We went to my sister's last weekend to finally celebrate Christmas with them. Despite driving through a frickin' snowstorm in the Berkshires - of course, because it's always snowing there when it isn't snowing anywhere else - we had a nice time. Knitted presents were loved!
|Socks for my nephews and my sister|
|He didn't want to put them on again by the time|
I got my camera out!
|A cotton face cloth that I gave her with|
some Burt's Bees face soap.
|Duct tape! I love it!|
Our drive home that day was uneventful and even kind of pretty:
In Knitting News:
So, now I'm knitting like crazy - bet you thought I was done with that after the holidays - for upcoming classes to teach.
I made the Pretty Thing cowl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot - click there for her blog):
And the Winter Leaves Scarf for a basic lace knitting class:
Gelsomina wrist warmers:
Ravine hat, and then I'll move on to my next projects. One of them is the Great American Afghan knit-a-long at The Spinning Room. Here is a sneak peak at 2 of the 5 (or so) colors:
|That lighter color is actually more of a blue/green|
and is really pretty. The darker color is
actually lighter. Ugh, will try for a better pic...
knit-a-long to go along with season 3 of Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey starting this Sunday!
In Book News:
Yay! Lots of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas!!! So excited since I have a long list of books that I want to get.
I finished Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Wow. What a great book. It starts in 1942 Paris with the "roundup" of Jewish residents to later be brought to Auschwitz. When the police come to her house, a young girl named Sarah hides her brother in their secret cabinet, takes the key, and tells him she will come back for him. She has no idea that she and her family are being taken away from their home for good. The story then fluctuates back and forth from her story to a present day journalist who is researching the roundup, and how their stories end up intertwining. Very engaging and the author does a great job of relaying the story while going back and forth in each chapter. Highly, highly recommend! Here is a link to Amazon:
I just started another GREAT book that I'll tell you about next time....
That's it for now. Except for one last picture of Mandy that I took several weeks ago, since she was, again, creatively using her pillow: