Crafty Rantings

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Can't Wait

I can't wait until I can finally post pictures of everything I've been working on because, for once, I think I have made some really cute Christmas presents/packages. Tonight I anticipate finishing the last present I am making by hand and after that if I can get a couple little things done as "extras" I will.

I feel bad, though. I sent a box to my mother this morning containing her presents and one for my brother and some extra sweets from Sees Candy which she loves and Christmas cards and ornaments and...

I forgot to wrap up and send the washcloth for my great nephew Andrew who turns 1 this coming Tuesday. Yup, 13 days after that it will be Matt's turn. But I'll be there so it will be extremely special for me. I couldn't be there when he was born but for his actual first birthday - and Christmas - makes it truly a wonderful family holiday season for me.

I will have to wrap the washcloth for Andrew and send it in its own package. I will send it to my mom's house so he'll have a present there. Besides, his card will be there. :)

But for the first time in a long time I can't wait for Christmas. It always used to be my favorite holiday. Most everyone knows why that stopped. But it looks like it's back.

Is it December 21st yet? (That's when I fly south.)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Yes, I've Been Busy!

You know... it's that time of year and I can't post pictures or talk about what I've been working on. Suffice it to say I have taken pictures and when I am back from my Christmas trip to be with Ally, Sean and Matt (and for Matt's first birthday!) I will be able to post lots of pictures. :) In the meantime, you will have to settle for this...

I know most everyone who reads this blog remembers how awful a time I had attempting socks at the beginning of the year. Yes, dumb me, I may try again in January. Anyway, that is not the point. Since I can't make socks, I didn't really think I could participate in the "Socks for Soldiers" program that Brooke knits socks for until she suggested making washcloths. I have sent her 3, have 3 more done and when I finish the current one, that batch goes off and I am done for a while. I am making basic, simple washcloths that are functional but nice. They also stretch. Here's a picture of one.

So until Christmas has passed, you won't be seeing much in the way of pictures. One thing, though. I did quite a while ago start myself a shawl. I am wanting to be able to work on this so I will rip it out and completely restart. No pattern. Just straight old garter stitch. I hope to get restarted before I get on the plane to go to Ally's.

And as a final word, I'd just like to encourage anyone who has a pattern for something easy and fast to let me know. I am always looking for something quick and easy. I am going to try to get back into a KAL in January. I liked doing those. This time, though, one at a time, not 3. That was too much! But it did help me stretch my skills and build my stash. One of these days I will go back to bigger projects. Yes, still need to make Amy's hat.