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Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

As you may have gathered from my lack of posts, it's been busy here at Santa Central.  Our grand kids and family from Chicago are arriving tomorrow for the holidays, so don't look for any more posts for a while  either!  (In addition, our good computer croaked, leaving us with this one and no ability to add new photos. That complication should be solved soon, we hope.)

By request of our younger daughter, I took a little time out to make a preemie hat and booties for her friends' tiny baby girl who arrived on Nov. 2, weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces. Since then she's more than doubled her weight and appears to be doing quite well although she has a long way to go before she can come home.   This itty bitty angel, whose name is Audrey, needs lots of prayers!

That's it for the photos for now.  Lots of finishes to share, but I need to get to the grocery store.  Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014!

Friday, December 6, 2013

More Stitching and Knitting

Brrr!  It's unusually chilly here in this part of the Pacific Northwest, and it's dark early.  Today the sun set at 4:18 PM! However, the dark and cold makes for good stitching and knitting time.

Have you ever tried the linen stitch? It's different and not too difficult. The free pattern is Quick Slip Cowl and is made with Berroco Brio which is bulky and has a bit of sparkle.

Four of the five alpaca hats are done. Yea!  I will even have enough leftover yarn to make a scarf, I think.  Speaking of leftovers, I've made another cup holder.  That really is a quick project!

My biggest project this week, however, was this recycle task dreamed up by DD#1. She sent the jeans and pattern~~~ It's for a certain someone who loves Tinker Bell.  A quilting friend suggested making a vest from the legs.  We'll see as there are some other projects in the works first.  Boy, these days are flying by! (If you want to see what others are knitting, check out Patchwork Times.)

Oh, and last night we learned that our two group quilts each won third place ribbons, "the dogs" in traditional piecing and "the farm"  in the juvenile division! How fun is that?

My friend Becca of Patina Moon took the photos. Thanks, Becca!  Well, it's time to get back to the needles. (This will be a very busy choir weekend with a rehearsal tomorrow morning and two services  on Sunday.  If you care to tune in, it will be streamed live at 9 and 11 AM PST.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Countdown to Christmas Begins.......

Yikes, it's December third already!  But that is what comes after December second, isn't it? You'd think one of these years I'd get smart and start the holiday projects earlier.  Oh well, there's always the late December, early January birthdays.....   We had a nice, but quiet, Thanksgiving and enjoyed 4 days of "leisure". Sunday night  we topped off the holiday by seeing the 5th Avenue's presentation of Oliver. It was great!  A quilting friend's grandson was among the 48 kids in the cast.  Now I have to find out whether he performed that evening. (He did!)

Last night I actually picked up my embroidery and finished the fence on this block-to-be!  There are quite a few stitching projects waiting in the wings, including one which I have to redo because I messed up on cutting it for a block. Sigh.  I need to be more careful!

If you're looking for a fun and quick project, a cup holder might just fit the bill.  It's a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn also. (My pattern is over 40 stitches and from the Loopy Ewe, but you could use any stitch pattern, I think.) Now, it's time to head off to the UW hospital for an afternoon of knitting with the Antepartum ladies.  Have a great week!