one basic sock (a request from a 10 year old grand....for 'fluffy socks to wear under my snowboots'; his mom said he jammed his big feet into the socks I made him when he was 6 to play in the big snow last week.) No snow is predicted for awhile. Plenty of time for sock two.
Reading....actually listening.....to Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. I loved this book....it takes place during the re-education era of China's Cultural Revolution---a period of history that totally escaped coverage in my history classes. Fascinating. Well written. It has left me very picky about my next book; I've stutter-started a couple that haven't measured up, and find myself just reading an article here and there from the new Taproot.
My Mom is sort of a cocky knitter sometimes. Now don't get me wrong...I LoVe, love love love love love love LOVE! her beyond doggie words. In fact, she is rarely out of my reach, let alone out of my sight. (I really really really LOVE her!)
In spite of my undying adoration for the most important person in my world, there are times that I just must set her straight. Like this knitting thing. You may not see much of a correlation between knitting and paper, but I assure you there is one, and the one thing I love almost as much as my mom is....yes, you guessed it. PAPER! I'm rather discerning. The BEST paper is obviously knitting patterns that are bought not downloaded.
I had to toss aside an orange, a half-knit hat...drag out the sweater in progress to get to this delicacy. YUM. The yarn's ballband was pretty tasty, too. Please note: I only munched the very end of the pattern. She's knit this sweater a lot. She can wing the part I consumed, I'm sure. Everyone needs a little holiday challenge, right? Keep her humble. That's one of my jobs.
So, while she was running around and screaming at me... (moi?!!!) and cleaning up the mess parts I didn't get to finish eating...
I finished up her oatmeal that she plopped on the chair...
her breakfast was SOOOOOOOO much better than mine was.....and anyway, I got everyone up this morning at 4 for breakfast, so it was past time for my mid-morning snack. And, no. I did NOT toss the bowl on the floor (this time). I didn't break a single thing. (this time)
She kept muttering something about it's a good thing I'm so cute.
I AM pretty cute!
I hope she doesn't forget that.
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Freddy. Maybe if you had chewed up the HAT pattern instead of the sweater pattern, I would have discovered before completely finishing the crown of the hat....(that was looking ever-so-wonky, but who was really looking at it....I was reading, too, right?)...that I had cast on the yardage as if it was the stitch count! EEEEEP!!! Now that was a first for even me. I thought I had made every dumb, ridiculous, thoughtless (real mistakes and errors don't fit in this category) mistake possible; Cocky knitter? Moi?
I love handmade Christmas decorations! I still have some that my children made in grade school....their children's art work has been added to the mix. (My son's cub scout pretzel reindeer ornament got eaten by mice years ago; I still miss it.)
Does anyone remember a few years ago, Garnet Hill catalog had a knit advent garland?
A new Christmas decoration idea! I thought the idea was very cute but I didn't like the hats hanging upside down (I didn't much like their shape, either); I had a much cuter pattern for mitts--but you put your HANDS in mitts, not advent goodies. I thought the whole thing would look much better with just bitty Christmas stockings--they're intended to hold stuff anyway, right?
This was three or four years ago. My daughter decided to do one---and I made mitts for hers. (She didn't have the same hand-in-the-mitt issue I had....and remember her knitting philosophy of..... ?!What-ever!?---she was glad to have a little knitting help. Hers was done last year. And it's very cute.)
I made a few mini-stockings last year, pretty promptly got bored with the whole idea, and ended up tying them on holiday packages. SO, now I'm back to page one.
I still think it's a cute idea!
I'll never get 21 more made in 9 days. I keep getting distracted...
EEEEEEK! Stay away from my ornaments!
*Black Friday backlash is an opportunity to share ways that you are sharing the holiday spirit in a more personal, heartfelt way than simply handing over $$$$ to big-box stores and malls. There were some wonderful ideas shared last week. I'd love it if you would share even more this week. And next week. And the week after that!!!!
It certainly doesn't matter if the idea doesn't quite actually 'happen'....like my advent garland. It will someday.
