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Not some pictures

If I could get the downstairs computer to work, here’s where I’d be showing you pictures of some of the things I knitted for Christmas.  Also, there’s the small problem of I was so sick I completely forgot to take pictures of most of the things before I wrapped them.  I actually remember thinking at the time, “Oh, it’s ok – I’ll just take pictures when the person opens it, and puts it on/plays with it, etc.”

 

In other news, I at least finished some things.  A pair of lounge pants for Christopher,  and a hat for David that’s almost done.  Assuming the boys cooperate and take at least part of their naps at the same time, I can do the decrease rounds on that real quick and be done.  Just in time too – it’s finally supposed to snow this evening!

 

Actually, as I go through my projects on Ravelry, I see there are quite a few that I don’t have pictures for.  I’m thinking perhaps  photo shoot is in order.  I bet if I ask the right boy with the right bribery, I can get one of them to do it for me.  Now to just print off a list of what all I need pictures of.  And make some brownies.  Brownies make excellent bribery material, or so I hear.  Not that I’ve even done that or anything.

What are you going to try today?

“Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.”
– Lloyd Jones

 

I’m going to try to eat 25 cookies and knit all day. Even if I fail by eating only 2 cookies and knitting for an hour, that’s better than nothing, right?  I mean, at least I tried…

Christmas Break goes way too fast…

Here it is, the first business day of the new year, and I realized last night that I only have 2 more days until my kids go back to school!  Is it odd that I’m sad?  Once again, there were so many things I wanted to do with them that we just never had the time to do.  We did make one gingerbread house, our practice one we called it.  Cause, frankly, it’s horrible.  I told the kids that since this kit was 4 or 5 years old, we’d practice on it, and then I’d make a batch of my mom’s sugar cookie dough and we’d make our “real” one out of that.  And there are a couple more batches of cookies that didn’t get made, and ornaments that never got crafted, and we won’t even mention the laundry that didn’t get done, or the floors that didn’t get washed, or the other chores that didn’t get done.  I gave away those presents so quickly I even forgot to get pictures of them!

 

When I look back on this Christmas, what am I going to remember?  All the stuff we didn’t get to do, or all the stuff we did get to do?  Like going down to Frisco to visit Aunt Debbie and Uncle Phil and cousins Abigail and Austin.   And the boys getting to spend Christmas with their FL grandpa (Steve’s dad) for the first time in 3 years.  Abigail and the boys making mint chocolate crinkles and getting powdered sugar ALL over the table.  Staying up until 2 am Christmas morning to finish Phil’s hat.  Driving to 2 different Toys R Us’ so that Christmas wouldn’t be ruined.  Steve leaving his phone on a cart corral outside one of them.  For an hour.  In the rain.  And panicking when we realized it was gone, calling the store, no one had turned it in, we drove back anyway, and it was gone.  Steve went inside the store and some angel had turned it in!  (Maybe now Steve’ll get a holster.)  Getting so sick on Christmas day night that I ended up throwing up in a bathtub while sitting on the toilet.  Fun times.  Watching Austin and Christopher share their toys with Nathan.  Seeing everyone play together.  Going to a Christmas Eve service all together.  Phil driving us out to see some amazing Christmas lights.  Walking around the neighborhood to see “the house Christmas threw up on.”  Abigail and the boys decorating their cookies for Santa, and eating some too.  Sprinkle overload!

 

There are so many good memories.  But for now, I’m going to try to squeeze in a few more.  Shortening and flour and sugar – here I come!

2012 Crafting Goals

Every Christmas for about the past 4, I have dug out the boys’ old Christmas stockings and thought I should knit/crochet them some instead.  The ones they have are some kind of machine knit store bought fair isle things, with loooooong stretches of yarn inside that catch every toy that Santa puts in.  And it’s even harder for the boys to get their stuff out.  I think, “Hey, it’s only the beginning of December –  I should totally be able to crank out 3 stockings amidst all the other Christmas knitting/crocheting I have to do.  And the baking.  And the decorating.  And packing, as we’ve been away from home 3 out of the last 4 years.”

And before I know it, it’s 2 am on Christmas morning, and I’m just finishing up that hat/scarf/mitten and frantically wrapping it so I can have a few hours of sleep before the kids wake me up with their joyous yells of “Santa came!!!!”  And another Christmas passes without me making them new stockings.

So, I think, I have a year now.  I can work on them in the summer, when it’s awful hot and I’m wishing for snow, and all that.  Think that works?  Nope.  It hasn’t yet.

I’m thinking I need a new plan.  I have never done this before, but I’m giving myself crafting goals, if only to remind myself of what I’d really like to accomplish by the end of the year.  In the hopes that I will refer back to this when the call of the latest neatest coolest thing from Knitty.com is calling so loud.  Or someone brings something amazing to knitnight and I want to cast on one for me immediately.  (Not pointing any fingers, JULIE and your Friendly Gray thing that I didn’t even like until I saw yours and now I want one.  But in a different color)

 

1.) New Christmas stockings for the boys – let them pick out their colors for the body and the trim. These will be fairly plain – I’m not going all out and doing fair isle or any of that.  I may even crochet them for speed.  We’ll see.

2.) Cross stitch one tea towel from that collection I bought 3 or 4 kids ago.

3.) Work on Steve’s Bucs blanket for at least 1 hour every month.

4.) Finish up Maureen’s big black shrug.  She’s been way too patient,

5.) Ditto Dulcie’s scarf that matches the hat I already made her.

6.) Start one of my sweaters.  Whenever I want to start something for myself, I seem to always make socks.  Not that I don’t love my socks, but dang.  I actually even have the yarn for like 3 or 4 of them at least, but I just wait and wait.

7.) Finish Kristi’s purple socks

8.) Start some Christmas presents during the year, instead of waiting until December.  D’uh.

 

Something tells me that there are a couple more that escape me at the moment, but that doesn’t surprise me.  I’m going to go ahead and post this for now, and print it off and hang it near my bed as a reminder.  Don’t be surprised if you see me refer back to this or even add some too it as I come in to full brain power.

 

Happy New Year!


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