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Sunday, 1 January 2006
New Year Weather Report - Fickle
Two days ago, it was snowing clumps.

No, not flakes, clumps. Practically snowballs already.

I tried to get good pictures of just how big the flakes were, but at least you can see the streaks as they fell.

By yesterday evening, it looked like this outside

Can you say "Fickle Weather?"
Sure, I knew you could.

Between those photos, we went to see King Kong. For reasons beyond my comprehension, DH decided this would be a perfect movie for the whole family.


If you excise the middle stuff, where Peter Jackson evidently felt compelled to insert a wee bit of Jurassic Park followed by some sort of Revenge of the Giant Bugs sequence, it would have been okay. But that middle chunk kept at least one child's head buried in my shoulder for the duration, and added nothing useful to the plot.

I managed to make some headway on the Jaywalker Socks during the film -- before the kids got scared. I've also done dome knitting at home, and they're actually starting to look like they might BE socks in the foreseeable future (knock wood)

Project List, Short Form
I start the year with the following knitting projects actively on the needles:

1) Jay Walker Socks for the KAL

2) Dan's Sweater

3) The second of the Celtic Wedding Shawls

Armed with great instructions for a PVC blocking frame from MatthewI have, lined up to block, the first of the Celtic Wedding Shawls.

I have passively on the needles, waiting for me to give them some attention:

1) The Prue-Columbian Shawl
2) The Guitar Socks (who are still in the dog house for not telling me I'd made two left ones)
3) A gorgeous top out of Tess' Designer Yarns microfiber ribbon that will not sew up the way the instructions say it will
4) A ribbon dress for summer

I have panting to get on the needles

1 hat for Jay, now that I've finally found the appropriate yellow yarn (he asked for it!)

New Year's Resolutions?

None yet. Vague ideas about clearing the clutter out of my house, knitting more, finishing more, exercising, interacting with my friends more, etc. etc. I wonder, would vowing to go to Knit Night or Saturday Knits regularly help me toward one or more of my goals?

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Updated: Sunday, 1 January 2006 2:00 PM CST
Friday, 30 December 2005
Celtic Wedding Shawls Progress Update
The camera is being nice today...


Here is the almost finished Wedding Shawl for my DSIL's spouse.

LJ agreed to model it for me so that I could:
a) take its picture, and
b) see whether it might be large enough after all.

It has not been blocked -- nor indeed have I grafted the top edge. I think she's close to the same height as the intended reciepient... this gives me hope that it might be long enough.

However, I continue to worry whether it's WIDE enough. However, though I KNOW I took that picture, I can't find it. So, you get a closer shot of the lace on the back instead (lucky you)

And just to prove I'm not slacking entirely, here's the second shawl on the needles. I find the difference in texture very interesting:

I'm thinking that blocking will likely allow the first shawl to be okay. I'm still leery -- it used about 1/2 the yarn I expected it to! But we'll see what we see when the baby's been stretched.

Wish me luck

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Tuesday, 27 December 2005
Bad Blogger Confessions
I'm a bad blogger.

I finished the alpaca pulse warmers. I cleaned and blocked them. I gave them to my mother, who received them with surprise and glee, as she'd recently discovered a need for such things while practicing the cello or working on the computer. (she thus revealed that she does not read the blog.... we must do something about that). My mother packed them away in her box of goodies to take home. My parents got on their plane and flew home.

Notice anything missing in that history? I do ... the part where I take the picture(s). Bad blogger.

For the record, here's the last picture I took....

Jaywalker update

Meanwhile, the poor Jaywalkers have had an unwanted hiatus. While working on the Pulse Warmers, I was toting both projects around in a little bag I bought for myself while shopping for others (shh).

Something bad happened, leaving me with these:

Those, my friends, are the jagged ends of three broken Brittany 2.25 mm dps that once held the stitches of my lovely Jaywalkers....

As you might imagine, this slowed my progress a bit.

Finally, I rounded up three more Brittany dps in the right size, and have resumed knitting..

The remnants of the dps are there for artistic value.

Shawl Progress
I've come to what appears to be the end of the first of the Celtic Wedding Shawls. I fear I will have to send the whole lovely thing to the frog pond -- it seems much too small suddenly. (Pics when my camera recharges)

I've started the second shawl, this time in Elann's Peruvian Collection Baby Cashmere (60% Baby Alpaca/ 30% Merino Wool/ 10% Cashmere). I've knit one row past the the row in which I cast on forever. This time, I added about 8 more stitches to the cast on for each side... I think I will like that better.

We're not discussing Dan's sweater. I know ... I know... first I said I would finish it for his birthday, and now the major December Gift Giving Fest has passed me by, but it remains unfinished, waiting for inspiration for the center 1/3 of the front. We're just not going to talk about that right now.

Are there any more projects I'm supposed to be reporting progress on?

Finally, a word to my readers:

I got several lovely Christmas Holiday cards with comments that my friends enjoyed following my escapades via this blog. While I'm tickled to discover a wider readership than I thought I enjoyed -- I'd be even more tickled if some of y'all would comment -- or maybe Email Me

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Updated: Tuesday, 27 December 2005 11:12 PM CST
Sunday, 25 December 2005
It was lovely "before".

Then came the kids

and the packages were distributed to one and all. In the end....
they were weak from the frenzy

Great things were given and received by all... New winter coats appeared for the women/girls in the house. I knew about three of them, but the fouth (mine!) was a complete surprise. It's lovely, and bridges that gap between casual mucking about in the snow and dressy going to the opera or a black tie event perfectly.

Better still I received a KNITTING BOOK!

My mother gave me the lovely book Dyeing to Knit, which Elaine signed for me. Elaine is a lovley ladey -- and I enjoy visiting her at her shop Pine Tree Yarns in Damarascotta, ME (and spending money there) every time I visit Mom. The girls' school sweaters have always been knit with yarns from her store.

We also got Cathedral, which, as it turns out, has been right on target -- everyone has played it, and enjoyed it. I beat DH, but Jess beat me. C struggled for a round or two, but is suddenly demonstrating amazing spatial acuity and now trounces people soundly in frighteningly few moves. We're all learning from her, and I hope to be back on an even (ish) playing field with her soon. Clearly, it's not too old for the kids, but not too easy for the adults. We win.

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Updated: Tuesday, 27 December 2005 2:58 PM CST
Saturday, 24 December 2005
Countdown to Carnage
Well, it didn't take long for the girls to co-opt my mother into doing Grandmother duty. Here she is trying to remember the rules for Clue

Shortly after this, we forced everyone to get dressed up and hauled them all to the annual Christmas Caroling Dinner (buffet). The food was good. The caroling was fun. We even managed to enjoy the forced march of the 12 Days of Christmas -- every table is assiged one of the days, and all the people at that table must stand and make some movement to correspond with their assigned Day --- for every "verse". Thus, the turtle doves stood to flap their wings, the french hens made beak moving motions, the calling birds "called", the five rigns held their arms in big Os, etc. The maids a milking had to be trained in the proper movements -- which was quite funny. I thought my dad would fall out of his chair laughing at them all -- and at himself as he stood to flap.

Today, we managed not to go out to any stores at all.
We wrapped packages for hours on end, pausing only to eat. We hung the stockings at the fireplace and shooed the kids off to bed as early as we could so that Santa could come through before 2 a.m.

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Updated: Sunday, 25 December 2005 2:21 PM CST

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