Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving is over...

Now I have to get into the Christmas spirit. Was not feeling it this past weekend/long holiday at home. Thought about putting up the tree yesterday, but I was the only one home and it did not feel right or merry to do it all myself. We are supposed to have a cold front move in by Thursday with some snow maybe. Hopefully that will put me in the mood for Christmas and I will drag the tree out this weekend then. That could be nice, put on a pot of coffee and spend the day inside where it is warm unwrapping all the holiday decorations from the past.

Sad to say, I did not work on any of my knitting this last weekend. I did get the laundry done and the house put back in order from having all the family over. You know, putting away the china and silverware that you only use once a year. Why do we do that anyways? THey are way too pretty to use only once a year. Oh well, such is life. I would feel really guilty if something broke.

I know I did not post any pics from last week's yarnoholic meeting. MOnica was so almost done with her blanket and promised that it would be done by tomorrow. She had today off and I suspect she is working on it. Deana made alot of progress as well, she got the two halves to her first stocking done and was already working on the second. I am so proud of her!!

I got the heel part started on Sirena's stocking, but that is it. Hopefully I will be able to work on this evening. I just always hate that part about the gussett and picking up the stitches, but once that is accomplished then it is easy breezy!

For now, keep on knitting!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

It is Tuesday

And you all know what that means if you have been reading this here blog at all. Tuesday at work is my yarnoholic meeting with some of the gals. Today I brought the camera because I hear Monica has finished her crochet baby blanket for her neice that is due in December. Can not wait to see that and take pictures of it.
Deana is still pluggin along on a stocking for one of her boys and hopes to be able to get the second one completed by Christmas as well. But she only works on her crocheting at the weekly meeting. We can not convince her to do her hobby at home as well. Although she has a good excuse now for not having any time in the evenings since her hubby and her are fostering two boys that they are going to also adopt, so we can forgive her.
I have put down the second fair isle sweater and started a stocking for my oldest daughter Sirena. I made one last year for Valerie, Jeff, and my new son in law Aaron. I did not like the yarn I used for the boys though. It was the lion brand suede, which is a okay yarn, but then I knit Valeries in the Noro, which is one of my all time favorites since I discovered it around that time. Aaron's came out way too big, I was also learning how important gauge is at that time. He loved it anyways, how nice of him to be so kind to me.
The holidays are coming, and I really have not started any knitted Christmas projects except for the stocking. I really do not think that I am that good yet that the recipeients really like what I make for them, so I will not torture them, or myself for the stress of trying to make something in time. I want to enjoy the holidays this year, not come to hate it if I try to do too much to make it all perfect.
Keither and I did get the Christmas lights put up outside this past weekend. I always want to have them up by Thanksgiving so that we can have our own annual lighting ceremony on that evening. See dinner is always at our house, and last year with all the kids being practically grown up I did not make that tradition such a big deal. Then by the end of the evening when everyone is getting ready to go home, my neice or nephew (not sure who it was) asked why we had not done the lighting ceremony yet. WHAT?! You all really like that, well lets get out the door and stand on the sidewalk and have someone flip the switch!! YIPPEE! So I am not a dork and the family does care about these silly little traditions!

That is it for now, I will take pictures today and post later. KEEP ON KNITTING!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ugly Sweater

I am going to be brave and post a picture of my ugly sweater!! Nobody can laugh either, it was alot of work! But as I said in the last post, I learned alot from it. So there you have it. I will be taking it to work tomorrow, horrors or all horrors, to show to the other gals in the yarnoholic meeting. It is Tuesday and some of them have been asking to see it. I will put on a brave face and endure.

I have already started another one since this one was so much fun. I am using the Cascade 220 (lovely yarn I must say), got it on sale a few weeks ago at the LYS.
I knitted a swatch of the colors I am going to use also. Glad I did, as the first one was not very well received by the hubby. He was right, I just hate to admit that. But I do know that I am not very color coordinated. Check out the picture below. On the bottom half is the first choices of color, on the top half, I switched the dark green and dark blue around. Made a huge difference in my humble opinion.

Well, that is enough for now. More later.

For now keep on knitting!