Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas

Well, Christmas has come and gone! This year, Christmas was bittersweet. My dad was admitted to the hospital on December 23rd. However, he came home on the 26th. We were a little sad that he couldn't spend Christmas eve or Christmas day with us, but we were glad he came home in such a short time. He ended up having pneumonia and it was a good thing he was in the hospital. He really looks so much better, in fact, better than he has been in a few months. I think in the end it was good for him. My mom ended up spending most of those days with him, and while I don't blame her, it was alot for her to sit there all day. At least he is home now, and hopefully, they will both rest.

My kids were both happy with their presents. They usually are but I always think I might be buying them things I want them to have instead of what they might really want. My husband is still not feeling too good with his leg, but is getting a little better each day.

I finished all the baking and knitting and cooking and was pretty calm for Christmas dinner. I was even able to get to the hospital before everyone came over.

Well, I just bought some Patons wool to make Jess some wrist warmers. She loved the socks I made her and when I mentioned I was going to make the wrist warmers and my son said she wouldn't like them, she told me she actually saw them in a store and when she went back to get them they were sold out. I love knitting things for people when I know they like them and appreciate them.

Monday, December 8, 2008

December already?

Well, almost 2 months have gone by. I really need to keep this blog up more often. Well, I have done so much in the last two months. I was planning on finishing my GAAA since I wasn't making Christmas gifts. Well, that went by the wayside! I ended up making my son 1 pair of socks and I am planning on making him another. He goes through these socks like crazy but I am glad he likes them. He also asked me to make his girlfriend a pair too which I already finished using The Unique Sheep's Footprints. I followed Phyl Lagerman's Twilled Rib socks pattern. I really like the way that pattern comes out, especially with the Footprints. I also finished making aunt a pair of socks in worsted weight since she is always cold. In addtion, I made my dad wrist warmers. He is 92 and really his hands are always cold. I hope the wrist warmers help to keep him warm. I made them with 100% wool so they should do the trick.

As a result, I haven't worked on my GAAA. I currently have 18 squares completed and 12 of them blocked. I am almost finished the 19th square which is going to be plain like the Susan Rainey sweater block and then instead of putting on a sweater, I am going to use an i-cord to put on either our initials or the year I finally complete it. I need another block that incorporates both colors of my yarn because that is what I want to use for the corners. As soon as I find a way to knit that block, all 20 of my blocks will be completed. More of that to come.

On top of all of this, I finished my Christmas shopping and everything is wrapped and it's only December 8th! WOW I think this is a first. The only thing I have left to do is work on my son's 2nd pair of socks. If I don't finish them for Christmas, I can just give them to him whenever. At least I finished 1 pair for him.

For knitting, I am testing William's Hat for Laura at The Unique Sheep. It's a cute cable hat. Now that my Christmas knitting is almost finished I have time to test knit this hat.

Now, I seriously need to start baking my Christmas cookies. I plan on doing that this weekend.