I didn’t know this when we got married, but Ben really likes jigsaw puzzles. And not in that “if there’s one around I’ll look at it for a few minutes and fit a couple pieces in place, and over the course of several months I may or may not finish it” way, but in the obsessive, down-the-rabbit-hole way. Which is all right, really, because the only table big enough for the thousand-piece puzzles he does is our kitchen table, which is also where we eat.
Abbey Road, the beginning
Find all those edge pieces and start with the border…
Expert puzzler posture: the hunchback.
The Liverpool lads begin to take shape…
…as does the road and a bit more sky and trees…
…and a bit more (though Ringo is still hollow at this point).
The crosswalk is almost complete.
There it goes.
Beginning to end, Ben did the puzzle in about four days. I helped very little with it, other than sorting the puzzle pieces to find edge pieces or certain blocks of color. (Also, I set up the Welcome to Night Vale podcasts to listen to while I was sorting and Ben was puzzling. That is one trippy podcast, and I highly recommend it.)
We’re thinking of framing the completed Abbey Road puzzle, but Ben plans to do the Where the Wild Things Are Puzzle again sometime. Maybe jigsaw puzzles will be his December tradition; he completed this one last year.
Where the Wild Things (mostly) Are
I’m reviving the long-dormant knitting tag. In the second half of November alone, I made two scarves, and showed Ben how to knit as well. He picked it up quickly and is making a fine gray scarf for himself.
Meanwhile, I ripped out the first scarf I ever made, which was a bit lumpy, and re-knitted it in the exact same way (that is, straight knitting, no pattern at all).
Old new scarf.
Next, I got myself some brand new yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease “Thick and Quick” with stripes, 80% acrylic, 20% wool. I started it at home, did a big chunk in the car on the way to Pennsylvania (I wasn’t driving, obviously), and finished at my in-laws’ house. Early on, I had to consult my co-worker (who is an impressively talented knitter) to refresh my memory about ribbing (k2p2), and with that assist, the rest went quickly (as promised!).
New stripy scarf
I can’t keep track of whether I started each row with knitting or purling, so I kept track on the back of a receipt. (I know there’s an app for that, but pen and paper works just as well.) I still messed up in about three different places, but the scarf’s still warm and cheery-looking and that’s what matters.
That’s probably the last project for me for the year, but at least I haven’t forgotten how. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to try making a hat again. Those double-pointed needles are still around here somewhere…