Monday, December 31, 2007

FO Parade

I've been busy with Christmas knitting so here are some FOs that I neglected to post.

Here's a scarf I made for Lorelei. Not really a Christmas present, but I did give it to her on Christmas eve (because that's when I finished it). I made a modified Palindrome scarf (I took out one of the able repeats to make it Lorelei-sized) using some red Plymouth Encore left over from Lorelei's wallaby.

Here is an unoriginal hat using some WOTA bulky hand-dyed (Redwood Forest?). I didn't have large enough DPNs, so the hat turned out a little tight, but I've been wearing it anyway because it's so pretty.
This is a last-minute purled beret that I originally started for Lorelei's cousin but I didn't have enough yarn so the finished size was too small for the cousin, but fine for Lorelei. After I realized it would be too small, I ordered more yarn and made another, larger one (this one I left knit-side out instead of purl-side). In the end, I blocked the cousin's so much that it ended up being too big.
Hope you have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Weekend Wrapup

Every Monday, I want to name my post "Weekend Update" and then I remember that's not what I call it. Maybe I've seen too much SNL.

  • The Dolphins finally won a game. I had been starting to get a little discouraged since it is so late in the season, but at least they won a game. Yeah!
  • Sad day - Dan Fogelberg died. Same Old Lang Syne (aka the grocery store song) is one of my favorites. I'm always amused that this is considered Christmas music - unhappy people running into old loves. Not the cheeriest of songs, but I love it anyway.
  • The writers strike is still going strong. There's rarely new tv episodes in December anyway, but I'm worried that I'll have nothing to watch when Jan. starts. The new reality shows look ever worse than the old ones. Thank goodness for tv on DVD - I can watch my favorite shows over and over while I wait for new content.
  • We finally ordered Lorelei a twin-size mattress (we converted her crib to a toddler bed a while ago. I'm tired of the crib sheets, it will be much easier to buy new sheets when I can go to any store that sells bedding (Target, Macy's, BB&B).
  • OTN - I'm working on another purple hat (the first one I made for my niece was too small because I ran out of yarn, so I gave it to Lorelei). I finished the first Hedera sock, I'm about half finished with a new scarf for Lorelei, and one of these days I will finally finish the second sleeve of the perfect sweater. After Christmas, I'm going to work hard to finish the sweater - I'm ready for it to be over and it would be nice to be able to wear it this season.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Top 5: My favorite Christmas/Holiday movies

In no particular order:
  • The Grinch - the old animated one, not the Jim Carrey thing.
  • White Christmas - a classic.
  • A Christmas Story - one of my favorites as a kid and I still try to watch it at least once a year (which is easy when one of the cable channels usually plays it continually for at least 24 hours). You'll shoot your eye out!
  • It's a Wonderful Life - I don't watch this every year, but I still love it.
  • When Harry Met Sally - One of my favorite movies of all time, and though not really a holiday movie, since the end takes place during a New year's party I always associate it with the holidays.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Shrek the Halls special this year. Lorelei giggled throughout the whole thing and I really liked how each of the characters had their own version of The Night Before Christmas.

Monday, December 10, 2007

You better watch out ...

This weekend, I took Lorelei to see Santa for the first time. Her daycare had Santa visit on Saturday, so we were able to meet Santa in a nice, familiar setting. Which was good since Lorelei started shaking as soon as we walked in the room. After she saw one of the other kids talk to Santa, she calmed down and went to sit on his lap.

S: What do you want for Christmas?
Lorelei: Chocolate.

More Santa and birthday pictures at flickr.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

What happened to my week?

These last 7 days have been a little crazier than usual.

It all started with Lorelei's third birthday party. Actually it started with a visit from my parents and lots of time in the kitchen. I made a lasagna for the party as well as a cake, cupcakes, and blue frosting. In keeping with our Blue's Clues theme, I made a blue round cake with blue cupcakes to simulate a paw print (as seen in the Blue's birthday episode). [Photos will be added later, I'm pretty proud of that cake]

The party was good, though small. We only invited one of Lorelei's friends and her three local cousins. With friend's brother, there were 6 kids under 5 in my little house. More than enough.

Monday I took a day off work and wrapped presents. Santa is all ready to make an appearance at our house. BTW, Lorelei will have her first visit with Santa on Sat morning.

Yesterday, we had our first snow of the season. It was pretty, but it made the roads icy today.

All in all, a very busy week.