Sunday, December 28, 2008

December 27

Did I really complain about the weather in my last post? It has done almost nothing but snow here since my last post. It snowed all day Sunday, most of the day on Wednesday, and all day today. We got 7 inches today and they say that around 11:30 or midnight tonight it will turn to rain. I don’t like to think what the roads and streets around here will be like. I have to take Brent to town Monday morning so he can go to work. His little truck won’t make it up our driveway. Don’t cheer too loudly about the work, they have 3 days and then back to no worky.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Finished Eye Mask

Well, it turns out that hats that allow ponytails are a little trickier than I thought. I tore out half of it last night because it didn’t cover her ears or forehead well enough. The eye mask did get finished, though:



It is now on its way to snowy Seattle. Irony of ironies: there is more snow in Seattle than there is at my house. My family up there live in west Seattle where there is currently 4” of snow on the ground. I don’t think we have 2” here. Usually, we are buried in snow and Seattle has cold rain. I realize one needs to be careful what they wish for, but I think we should have a lot more snow than we do.

I’m going to have to put down the ponytail hat for the Chanson En Crochet. I need to finish it for Christmas. Other things I need to finish or get made for Christmas: a batch of blue play dough, finish a dress and top for a small knitter, make some doll clothes, and figure out if I can make paper dolls or not. The images I saved for the paper dolls turned out to be really small and unusable. I need to return to the site and see if there is anything I can do about it. At the time I couldn’t print them off and they may print off larger from the website. We’ll see.

With the economy in the shambles it is, construction has slowed to nil and no one want to replace their furnace, so Brent is out of work. He was laid off the first week of the month. The only bright spot is that he doesn’t work in Idaho, so his unemployment check is pretty good. I never thought I would be so happy to be able to say we qualify for food stamps. It takes a load off the mind wondering if we will be able to eat for the next few months. Not to mention it is a lot more than I usually have in our budget for food. I really hope things don’t stay like this long, though.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Proof of Gardening

This is my proof that you can harvest from the garden in December in Idaho:



I am now wishing I had gone back and got the rest of carrots. We now have a light dusting of snow on the ground and it is very cold. It may not be very fun prying more of them out of the ground, but I need to before it freezes up too much. They don’t do so well if you leave them through the winter. And I don’t fancy digging them out in January…

This is the project I have devoted my Sunday knitting to:



It is going to be a stocking cap for Knitter #2. Not just any stocking cap, one she can put her pony tail through. I am hoping to have it finished tonight, but things aren’t looking that way right now.

Maybe there will be finished project pictures for tomorrow.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Not Knitting for the Holidays...

Long time, no blogging. I hate being time deprived. It seems to go with this time of year, though. Now, things seem to be improving. I’m caught up on my baking and we can see the kitchen counters. AND I decided not to burden myself with Christmas knitting this year. It is very freeing. I love to knit for my loved ones, but I don’t need the stress. The last few years December was just too stressful with pressure to finish things.

This year I am doing some sewing projects:



This is one that I can show here. All of my pictures go through the screensaver, so I have to be careful about loading pictures before Christmas or birthdays. This one is going to another house, and it was requested. You can’t see it in the picture, but I drew on some steaming coffee mugs to embroider on in white. When I finish it, I’ll post another picture. I love the book I got it from, Sew Pretty Homestyle. All the projects in it are pretty and prissy in pink, but as you see, you don’t gotta use pink.

I am crocheting a gift for me for Christmas. It is Chanson En Crochet from Wrapstyle. I picked the book up at the library a while back and had the kids pick out something for me to make myself for Christmas. They picked nearly every wrap in the book until I complained, and then they picked none. It was sort of a disaster, really. I picked it based on them liking it and the fact that I had yarn that would work for it. I do think I am going to really like it.

How are your holiday plans going?