Socks, just started.
And a hat, about half done.
(the actual color isn’t *quite* this neon IRL; it’s a little difficult to capture it accurately with my phone – but it is a fairly bright lime green, with brown as the contrast. Pattern is “Courtyard“.)
I took The Girl out so she could do her Christmas shopping today, and I picked up a few things as well. We went to several stores, and in three of them the cashiers asked if we were paying together or separate, including at the frozen yogurt shop.
Together or separate.
That means that The Girl no longer looks like a little kid tagging along as Mom runs errands, but instead looks old enough that she could be paying her own way. A person grown enough to be taken seriously as an independent shopper. Perhaps even, as an adult.
I know my daughter is practically an adult, but this was the first time I saw that reflected in how the general public treats her. It was both amusing and just a little bit sad; especially because earlier today I filled out her graduation order form. It won’t be long before this last chick leaves the nest.
Last night I realized, like really realized, that Christmas is less than three weeks away. More like two weeks away for gifts that I need to mail, and there aren’t nearly enough handmade gifts in my gift tote… This really alarmed me as I pulled things out to wrap last night and at first I couldn’t figure out how I got all the way to December with such a small pile of knits to give. I mean, I make stuff all year round and I had made a list of what I wanted to give this year, and I have a room full of yarn and fabric and patterns.
And then I remembered that the past eight or nine months have been busier than usual for me – first with the 3Day walk taking up all my free time (never could quite master walking and knitting), plus extra craft shows, plus a vacation in August, and then with the porch project, and then with the hosting of Thanksgiving. Oi!
I had such grand plans for massive piles of hand knit socks and hats and mitts and cowls, and it just didn’t pan out that way. Don’t get me started on the sewing projects I had planned. I was feeling pretty accomplished with the two hats I finished last weekend, until I realized that I had six more on my list…
It’s time for a reality check. I do have time to knock out a couple more hand knit items, but there’s no way I can accomplish my original goal of Handmade Gifts For All. I’m trying to be reasonable, and I know it’s not about the gifts but I dearly love making stuff for people… I do have some baking planned, but I can’t help feeling like I’m facing a mad dash of frantic knitting and crafting and baking, with this looming clock ticking over my head, and that kind of sucks the joy out of the season.
Perhaps I need to take a trip to the book store.
An impressive wind storm blew in on Sunday, ripping the building paper off the top of our porch and trailing cold weather. Last night while making dinner I could hear an odd sound outside, and when I opened the door to investigate I was surrounded by loud hissing as frozen rain pelted the neighborhood. It accumulated on the cold stuff (firewood) but melted on the warmer stuff (sidewalk), so this morning the roads were clear but the car doors were frozen shut and for a moment I wondered if I was going to be able to open them at all. Definitely a week to break out the heavy coat and gloves, as we’ll be tipping into the 20′s for the next few nights.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! We sure did, and we’ve finally gotten everything washed up and put away, and the furniture back in its places. It was great having a house full of people, and now we get to enjoy all the leftovers.
The Mister made me go against my long-standing tradition of not leaving the house on Black Friday, but we got the ceiling material for the porch, as well as the wall cap. The lumber store was not at all busy (no big sale on 2X4′s), so we were done pretty quickly with no need to fight over the last pair of dungarees. I also got some gift tags made and did a bit of knitting.
On Saturday I worked a craft show, which was a lot of fun but tiring. It was pretty busy and the weather cooperated, and my soap crates were much lighter when I packed up. There were a lot of lovely handmade items at the show, and I picked up a few things for Christmas.
Sunday was a day of pure rest. I watched The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and a few episodes of The Office, and knit. That’s pretty much it. It was great.
And this happened:
And Amelia kept me company.
We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, and expect around 25 people to join us. Oops – just got a phone call, looks like a last minute addition. It’ll be cozy, but it’ll be great! We have plenty of food, and folks can always sit out on the porch.
I’ve got the cranberry sauce made and a pan of pumpkin bars in the oven. Extra dishes are washed, serving bowls rounded up, and snacks planned. Curtains washed, pictures dusted, and floors swept. Tonight I’ll get the kitchen all cleaned up so I can really mess it up tomorrow.
Cranberries cooking down
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving; I hope you get to spend it with friends and family, and ‘gobble till you wobble’.
The porch is now more than half sided; we were able to get all but a small section on the bottom wall done this weekend. The peak is next.
I whacked my thumb pretty good (three times), but the siding is going up faster than we expected, even without a pneumatic nail gun.
For human protection from the weather, I’ve got a new hat on the needles (surprise!) – this is “Botanic“, and it’s knit inside out. Well, inside out if you want the slipped stitches on the outside (which I do). The pattern says it’s reversible, but the other side is just skinny stripes and not as striking as the slip-stitch side.