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FO Friday!

Hi Everyone!

I’m still wicked busy and still only knitting secret holiday gifts so I’ll still be mostly MIA for a while.

BUT, I did whip out this little number for yours truly!

Pattern:  The Clutch You’ll Never Give Up from One Skein
Yarn:   Lamb’s Pride Bulky (can’t remember the color but clearly green – it may be Kiwi)
Needles:  Size 15 Harmony Knit Picks Options
It took about two hours.  I used a fun little brooch that I picked up a while back.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!!

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Wow. Thank you!

As you all probably know, I’m about to turn 30.  I’m currently clutching onto the end of my twenties with a white knuckled death grip.

But…it’s all good.  My absolutely fantastic husband threw me a surprise birthday party that was actually a surprise.  I had NO idea.  I was shocked!  If I had an idea, I would have had less wine prior to the party but I’m told that I was “cute” so I guess that’s ok too.

Most of my friends were in attendance and some family too.  It was just fantastic.

Peter and I had our reception at Maxwell-Silverman’s and that’s where he had my 30th party too.  We were supposed to go out to dinner so he took me out to a different restaurant for a drink first then over to Maxwell’s.  The parking lot was packed but I didn’t know to look for familiar cars so I didn’t see them.  We got in and saw a friend of ours Dave, who is the Maitre-D and he got us seated at the bar with a bottle of wine.

Then Peter told me that Dave could seat us right away so we followed him into the dining area and rounded the corner to the small room off of the dining area and there were people.  It took me a minute to realize that I knew them all.  SHOCKED and totally surprised.  Peter did an excellent job and it really touched me that he thought of doing that for me.

Here are some pictures:

It was so much fun, I was so happy and touched (and I still am).  This really helped making such a big birthday so much easier to take.  Thank you to all my friends and family and especially my husband for going above and beyond to get a big shin dig planned.

I know there are more pictures floating around out there so I’ll post more when I get them.  Thanks again everyone!!!

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This time it’s all about getting in the holiday spirit early.

At Rhinebeck, we went to an after party at the Morehouse Farm store.  They had a bunch of really fun kits (yarn and pattern) and the yarn there.  OH THE YARN.  I have never felt anything like it.  It is easily my favorite ever but expensive.

So let me present the FO for this Friday, the Santa Hat!

This only took one evening to knit.  Feels good, knits fast.

Last night I went over to Tricia and Cesar’s house and helped decorate early for Christmas.  Since Tricia’s about to pop and spew forth a little one, she needed a team to assist.  Why you ask?  I have photographic proof.

Here is the organized bin for the Fall/Halloween Decorations:

And here is a picture of Tricia with “most” of her Christmas bins…there are seven here but I think there was a total of 8 bins, two boxes, then the tree.  I’ve never seen such a thing.  I get a real tree every year, and have two bins of ornaments and a box of decorations and I thought that was a lot!  Whew!

It was a really good time though and Tricia and Cesar even got me a little cake and some ice cream to celebrate my birthday (next week-but let’s not discuss that).  Tricia gave me a book I had been wanting from my Amazon wish list, and it was just a nice time with Christmas music, pizza, cake, fun holiday decorating, etc.

Thank you Tricia and Cesar!!!

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Busy Busy!

Sorry I’ve been so MIA.  Like I said before, work has just been insane.  It will pay off though so it’s all good.

Being so busy, after work I just wanted to sit and stare blankly at the TV which did not lend much to making knitting progress.  I do have an FO for this week though and I LOVE it.

It’s actually something for me too, so you’ll have to tune in for FO Friday to check it out.

I also started to panic that I may not make it with my holiday knitting.  I had to re-categorize my priorities but I think I’ll be ok.  I made some nice headway last night and hope to do much more this week too.

Sunday is craft day at my friend Michelle’s place and it will be just fantastic to keep trucking along on these projects.  I also have another baby project that I was “hired” to knit (waiting for the yarn now) that I’ll have to work on asap when I have all the materials.

But I am optimistic. I’m also quite interested to see how far I will get on everything by the end of the month.  Ideally I’d like to just have one project left to work on (and I know which one that will be too) so I need to pump out everything else this month.

I also decided to make my own holiday cards (they will be simple but I think they will be cute) and already have some plans for some baking.

I love the holidays.  I also made a decision to make sure I enjoy all seasons and holidays and just do some fun things.  Don’t get me wrong, I already do plenty of fun things but there are things I’d love to do every year like a tradition and just don’t.  It’s making me feel old that I don’t do these things.  (I am pushing the big 3-0 in less than ten days <SOB>).

What do I mean?  Well, I want to always have a real Christmas Tree.  I didn’t last year because I feared what my newest kitty would do to it.  Life is too short though so I’m getting a tree no matter what.

I want to carve pumpkins and make pie and pumpkin seeds.  Didn’t do that either.

I want to go berry picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall.  Nope.  Didn’t do that.  (I was invited along this year with some friends but sadly couldn’t make it either time.)

I want to go to museums, plays, and the like.  (Nope, didn’t do that either).

I’m grateful for all the stuff I do-do (ha!  I said do-do) like all the fun I have with my friends and our lovely fiber-filled escapades but I do want to do these other things too.  I know it’s all up to me to make them happen.  I guess I just wish it wasn’t all up to me.

I did inform the husband that he will need to participate.  We’ll see how it goes.

I think I’m struggling with the age thing.  Yes, I do realize that 30 is not old.  I am though reflecting back on my life so far and while there is very little (if anything) I would change, I do think back to how I used to be about things like holidays and I used to be so much more into it.  Gotta get it back.  That’s my new mission.  Don’t worry though, I promise that this blog won’t spew sickening amounts of holiday goodness.  I will be reasonable but damn it I am determined to be in the spirit.

If you made it through this long, rambling post then you are truly a friend.

I promise some good stuff this week.  Have a great day!

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FO Friday!

Here we are again on FO Friday!

This will be getting difficult to do with all the holiday knitting but I do promise that I will have something finished to show each week!  I love a challenge!

This week I present you with  a pair of Fetching Fingerless Gloves.
Started:  October 20
Finished:  October 21
Yarn:  Claudia Hand-Painted Worsted
Color:  Walk in the Woods
Needles:  Knitpicks Options Harmony size 8
Modifications:  First I used a larger needle size then I omitted the last cable at the top of the mitts leaving just the cuff cabled.

Have a great weekend!

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Distraction.

Um.  I had a post…where did it go?  I guess I have to give up on WordPress today.

Work is STILL wicked busy with no end in sight so you will all have to settle for FO Friday this week.

For now, let me distract  you with rainbows and kitties:

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