Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas Everyone!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I like bags, but paper is cheaper.

2. Real tree tificial? We used to always get a real tree, but went fake this year, since, no joke, every year, the tree would fall over. or ar I could not handle anymore broken ornaments and ripped up palms from the nasty needles!

3. When do you put up the tree? A couple of weeks before Christmas

4. When do you take the tree down? Right after Christmas

5. Do you like eggnog? yum

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A book, "Are you there God, it's me Margaret". I read it in like 3 hours on Christmas day.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? No, but I want one.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My husband.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My little girls.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Don't remember specifics, but my mother-in-law is queen of the regifters and I'm sure it came from her.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I'm totally guilty of not sending Christmas cards!

12 . Favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Story.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Like two weeks before

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Green bean casserole. LOVE it.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I like clear, and since I bought the fake tree this year, I bought one with clear lights. My husband likes colored lights, big fat colored bulbs and tinsel.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I love them all. The Little Drummer Boy always makes me cry.

18. Travel for Christmas or stay home? We travel, but not far, and we are always home on Christmas morning.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph!

20. Angel on the treetop or star? My sister's angel. She passed away about six years ago. We used to have a star, but now the angel is always there.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Lines at the stores, but then again, this year, everyone has been nice and friendly so it wasn't so bad.

23. What I love most about Christmas? Being with my whole family.

24. What's your favorite Christmas Memory? My husband cutting down our first Christmas tree from the lot next door to the 7-11 where he worked in East Lansing, with a kitchen knife!

25. Believe or Not? I believe. In my house, if you say you don't believe, you get no presents!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

No, I'm not done - so there!

The beginnings of the argyle scarf, as photographed by my 9 year old. There is much more now, and the other side is cuter. I thought I told her to photograph both sides, but on my camera, there are 3 pictures of this side of the scarf and about 20 pictures of her hamming it up for the camera. Oh, and no pictures of the monkeys, which I swear I told her to take too!

I heart this scarf. Love it. I love the colors, especially the black background side, I love the way it feels all smooshy because of the double knitting. I love the pattern, but I wish I could memorize it instead of having to look at the pattern all the time. I think it will turn out really cool.

I have hardly any Christmas shopping done. I keep trying to do it and getting vetoed by the DH. He is a Christmas procrastinator. Seriously, it is the only time of the year the man procrastinates and it drives me crazy! I want to be done! I hate when people tell me they are all done with their shopping, they just have to wrap a few presents! We are so the people who are fighting on Christmas Eve about who is going to stay up and wrap the gifts because we are both exhausted. I really hate when someone asks me if I am done. It's so embarrassing to say, "uh, I've just barely started". Oh well.

More pictures tomorrow or whenever I get back here! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


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The meez thing

Yoo hoo? Anyone out there? Why is my meez girly all cut off on one side? How do I fix her? Can I make her smaller? Help!

As soon as I find my camera I will post pictures of my finished monkeys (cute, if I do say so myself), my newly started socks from Favorite Sock (can't remember the pattern name) out of the Dream in Color Smooshy yarn and the really cute argyle scarf from Son of a Stitch n' Bitch.

I am only knitting stuff for me for Christmas this year! I usually knit stuff for my 21 year old niece but her facial expression on Christmas day is less than the pure unadulterated joy that I would like to see, so I'm going commercial this year with her. No one else is interested in knit stuff. I even made my mom a pair of fetchings last year and I don't think she cared. I've never seen her wear them. I, on the other hand, wear my hand knit socks all the time. And my daughters and I share all of the scarves I've knitted and not given away, so. . .

Off to find the (misplaced-by-one-of-my-children-of-whom-none-will-take-responsibility) camera. Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

This is my pretty new "Lipstick Lava" Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn. I promised myself I wouldn't start using it until I've at least finished my monkey socks. One is finished, the other one I've started and had to rip back three times this weekend! I must have bad sock mojo, so I've put it aside until next week. I've been working on my here and there cables scarf.

I ran into a problem with that though, because I checked Scarf Style out from the library and memorized the pattern. But that was like over a month ago. I picked the scarf up to knit on it today and just stared at it. And stared. Then tried to count stitches. But couldn't. Then stared some more. I could not remember where to cable! But I just guessed and I think I guessed right, because it really looks the same to me as the rest of the scarf. I hope so.

My husband's job in Alpena really looks like a go. He's sure he wants it career wise, he's just not sure about moving our family. I'm ready to go, my daughters are ready to go and my son seems to be getting used to the idea. There are just so many details to be worked out. That's intimidating. Well, I'm going to embrace avoidance for now and go knit my scarf, until 8:00 of course because it IS Amazing Race night!