Monthly Archives: December 2013

How Was Your Christmas?

The Christmas season is coming to an end. There’s just New Year’s Eve to get through and then we can get back to normal again. That really sounds rather “grinchy” doesn’t it? As nice as our Christmas was — quiet but nice — I’m happy it’s behind us. Both John and I were hit with a flu/cold bug of some sort about a week before Christmas and we’re both struggling (John more than me) to get over it. Neither of us has our appetite back yet so making a fancy dinner wasn’t necessarily all that appealing.

It was, however, a lovely dinner. We chose not to repeat last year’s adventure; remember the Morton Thompson turkey? If you’d like, you can read about it on the old blog, the original Strings ‘n Things. There’s a series of posts about the turkey.

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Judgement Day

This year, we decided to go a completely different route. Instead of turkey, we decided to cook up a prime rib roast with “the fixings” and to invite our friends Mike & Judy. We feasted on a perfectly cooked prime rib roast with roasted sweet potato, parsnips and carrots, steamed brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and gravy, and the must have Yorkshire puddings. It’s just too bad that we really could not eat as much as we normally might have… or maybe that’s not such a bad thing. John asked yesterday whether or not Kelly (truly the sweetest dog I know) had had any of the roast beast during dinner; I assured him that Kelly had indeed “helped” me with my dinner.

Kelly-8x6

Even though I’m happy that this holiday season is almost behind us for another year, I must say that I was happy for the extra couple of days off. It did give me the opportunity to do some much needed knitting.  (I would have done more painting but the paints were put away so we could use the dining room table for what it is actually meant for… dining.)

I’ve been saying for quite a while now that I need/want some slippers that will keep my ankles warm. They’re not always cold but when they are, I get really cold. I’d bought a pattern quite some time ago (like a year or more ago). I really like the leg warmers but, as I posted in a previous post, I’d bought the pattern and wool to make a pair of felted boots and now, with a couple of days off, it was time to make them.

felted boots

They were done by the end of Christmas day, as in knitted, felted, and drying. I was even nice enough to let Judy wear them while we were having dinner as her feet were icy cold (I could tell by looking at her). She was very appreciative!

Alpine boots

Now, however, they are mine… all mine!

Alpine boots feltedI’ve also been working on the 10-stitch afghan but when I looked at how much progress I’ve really made since the last time I posted about it, I’ve only really completed one half of a round. Granted, the blanket is getting bigger with each round but I thought that I’d made a little more progress than that! Ah well, that blanket will be a work in progress for some time to come; there is no rush to finish it, thankfully.

In closing for today, I do hope you all had a lovely Christmas, no matter how you celebrate it and I wish for you a year filled with good and happiness.

 

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It’s Right Around the Corner

Christmas is rapidly approaching and I’m nowhere near ready. It isn’t that we do a lot for Christmas – we don’t – but I do like to send out a few cards to some special people in our lives. I usually make my own cards from one of my own photos or a photo I’ve found online (from a site like stock.xchng). They’ve always turned out well and, I think, been well received. This year, however, I’m doing something different.

Having taken up water colour painting, it’s only logical that I paint something to be used for my cards this year. It’s an agonizingly slow process, unfortunately. I mean, it is for me.

In progressIt’s taken a couple of weeks to decide the best way to tackle this little subject. This week, it all came together and I’m finally making some progress. There’s still some work to do on the painting but I should have it finished this weekend.

In addition to the painting coming together, I’ve also been doing some knitting this week. It’s a very simple knit but I anticipate that it will take a while to finish this project.

lessismoreThe pattern is Less Is More by Phazelia and is a free Ravelry download. The scarf in this picture is not mine; it’s a picture from the pattern. Here’s mine… all 2″ of it.

Lessismore_evThe reason it could take a while to finish this scarf is that it is knit with lace weight yarn on 2.5 mm circular needles. That’s some pretty fine knitting. The scarf is a long tube with “tufts of grass”, visible in the  top picture. I’m making the tufts and I’m adding some complementary glass beads. Both the tufts and the beads are placed randomly, wherever I’m inspired to put them. At this point, I’ve made two tufts and place one bead; I have a long way to go!

It’s been pretty cold here this week; right now (at about 12:30 p.m.), the temperature is a balmy -12ºC (11ºF) but the sun is shining and the sky is clear. There’s still a bit of snow on the ground and there’s a possibility of more on the way but at least today is a clear, sunny day. I’m already tired of the dark and dreary days we’ve been having lately. We don’t really want to go out but there are groceries that are needed and I really would like to stop in at Opus, our local art supply store. Once we get back, the painting will be worked on again… and finished!

 

 

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