Thursday, December 31, 2009

What are you doin' NY Eve?

Tawny wants to know what YOU are doing New Year's Eve? He thinks being by the fireplace is a particularly good place since...

THIS is what Russ and I awoke to and have been taking care of. This is an inch and a half of the wettest, heaviest snow possible. Right now there's been a misty rain/occasional snowflake.

Hope your New Year's Eve is a safe one. Ours will be quiet. (Except for the valley idiots who will be shooting off guns at midnight and fireworks every hour on the hour from dark-thirty through about 2 AM, 2010.)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The green hint

from yesterday's post is...The Green Sweater.

This story and the desire for the pattern and newly found original yarn then the newly dyed matching yarn spread through the knitting world faster than fast! "twist collective", the online knitting magazine,told The Tale of the Green Sweater from two perspectives, that of the recipient of the original green sweater who was gifted it by her godmother, Elizabeth Zimmermann; plus, the story of the green sweater's recreation by Sunday Holm. There was so much interest that Sunday did work up the pattern for publication as a SHP pattern. The original yarn/kit was sold out in literally minutes from the time Michelle announced its availability along with the pattern. Such a response!

In this picture you can see the pattern and the original single ply Briggs&Little fir yarn. Because it is single ply and could torque, it is suggested by the mill that the yarn be rewound into center pull balls and let sit for a couple days. What's that little green sweater? It's a chalkware green sweater with a "Knit On" pendant that I found in Smicksburg several years ago. Now how appropriate is that?

There were other wonderful fibery presents this Christmas, too! Three books, gift certificates to World Wide Hobbies in Willcox from Yarn Vixen and Yarn Rat, some terra cotta and fun fur yarns for a rolled brim hat, two more three drawer containers to organize yarn! All are wonderful and will be seen later on.

...Guess I should get going on that turkey-filled turkey gravy and baking powder biscuits for dinner....

Monday, December 28, 2009

Do you suppose

that it is time to give the ham and turkey breaks to go here to eat? (Answer: No!)

There is a series of Cracker Barrel ornaments but this was the one I liked best when I saw them last year. This year only one kids' fantasy tree of their usual three was set up during our last visit in September so no additional ornament was found.

Santa brought knitterly goodness, stay tuned! (Hint: Green!)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

There was anticipation

for Christmas!

The Santas were on the mantel. On the left is the Fredericksburg, TX carved Santa I got on our honeymoon. Then the Coast-to-Coast (Willcox,AZ) Santa reminding me of the Northwoods and Scandinavia. Thirdly is the Jim Shore Santa from here which has my beloved sheep in his fold.

Sheep? Did we say sheep? The sheep tree is enjoyed from its vantage point on top the entertainment center.

The stockings were all hung by the chimney with care....

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Nikki and Tawny were particularly intrigued with unwrapping presents this year. In my hand is a MarroBone, which Nikki licked and Tawny scarfed down. Better doggie treats than his people's chocolate!

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Sheep for Christmas

I got a sheep for Christmas!

Yarn Elf knit this mini-stocking for me. Very Special.

God Jul.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

First (real) Snow 12/19/09


Yesterday's lack of snow is followed by what started at 9:55 last night and continues lightly but steadily.

One to three inches predicted total has already manifested into over three inches and we have hours to go yet.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Really, I am here....

Barbar thinks the Faroese Stranded Footlets from Marilyn Van Kepple's KAL will be useful this weekend.

Yes, I really did finish them since the last blog post! This weekend, starting about midnight tonight, we are to have snow, a limited commodity this season to date. (That doesn't hurt my feelings any!) You can tell in the picture that there isn't any snow outside! We've had only a tad over a trace here so far. Snow will make it seem a lot colder and my feet will be so happy in the footlets.

My wrist is still irritating at times and painful when I overdo. This has not been fun at all.

Oh, and the vehicles in the picture? The yellow car is cardboard from Steak 'n' Shake for the little boy (DH) in my life! The blue police car is a radio that Mom got Russ our first year here. Very useful, it is.

Happy last weekend before Christmas!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It's beginning

to look a lot like Christmas, at least in the house.

Later this week snow is once again predicted, this time to stick. Hasn't yet, so we'll see how the prognosticators make out this time!

Outside there are two dandelions blooming, the bee balm continues as does my happy little bluebonnet that's been blooming continuously since August!

It was a busy weekend with lots of Christmas shopping, all the Thanksgiving goodies, house decorating. Presents are to be wrapped and the only ones due in now are the SHP ones Russ called about to pay for yesterday. Shipping has been very quick so far this season. Still have Russ' stocking to finish buying for and a couple other things. Need to get Tawny's present and make Nikki's 2009 catnip mouse. Oh...then all the cards to write, too!

And the turkey? Tonight's menu is turkey in turkey gravy over biscuits.