Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Winter Wonder Land(y)

I haven't written for a few days. I've been recovering.

From this.

Of course, Gerry didn't tube - he manned the camera.

We've pretty much decided to have Max's birthday party here, though - finally, a really GOOD Winter birthday choice! And a low-tech chalet for some fine hot chocolate and cake later!

I was low key - I didn't go down as much as the kids ; ) - but it was great fun and a much needed physical release for the whole family.

However, I had VERY sore arms on Monday from the tow rope (it took me a few passes to figure it out - and I'm afraid my outfit was perhaps the least flattering thing I could have worn - but who cares, really?)

Last night we picked up a Christmas tree - earlier in the day I dropped off our Mount Zion application, so we're hitting all the bases. Now to get the tree UP and the presents wrapped before I leave town on Thursday (a wrapped package doesn't need hiding - maybe.)

Everyone's getting into the decorating frenzy.

I'm psyched about going to Florida - I was there last year to teach in Tampa at a large venue, this will be my first time at yarn shops and, I have to admit, some sun would be a nice change of pace!

I only wish I could take my perpetually frozen husband with me (along with the transplant and weight loss comes new metabolism and lots of layering for the poor guy!)

The Lorna's Laces sweater is nearing the finish. I worked up the ENTIRE sweater on size 8/5mm, but it just seemed WAY too tight and heavy of a fabric. I experimented as I worked up a sleeve, and I liked a looser knit and more open-ness, so I revamped the entire pattern.

This is why big swatches are good - especially for me - but this is the kind of thing that's really hard to see until almost the entire sweater is done. And now I have a better idea of how this particular yarn "relaxes" - or doesn't - and what kind of fabric works best with the yarn.

It's lovely yarn, though - a real dream to knit up! And it looks just as good when it's reknit (and reknit again) which isn't always the case for some yarns.

When this is finished I have a second sweater in the same yarn - two different weights of it - and my goal is to have both finished and to LL by Jan 1. It leaves precious little time for knitting gifts, but I'm not doing much of them.

It's sad, I usually don't knit many gifts, which is part of that Queen Midas thing that affects professional knitters. We're too busy earning our living through our passion that we don't have time to engage in the passion for purely personal reasons.

Which is why the cobbler's kids never have new shoes.

And designers' kids seldom have new hand-knit socks...


Anonymous said...

Goodness, Annie, you have cute kids! I don't have sound on my work pc, but I enjoyed the movie anyway. Looks like they had a ball! Thanks for sharing:)


P.S. I got out my signed copy of The Confessions of a Knitting Heretic this week for a review of a stretchy bind-off for my k1,p1 hat rib... THANK YOU!!

December 12, 2007 10:15 AM  
Alyson said...

I am nowhere NEAR a professional, yet I severely limited the number of knitting projects for the holidays this year. Mostly for sanity preservation. But for some reason, I decided that my son's 5th grade teacher deserved a pair of handknit socks over my FIL. Go figure........

December 12, 2007 10:33 AM  
Nicole said...

What a great picture of your kids! It sure looks like you all had a great time!!!

December 12, 2007 12:34 PM  
Karen said...

My gosh that looked like so much fun!!!!!

I hope you and the family have a wonderful holiday :-)

December 12, 2007 1:07 PM  
sjmercure said...

I agree, your kids are absolute dolls! Love all that red hair!

December 12, 2007 1:33 PM  
Susan said...

They're so great looking. Would make excellent models I think. And what fun! Life somehow gets a bit easier (for me at least) after a spell of large muscle movements and squealing and laughing

December 12, 2007 6:21 PM  
Tracy at woollies.wordpress.com said...

I understand the cobbler's kids analogy. My husband is a professional furniture maker, and all our furniture comes from IKEA.... :)

December 12, 2007 7:41 PM  
Mary said...

That fun video brought a smile to this grouchy face! (It was a loooong day today.) Thanks so much for sharing.

December 12, 2007 8:04 PM  
Anonymous said...

I see you'll be in Jacksonville, my old home town of more years than I'd like to remember! Try and get to either Woody's or Bono's BBQ and have some for me. (I have a big stash of sauce from both since we're now here in Colorado.) Yummy and very different. Also, if you have time and energy, Worman's Deli (now downtown) is worth the trip.

Have fun and don't forget that it might actually be chilly this time of year.


December 12, 2007 8:57 PM  
All 9 Muses said...

What a totally awesome way to get back to the top of the hill. I fondly remember tobogganing at a golf course near a friend¸s place (oh dear, somehow I have a frenchified keyboard) and we went down the hill twice. Because it was such a hard slug back up the hill. Now a tow rope would have made all the difference! Worth the aching arms.

December 12, 2007 10:51 PM  
Myra W said...

Wow, Hannah is, like, a teenager these days!
I was just looking at pix of your kids in old IK issues.
Happy Holidays you guys!

December 13, 2007 2:30 AM  
Elisabeth said...

I didn't knit near as much as I have in the past this year. Although I did knit some things earlier in the year for a arts and crafts show that didn't sell (for some reason people think that a hand-knit lace shawl should be $20-$50--sorry, not gonna happen). Luckily I figured that it would make a wonderful gift for one of my sisters-in-law. (gave one to another sil last year)
But I am a professional framer/artist/printer and I have to tell you that even though I know how to make sure pictures are well framed somehow those ones don't end up at my house. hmmmm

December 13, 2007 12:43 PM  

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