The new issue of pompom came this week.....and it's a honey. If it wasn't for Christmas knitting, there are two hats and some fingerless mitts that would be on-the-needles right now. As it is, I have a couple things dog-eared from earlier issues as well. I'm at the point in the knitting year where everything looks so much better than what is on the needles at the moment. (Surely this happens toothers, too, right?) So for now, I'm just enjoying the beautiful photography, being inspired by the great advertisements, reading the articles, wishing I had some ladyfingers so I could make the whiskey tiramisu, and getting just a little bit 'high' on the newly printed smell. Love that smell.
Hubby decided he wanted another tweedy sweater--this time in green, and knitpicks had some city tweed that was perfect. This is the 5th time I've made this sweater--it's far and away his most favorite pattern (so, you would think I could have avoided the goof in the beginning that had me frogging almost an entire ball's worth of knitting ....in my defense, I was knitting in the car and I had left the pattern at home. duh? never leave home without knitting AND your pattern!)
Back on track now, and it's one of those knit, knit, knit, knit projects that needs a good book to get me through. The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is pretty good so far...a Depression-era tale of bank-robbing gangsters, beloved by the public, befuddled by the police. Kidnappings, heiresses, speakeasies....it sort of has it all....
including something that Freddy thought tasted pretty darn good.
I met Miss Babs this weekend. Yes. That Miss Babs!
I think she might have been glad she met me, too.
I'm dreaming of this, and this, and maybe making another pair of these---in cashmere this time! I can't begin to tell you the wooly wonderfulness of it all. The last time our 'paths' crossed (although the lovely lady herself wasn't present) was this summer at SSK. I came home with the yarn for my hitofude and for spectral. They are both finished. They are both loved. How could I miss another opportunity for stash-enhancement? (especially since one of those skeins cost me a mere $4.00!!! I have frequent buyers cards all over the country!!)
It was a lovely day, shared with friends. We did a little Christmas shopping, I had one of the best grilled portobello sandwiches e-v-e-r!!, and I came home to discover...
a gift from a dear friend, straight from the Santa Fe International Folk Museum (one of my favorite funky museums in the world!!!).
You are stepping on MY holiday, oh you consumer-driven big-box-stores...the names of which will never darken the pages of this blog. Not only have you been inching up with earlier and earlier opening hours, but you've now encroached on what was the one 'non-consumer/pro-family-and-friends' holiday of the entire year by opening on THANKSGIVING!!! For this...I do not, and will never, give thanks.
And what makes it even worse....you are starting to tell us all about it weeks before it happens. Enough.
I came across this post by Beverly Williams. I'm in. I'm seriously making my holiday lists and purposely avoiding the 'big-boxes' this year. (This is not much of a sacrifice for me; I've avoided them pretty much for the past ... oh, dozen or so years! It's nice to have a soapbox to climb on, though.)
In Black Friday Backlash,though, I thoughtyou might like to join me in sharing ways you are making this season more personal and heartfelt. It might be a pile of yarn destined to become a handcrafted gift; it might be a mound of crafting goodies that will turn into something special; perhaps some foodie ideas...or how about plans to share the gift of time...quality time with special friends instead of consumer 'gifts'. I'd love to hear your ideas....(hee, hee---there is still time to incorporate some of them into my ideas!!)
Here's my start...
last year's amaryllis
and a holiday knit....
are going to be this year's Christmas cards.
Care to join me? If I was the least bit techie I'd have one of those cute little linky-things, but I had a hard enough time figuring out how to make the cards. Just comment below and add your link there.
The boring Christmas knitting continues with another pair of dorm socks/sleep socks on the needles. The good thing is....they go really really really fast, and I can read while I knit them. The first pair went so fast that they were finished before my last Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles) was. I've figured out how to read a book and knit at the same time, but I'm not nearly as good at knitting and reading from my Ipad. Go figure. (That last Agatha Christie was a free download from www.gutenberg.org) I'm sort of done with Agatha for awhile....and am moving on to Georges Simenon.
Maigret's Boyhood Friend. Same genre, Simenon was a contemporary of Agatha Christie, so I might just be swapping Detective Jules Maigret for Hercule Poirot. That's OK. Goodreads gave it 4 stars. Can't be all that bad.
With any luck, the book and socks will end about the same time and I can get back to...
this. These cables run all over the place. This is a seriously FUN knit!