Happy New Year...2010! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas for those of you who celebrate this holiday. We had a very nice Christmas. N & K and K's mom joined us for a very nice dinner. My dad came, too, and we celebrated his 93rd birthday. I made a cake for him:
He had great difficulty blowing out his two candles (one #9 and one #3). I swear on a stack of bibles that they were not trick candles, but I think he thought so. Guess in his golden years he lacks the gusto to blow out his candles like he did in his younger days. He did finally blow them out though the boys by that time weren't so sure they wanted any of the cake ;)
Here is my collection of Christmas cookies this year
...all 9000 of them as my baby likes to tell everyone. I made pizelles, springerle, chocolate chip, ginger snaps, gingerbread, sugar cookies and Aunt Louise's butterscotch cookies. Don't think there were 9000, but since everyone takes some home with them I do need to stock up.
We started the morning once again, a tradition in our house, with our short cut cinnamon rolls. The only difference was that this year I could not find the bags of frozen rolls in the grocery store (two weeks in a row), so I decided to make my own frozen rolls this year and they worked out great. Check here for the recipe I used for my rolls. I think from now on I'll make my own rolls...good thing - no preservatives. It's not like the cinnamon rolls are really that good for you to begin with, but you know-- if you can eliminate one more bad thing...why not?
I even received a "knitting" present, a knitting calendar, this year that I didn't ask for. I think my baby is catching on... He did good, very good!
I peeked ahead into the year and noticed a lot of really cool patterns. Looks like fun! Maybe even a gift or two for next year ....we'll see :)
I think I vaguely remember saying in my last post "no knitted presents this year" because of my big cable blanket project.
Well.... the cable blanket went on a temporary hold...so no progress there. I did have to scramble and knit like there was no tomorrow to pull off the completion of two pairs of thick, fuzzy bed socks. One pair for K:and another pair for her mom:
The pattern is Comfy Socks. I recommend this pattern. Very easy and very fast. I used one strand of knitting worsted and one strand of Joann's Rainbow Boucle.
How could I knit something for K but not for N?...so that's why I knit N a black hat -- you can always use an extra hat, right?
Do you remember me knitting this one before?...a very easy, neat and great pattern from Fig and Plum:
Luckily I found a scarf that I had knit a while back....something I totally forgot about and then pulled out and thought K might like it. It's a potato chip scarf, knit with Joann's Rainbow Boucle.Well, she did love it and kept it on the whole day. She and her mom loved their socks. I know K really appreciates anything knitted and even her mom does, too. I think everyone is getting very accustomed to my knitted gifts. The rest of the boys were a bit disappointed that they didn't get knitted gifts as well. I just did not have enough time this year to knit for everyone. Christmas came way too fast this year. Must start earlier next year. Hate the last minute rush finishing everything.
Guess that's about enough for today. Still have more to catch up with you. Will post more later as I have a bunch of finished items, pre-wedding, that I want to show you.
A very happy and healthy New Year to you all and most of all happy knitting :)