Thursday, November 29, 2007

Where did November go?

November 29 already! I still have holiday crafting to complete and shopping and decorating and baking and lists to prepare and - wait, I still have time but it's slimming down!

It is ungodly cold here too. The windchill this morning was -2 degrees. That is just too cold. A lady at work said it's terrible, she can handle the cold when there is snow because there is at least something pretty to look at. I think she is right on. The remainder of dried leaves are scattered on the lawn or are blowing throughout the yard as the wind has been bitter too. I guess that's what it's all about though so I shouldn't complain. I guess I'm not even complaining, just telling it how it is here.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving again. My sister-in-law drove up and worked out with me Thursday morning. Gave us the option to indulge in an extra piece of pumpkin pie if we desired. Turned out there was so much food, we didn't need to though. The highlight again this year was the dodgeball game. Every year we had to the sports complex at the in laws condo and use the racquetball room for DODGEBALL! The older the kids are getting, the more challenging it is. Sadly, our team lost the tourney 12-13. Everyone had fun and no one got hurt. We rounded the week off by bowling Friday afternoon. Again, fun! I managed to get Christmas lights up on Saturday and promised to make room for the tree this weekend.

Knitting news: My Carolyn sweater has 1 seam left - not sure why I haven't completed. Laziness I suppose.

The Road to Golden sweater needs to be frogged. It being my first fair isle project, I'm not surprised but I am still sad. I will reknit it. I just need to loosen up a bit on my carrying I guess.

I've been busy getting holiday knits done. Can't post any pics though - until after Christmas. I should really get crackin' on the Holiday sewing too. Hopefully this weekend as there is no Packer game. The Pack plays tonight. GO PACK GO!!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A day late, a candy bar too short...

Happy Halloween, 1 day later.

We spent last Sunday scooping pumpkins and carving faces. Jack stuck his hands in for a good while and loved it. I did help with the carving. We then picked through 4 pumpkins worth of guts to get as many seeds out as possible. 5 cups! Not too bad. I used these recipes:
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


Ok, Google isn't letting me post more pics at the moment so try here for more Halloweeny pictures.

On the knitting side of things, I ran out of yarn for my Carolyn sweater, I have a post on the Elann website searching for 1 skein of the yarn I need. I only have 2 rows (around the front and neck) of the thing and then 1 row and binding off with the other color. Hopefully this will work out.

Luckily, my dear husband ordered me some tasty yarn from Knit Picks (wonder how he knew what kind and colors!) So I cast on for another sweater for Moi and have some more stashed away for the second. The cast on:This is my first fair isle work and after ripping a little, I think I have the hang of it, I really like this! The pattern is Road to Golden.
This is from Knitscene Fall 2007 . I won't post the other til I start but it's a bulkier weight jacket from the Drops site.

Tomorrow's the big day - I turn 33! I ordered some yarn from the Loopy Ewe today, thought I was worth it. Then the mail came and I had a card and gift of money from my in laws so I ordered these! And this! My dear friend/neighbor Staci stopped by the other day with this! And my Mother in law gifted me this last Saturday. Now if I'd only learn to spend less time perusing patterns and things online and more time knitting......hey, goal for this year, I guess!

Happy birthday to me tomorrow! Kirk and I are celebrating with friends tonight.