Wednesday, December 27, 2006

First Log Cabin

LinkThis will be that project that sits in the basket by my chair. Easy mindless knit, knit, knit. I definitely agree that these Mason Dixon Log Cabin designs are addictive. Next time I plan to use more colors. I wanted to start simple. I actually started with the Moderne baby blanket pattern. But, I knew I would be more engaged if I changed the colors more often.

The yarn is Rowan Calmer, 75% cotton, 25% microfibre. Can you guess what color I'll be knitting after this brown row?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Merry Knitting Christmas

I was blessed with some great knitting gifts this Christmas! My very cool sister-in-law sent me the book "Unexpected Knits" by Debbie New. It is a beautiful book with amazing photos of the most creative knitting I have ever seen. It is truly fiber art. Susan also sent me an ounce of Qiviuk (Arctic muskox). The yarn is just lucious. I can't wait to knit this stuff. I'm thinking about making this Wavy Feathers Qiviuk Scarf.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Twas the day before Christmas Eve...

and the last Family Sock Challenge sock is FINISHED!!! My fingers are a little sore, but all the women in the immediate family will get a pair of socks this Christmas. It only took the whole year to finish five pair of socks. Happy Holidays everyone!

Early present for hubby

I finished this One Skein Double Cable scarf just in time for my husband to go to Maine last weekend. I made it from bulky alpaca that I bought at the alpaca farm last summer. It is so soft and warm. I think he liked it. I had to give it to him early because he'll never use it here in Florida.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas MEME

Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate, hot tea, or wine

Does Father Christmas wrap presents or just set them under the tree? Presents must be wrapped.

Coloured lights on tree/house or white? White

Do you hang mistletoe? No, I never see it around here.

When do you put up your decorations? Around the first part of December. Sometimes they're up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Not this year. It came too early.

What's your favourite Christmas dish? My inlaws have Plum Pudding. We light it up and sing "Deck the Halls". It's a neat tradition, and the taste is really growing on me.

Favorite Christmas memory as a child?. I grew up in Florida. When I was in fifth grade, we went to Pennsylvania for Christmas to visit our extended family. I saw snow for the first time. I still love it. Sadly, it's in the 80's here this week.

When and how did you learn the truth about Father Christmas? In 4th grade, I found my toys hidden in the closet. I think I already knew about Santa at that point, but I remember that my mom cried. She was more upset about it than I was.

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? I used to as a child. I usually don't do that anymore.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have a real tree with white lights. There is a large velvet ribbon that drapes down the sides. There are many unique ornaments, all with sentimental value.

Can you ice skate? Yes, I first tried it that winter in Pennsylvania. But, I really learned as an adult at a rink here in Florida.

Do you remember your favourite gift? I appreciate everything I get. I remember getting a "Baby Tenderlove" and a "Mrs. Beasley" that I really loved.

What's your favourite Christmas dessert? Tollhouse Cookies

What's your favourite Christmas tradition?I love going to church on Christmas Eve, setting up the Nativity, and watching "A Christmas Story".

What tops your tree? A crafty handmade angel.

Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? I love giving, but I agonize over buying gifts. I'm not very good at it, and I don't feel like I have enough time to be as creative as I would like to be.

What's your favourite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells. I've been learning how to play it on the piano for the last 4 years. I think I've finally mastered it.

Candy canes? Definitely. They hang on the tree, then I spend the month of January eating them.

Almost 3 months to the day...I'm back!!!

Hi World. Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. As always, the fall has been hectic. Teaching and grad school definitely put a dent in my knitting, but I'm off for 2 weeks and madly trying to finish the last family sock gift. My fingers are killing me. Anyway, I'll be posting pics soon. I'm hoping to keep up with the blog a little better in the spring.