had leftover from this pair. Admittedly, I used a partial skein and if I'd made mitts for myself or daughter, there would have been plenty left. But, really, I didn't need plenty left ;) The remaining 24 inches of yarn is much easier to dispose of than a partial skein.
This is the 50% alpaca/50% merino blend. It is a lovely yarn and the mittens are quite soft and yummy. I'm making another pair of "guy" sized mittens and did have a few moments of angst where I almost ripped them out and made a pair of mittens for myself. I decided that I actually have enough alpaca in my stash to blend up another batch and make myself mittens from that.
The needles are Knit Picks. They come in a 6 pack and are made from brightly coloured wood. They are some of the sweetest needles I've ever used. They have a perfect point , weigh practically nothing and slip the yarn across them just nicely. I will have to keep my eyes open for more of these.