Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Up & Down the Road and Yarn Along

Hello Everyone.  Well, it's been awhile since I've dropped in to this little space.  The last few weeks have been a little crazy -- lots of running up and down the road (as my Aunt Ruth used to say).  The Monday before Thanksgiving, Mr. FC and I went to Beaumont (down by the Gulf) so he could take care of some business there.  Then, we headed from there to Fredericksburg (loooong drive) to meet the rest of the family for Thanksgiving and repeat the Thanksgiving tradition (now it is ;) that started last year.  Sweet LDD cooked everything this year, and it was amazing!  She's the best cook I know -- really.  We had offered to buy dinner when we got there and felt bad about her doing all that work, but she said she really wanted to cook, so Thank You LDD!  It was truly delicious!  The weekend was lots of fun -- not so different from yours I'd imagine - lots of eating, movie watching, shopping, wandering, eating, resting, knitting, eating, football, eating . . .

(photo taken by Lovable Darling Daughter)

K, C, and Buddy wandering and looking for leaves to wax later.

We also made lots of pom poms -- who knew they were so fun and so versatile -- for hair ornaments, boot decorations, dog collar embellishments and on and on. 

We went to the Friday night lighting of the town tree and pyramid. 

 I love the traditions of this little German town.

Of course, we had to take a few silly pictures.

(photo taken by LDD)

I hated to say goodbye to these Lovable Darlings, but we'll be together again soon for Christmas (eep!).

So anyhoo, Mr FC and I headed home (another looooong drive) for a few days of regrouping, then went to Brenham (in SE Texas) for a fun wedding weekend, and now I'm home - yay!  I'm finally going to be home for more than a hectic 3 or 4 day stretch of unpacking, doing laundry, re-packing, cleaning house, & trying to finish Christmas decorations before taking off again (whew!), and I'm happy to say it pleases me to death to finally have time to breathe a bit as I was getting rather poorly, pooped, & cranky (I am old and feeble you know).

On to knitting and joining Ginny again for Yarn Along this week (thank you Ginny). One good thing about all that traveling is that I got to do a lot of car knitting.   I finished my Honey Cowl, and I do love it  (my man loves it too ^v^).  I left my camera in Mr's car which is now back on the road traveling to far off places, so I had to use my phone for these photos (not that my photos are ever that good anyway but just sayin' . . .)

And this little sleeveless cardi is an attempt to make something similar to "In Threes" (which I love!) for big sister.  I'm not (sad to say) loving it, but I'm hoping it will look better once I've blocked and added buttons.  I'm thinking the yarn is not a good choice -- yet again. 

So, now I'm waiting on yarn to come in for Phoebe's Sweater (late start!) and for another "In Threes" for Z, as the last one (supposed to be size 4 - 5) turned out to be too big, so I gave it to C who wears a size 6.

See -- it fits her perfectly.  Oh well . . .

So, what have I got on the needles at the moment -- more Elf Hats.  I made two last year and loved them so much, I decided everyone must have one this year (they might not agree, you think?).  So far, I've made three more and have four to go.  These are so fast and easy and cute and fun!

I'm also still knitting away on more Muggle Socks -- never seem to have too many of those.

Oh, and I finished the February Doll Sweater for Z's birthday doll.  I hear Z loves Polly, so that's good! (Old Polly was mine in the olden days.)

Well, I guess this is the longest post in the world, and I haven't even mentioned what I'm reading yet.  So, lots of listening to audio books in the car over the last couple of weeks.  I've been listening to "A Vintage Affair" (which was recommended by someone in a past Yarn Along post, but I can't remember who -- sorry!)  Anyway, I like it -- a lot.  Maybe because I love clothes (used to really be a little fanatic about it - not so any more), and there's a good story or two intertwined with all the interesting stories and descriptions of the vintage designer clothes.  Also, Mr. FC and I listened to "Gods and Generals" on the way home from the wedding Sunday.  I didn't love it, but he liked it, so that's okay then.  After all, he did have to drive 4 hours in the rain.

Oh, and just one more thing . . . I have to show you the sweetest little blanket I thrifted while on the road.  I just love it!

  I found this little treasure for $18.00 (Merry Christmas to me)!  Isn't it sweet, and it's all wool.

Okay then, if you're still with me (and I wouldn't blame you if you're not), can I just say I hope you're all enjoying this fun, magical, & most blessed holiday season!

♥ ♥ ♥



dottycookie said...

Hang on a minute - Thanksgiving was only a couple of weeks ago and you've achieved all of that knitting? I am mightily impressed! Love the little cardigans - awwww.

Valula said...

Lovely post G, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you've been having fun with the family...roll on Christmas :-)

wayside wanderer said...

Such a fun post catching up with all you have been up to. All of your knitting is wonderful and those adorable grands are so cute. And you've thrifted something wonderful, too! Sigh.

Gigi said...

Hi Girls! Thank you so much for the kind comments. Merry Christmas to you all!
♥ ♥ ♥

Becks said...

Wow, lovely catch up post. Loving the huge christmas tree, all those lights! Great knits, I really like the pizie hats and want to knit one or two....but no-one here would wear them :(

Bonnie said...

Your little sweaters are beautiful. I too love knitting socks. I've never tried the muggle socks. Maybe I need too.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

Crunchy Momma said...

Wow, you have been really busy!!! I love everything you are working on and that blanket you thrifted...OMG!! I can't believe you got an all wool blanket for $20!!! So happy for you. Thank you for sharing!

Pom Pom said...

Hi G!
You HAVE been productive! You always are!
I'm glad you have a few days of rest in store!
Polly is ADORABLE!

Serena said...

Wow! So many great projects! I love the elf hats and the dolly sweater.

Gumbo Lily said...

What a ginormous Christmas tree and the pyramid too. Oh my! Love, love, love your knitted sweaters and elf caps. So glad you're home for a little bit so you can visit with all of us. We missed you G!


Lisa said...

That blanket is a great catch!!
And the elf hats - I love them!

Cathy said...

Love the elf hats! I just made a few for my kids - they call them gnome hats. Such a fun thing to knit. I'm intrigued by your little February doll sweater too. Can't wait to see it all finished up! Warm wishes to you!

Lori ann said...

hi gigi!
it's so good to hear you've been(good) busy and all's well. your grands are so so adorable and all your knitting as well. i need to make that cowl, it's truly gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I have a german town in House for Christmas time, and my mother had one it's a family affair hihihihi

it's really a happy time with people we love

Jess said...

So cute seeing all my peeps little faces. More fantastical knits, <3!! That blanket, oh my, major SWOON!! I have blanket envy ;)


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