Archive | November 2008

Very thankful

Thanksgiving in my family is “the” holiday of the winter nowadays.  We all get to descend on my parents (sister’s family from Virginia, my family from Tennessee, and my brother’s family who lives just minutes away from them).  We have a good time visiting and cooking together.

The kids enjoy feeding the animals (my parents’ dog and horses at various neighbors), going to the park, playing with each other, and being spoiled by Nana and Pappaw.  I am very thankful for them and wish I could see them more often.

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Finishing frenzy

The big orange hunting socks are finally finished.  These took quite a long time to knit compare to the others lately.  First they are bigger socks and longer socks and the pattern repeats are on every round – whew!

First modeled by Miss Bug…

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Then by DH.  His father is the recipient.

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Particulars…

Yarn: Trekking XXL, used most of one skein

Color: mostly orange

Needle: US 2 (knit picks, used magic loop, one at at time)

Pattern: Made it up

Inspiration: Hedgerow socks and fetching

Size: Men’s size 10-11 wide

I also knit up a pair of mittens for me!

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Particulars:

Yarn: Manos de Uruguay, used about 2/3 of a skein

Needle: US 9, magic loop, ‘toe-up’

Pattern: plain, kind of made up, numbers based on Ann Budd’s book of patterns

I also sewed up my sister’s clogs (fiber-trends) and will felt them over Thanksgiving.  She has tiny feet, so I wanted to do it when I have her foot around for measurement purposes.  I also am working on a pair of fingerless mitts for my friend’s husband.  I just taught her to knit yesterday.  Pictures later…

Otherwise, things are ticking along here.

Bug had her Thanksgiving program at ‘school’ in which the kids sang.  She is wearing orange.

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She was actually on good behavior this year – no crying like last year.  And she even ate some of the lunch!  Since Thanksgiving is so late this year and Bug is very much in the holiday spirit, we also made ornaments

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and put up our Christmas tree this weekend.

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We are hoping to avoid so much materialism with her.  She seems to want everything she sees.  So, we devised this plan – she gets to cut out pictures of things she wants and glue them to a special block of construction paper we keep on the freezer with Santa’s picture on it.  Then Santa will choose one thing to bring her.  We will get here something and her grandparents will too, but maybe it won’t be so overwhelming…?

I have only one more lecture and two more classes in this semester – one course was double the time each week (to allow for travel) and ended at mid-semester.  However, there is ‘no rest for the wicked’ – as soon as classes are finished, I have to report for US district jury duty for the remainder of December… BIG FUN!

Before and after

Before…

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After…

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This was a skein of knitpicks memories yarn that I knit into Fetching and then over-dyed with blue and red koolaid.  I knit it double-stranded and used only a single skein.  The fabric is a bit stiff, but will work nicely to keep some hands warm.

Bug and I model the socks for Pappaw T.

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finally, some cat pictures…

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and Bug pictures… she loves ‘crunching’ leaves

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and being a ‘big girl’ – sigh.

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Fall sights and sounds

I am truly amazed each fall when the bits of color start to appear.  The oranges and reds and yellows swirling around the deep, almost black bark.  I love the fall – the sights and the sounds.  I love to crunch through the little piles of leaves that the brisk autumn winds pile for us to play in.  If you want to see some beautiful fall pictures, go visit Snapdragon!

The only problem is that means winter is coming – I will not think about the winter… no, not now.  I will think about something else.

Our dance went well on Friday even though there was low attendance…

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I am onto the second giant orange hunting sock and have nearly finished a pair of fetching.  I used an old skein of Knitpicks memories yarn and held two strands together.  I am going to over-dye them so they don’t look so hideous – pix soon.

We are going to go camping this weekend – marshmallows BEWARE!