Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Christmas used to always be this big affair at my house. My brother and I would get TONS of gifts. Now that we're older and my parents are in more of a financial bind than they used to be, it's not like it was. They do the best that they can, though, and I really appreciate that.

I'll first say what I got everyone...

I got my mom a lot of stuff, but most of it she got early. 200.00 for fabric (early), a really nice Knit Picks knitting bag (early), a full set of bamboo dpns (early), a green tea bath/body set (she found it, so it was early), and 2 surprise gifts: a Scentbug from Bath and Bodyworks with Frosted Cranberry oil and an animated Christmas Snoopy that dances and plays music (she loves Snoopy).

My brother got a handknit golfclub cozy with robots on it (I plan on making him more of these) and a 25.00 giftcard to AMC.

His girlfriend, Michelle, got a pair of fingerless mitts (made from the wonderful Kathmandu Aran) and a really nice set of acrylic paints and a painter's tote board (my mom and I went in together on this).

My dad got a crocheted lapghan and some pj pants he needed.

I still need to get Shawn and Chris something. Kenny is getting a pair of jeans from American Eagle.

Here's what I got:


From my dad, a Snuggie, theater gift certificates, and a really nice Swiss Military watch (for when I got to Basic/AIT; it's practically indestructable but still attractive).

From my mom, the Caboodles bag set (love!), an alarm clock with a dinosaur on it (it roars to wake you up), some socks (much needed), a heating blanket, and 2 gorgeous skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino.

From Arthur, nothing. He promises to get my something soon. But, he also promised me my birthday/graduation gift soon and that was 6 months ago...

From Michelle....

WOW. She's a painter. An awesome painter. She's been working on this portrait of Black Jack (my 17 year-old dog that died this fall) in the back of my truck for a year and a half. It's perfect. That face is entirely Black Jack's. She even framed it for me and attached a fortune at the top that reads, "Nothing seems impossible to you." It's so nice to have such a beautiful gift. This is my first Christmas in 13 years without my baby girl.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Half an FO and Falling to Weakness


So, it's a horrible pic and the ends are all sticking out everywhere. But, it's finished! I think it's a personal best... one Fair Isle mitt in 24 hours? Maybe 2 sick days from work had something to do with it (I've been fighting a bad cold). I love how the color transitioned... I was worried it might be too blocky/stripey, but it's perfect. I've already cast on for the second (if I didn't, I never would) and am trying my best to match up the colors. I'll get a better picture when I have a complete pair. Wouldn't a snow pic be nice? Doubtful, though.

I was weak and cast on for another project yesterday night. This is a Noro Striped Scarf in Kureyon Sock. I'm using US 4 needles to make it light and airy, as well as to make it go a bit quicker. Not sure if I'll be keeping this or if it's going to Kenny (depends on if he likes it when I show it to him...). If he takes it, then I'm making one for myself. I love it.




Monday, December 21, 2009

Wow

Seriously? It's been over a month since I've last posted. I've been slacking on this blog and knitting both.

My time has been consumed with work, prepping for Basic (less than a month away!), and trying to spend time with some friends before I leave. I had a great time with my friend from Columbus (Kenny) and we've gotten very close; he needed a friend and I'm glad that I can be one to him.

I've been bitten by the knitting bug lately, though, after a while of not knitting much. Here's the proof:


This is the beginnings of the Endpaper Mitts (by Korean girl Eunny Jang). I'm using some 90 wool/10 nylon fingering weight purchased at Knitch during the Atlanta Shop Hop and Noro Kureyon Sock.

This is the Copper Penny Socks (from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn) in Tofutsies. I didn't think I'd like the yarn much, but it's pretty nice. I think it matches this pattern perfectly. Knitting up very quickly and is very pretty.
I'm fighting a bit of startitis... I want to just cast on for a ton of projects! But, I'm leaving for Basic on the 19th... not too much time to get a lot done.