Sunday, November 27, 2005

Decorating Time

We had a wonderful time at our son's on Thanksgiving. The meal was sooo scrumptious and we enjoyed lots of laughs all around. The fact that my DIL had her tree up and decorated put us in the mood to come home and let the decorating begin!

Yesterday we put up garlands and some of the bigger items and today was unpacking boxes (and I do mean lots of them). We have way too many decorations and why I've kept them all is a mystery to me. I know many of them have sentimental value but I am going to part with as many as I can force myself to let go. We have a local mission and they could be used and enjoyed by those less fortunate.

I want to put out less decorations and enjoy them more, if that makes any sense. I look around me and find that I really want to pare down so much of what we have. I guess it's just one of those phases in life that as we get a little older, we want to simplify. I know I do!

On the knitting front, it's been a disaster of sorts. I made a lovely garter eyelet scarf using Chamonix and when looking it over after finishing it, I noticed an indentation of one side where I had joined in a new ball of yarn. Naturally, I couldn't just leave it alone, as that would have been way too easy. Instead I fooled around and picked it out and now for some unknown (to me, anyhow) reason, I have 2 separate pieces of scarf at about the mid section with "live" stitches on both sides?????? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! This is going to take a knitter with alot more expertise than I have to sort out, and I just hope and pray I don't have to rip out an entire half.

Not much other news to report but I wanted to check in and hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. Be well until next time,


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mid November Already!

It's so hard to believe we're only a little over a week away from Thanksgiving. The time keeps on speeding by and even though I swear that "this" will be the year I'm ready early, with no rushing around shopping for Christmas (which is only about 6 weeks away), somehow the year flies by and I'm still rushing about trying to figure out how to get it all done. I know some of you can sympathize with me. I know it always gets finished in the end and that's what I try and remind myself.......stay calm and focused.
I took the cute "animal test" from Miss Wooly Knits site and turns out I'm a young pony! I figured I'd be a kitty cat, since I love my 2 little sweeties, Bunny and Trixie so much, but I'm a young pony with much strength, grace, and beauty. I tried to copy and paste the result here, as Mary Ann so aptly did, but it wouldn't work for some reason.

I've been knitting alot the past couple of weeks and managed to finish my daughter in law's Christmas stocking which turned out quite nicely. Now I need to remember how to duplicate her name on it and stitch in a secure loop. I have trouble with those and wonder what others do to keep the darned thing in and secure when the stocking gets filled up and heavy. Can you share some of your secrets with me?

I also finished my brother's hat using Cleckheaton's merino supreme in a light grey with a dark grey touch of coloring patterning. I know he'll be nice and toasty in this.

I knit a scarf using a combo of Colinette's Isis and Zanzibar but after it was finished I decided it wasn't really long enough, so I actually ripped the whole thing out and am almost finished it for the second time. What a nightmare to rip out......I have this stuff all over our family room and myself in the process. I knew though, that I might as well do it or I'd never wear the darned thing.

If I get my digital camera for Christmas I hope to put lots of pictures up for you to see. I know that's half the fun I have reading and seeing pics on all of your knit blogs. :)

Well, that's it for now, as I'm about to turn in. I'm so tired, and I don't know why, but I might as well take advantage of being able to fall asleep right away rather than my norm of laying there with a million thoughts running through my mind. I don't think I'll have any trouble tonight, at least I hope not. So, a good evening to all and to all a good night.

Ho Ho Ho. Laura

Friday, November 04, 2005

Christmas Wish

We're having a "pollyanna" this year in our family and it's a good thing too, with the way our family just keeps on growing. It's the first time we've tried this so I guess we'll see how it works out. I know it will be a big help to everyone on the cash end, since things are getting way too expensive and it's not always easy to pick things for certain people. You want them to like and use what you give them, but sometimes there's just no way to avoid the pitfalls of wrong choices.

We pick our 3 top wishes and for my first one I picked a digital camera.....a bottom of the line type, that's hopefully easy to learn how to use. I have no experience with these but I would love to master one so that I can put my knitted FO's on my blog. I see some of your lovely pictures on the blogs I read and it's amazing how clear and precise they are.

As for my 2nd and 3rd choices, I know one of them will be a gift certificate to a favorite yarn shop. Not that I don't have way too much yarn stash already, but a tried and true knitting addict always wants more. Why, I don't know because I have more than enough already and probably won't live long enough to use it all, but does that stop me, NO. :)

As for knitted Christmas gifts, I'm working on a Christmas stocking for one of my daughters in law, and I've already finished one for my only grandchild. It has what looks like a brick fireplace in it and turned out so lovely. I will take a picture of it before I give it to her with my trusty old camera which then has to be developed, but I will be sure to get it online. I'm also knitting a hat for my brother who works outdoors and gets pretty chilly. I'm using Cleckheaton's merino supreme and I really like knitting with it. It has a good hand and great stitch definition. Also about half finished a lovely lacey type scarf using Rowan Chamonix, which is most definetly one of my favorite yarns of all, for another daughter in law.

Weather here is hardly putting anyone in the mood for Christmas though, since it's going up to 74 today and has been warm for a good week or better with no end in sight. Living in a climate where fall is here and winter isn't that far off, this is unacceptable to my love of the cool weather. Ah, well, you can't fight city hall, right, and/or Mother Nature, so I might as well get used to it. Until I write again, peace and good times to all.

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink".