Saturday, December 28, 2013

Not a Secret Any More!

Well, here it is, December 28th, and I can finally reveal all the secret holiday knitting! I think I look forward to this post more than any other during the blog year, because I generally spend most of November and December just dying to tell you all what I'm knitting...but not wanting to let the cat out of the bag! Well, the cat's out of the bag fact, she's sleeping on my lap as I knit hexipuffs!

So here is the Christmas Knitting revealed!

Only 8 of those photos are gifties...that last one, the one in the middle, is some tiny sweaters I got distracted by after the Christmas knitting was done. :) Made from leftover sock yarns, how could I resist? Oh, that's right, I couldn'! Anyway, the rest are as follows:
  1. Transitioning to Winter socks - knit for Mindy, my daughter-in-law (who tells me that my granddaughter has taken them hostage, because "everything Gramma knits must be for Peanut!" lol!).
  2. Hat for Peanut, knit to match the mitts in #5...because everything Gramma knits must be for Peanut.  Right? lol!
  3. "Ugly Christmas Sweater" for my son, in miniature...based on a conversation we had last Christmas. He loves it.
  4. Hat and mittens for Peanut because, well...see #2.
  5. Convertible mittens for Peanut, because (as it turns out) she likes gloves better than mittens, and her mother and I know that mittens are warmer than gloves, and see #2. 
  6. Cowl for Dollface...I wish I had gotten a photo of the way that she just put that thing on as soon as we were done opening gifts, and then wore it the rest of the day...but I was too distracted at her insistence that my house is too cold, so I turned up the thermostat a little instead of taking a picture. =/
  7. Afghan for Mork and Mindy, because they live too far away to hug every day. Unfortunately, it seems that Mindy and Peanut fight over this one (success!) while Mork sits shivering in the corner (sad face). In case you are keeping score of the battles, I think Mindy is winning this one...Peanut has two afghans I've made just for her already! =P And finally...
  8. Socks for Snake, my son-in-law, who opened them and put them on right away, over the store-boughts he was wearing...and I did take a quick shot of that!

So, as you can see, our Christmas was a success! As I said, we missed having Mork, Mindy and Peanut in town, but we got to spend time with both Sweetie's family and mine, as well as Snake and Dollface, and we had a couple of very nice days. I hope that you did too! Now, I'm off to knit some more hexipuffs...they have kinda been on hold since sometime in September, but I am back at least until the knitalong starts!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health as you prepare to welcome 2014...oh, my! Where has this year gone?!? :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hello? Where have my pictures gone?

So, this is an interesting Christmas Gift...

I logged on to write tomorrow's blog today, and it appears that all of my images have disappeared! Backgrounds, blog photos, everything! It's not going to stop me, but I figured that I should take a moment to explain the lack of cat photos, like this one:

And this one:

Christmas photos...

...and good old-fashioned food photos, too!

Hopefully, these new photos have posted just fine. I know the photos are still in my picasa album, but I don't know what to do next! I hope I won't have to put them all back one-by-one... Then again, I'll have a couple days off next week...I suppose it would give me something to do! lol!

Well, let's see what happens, then I guess I'll go from there. Right now, I'm going to see if I can contact Mr. Google...or Mr. Blogger...or Ms. Blogger...whoever is in charge of such things. Then I'm going to knit my way to Christmas!

I hope that you don't have any wrinkles in your holiday plans, and that you will have time to Knit all the things while enjoying Good Health!

Edited to add this note:
OK - we can all breathe now. Well, I can breathe now, because I figured it out. Somewhere along the line, the "visibility settings" on my Picasa albums changed... I don't remember changing it, but I don't remember a LOT of things these days, so meh. Anyway, all the pics are back, YAY! and SUPER YAY! But still, I'm gonna take tomorrow off...consider this our Saturday blog, ok? Thanks! You're the best! Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One Week Before Christmas!

You know, until it's actually a week before Christmas, I forget how busy and discombobulated I always feel when it's a week before Christmas! Are you like that, too? I mean, what with the secret knitting that I am rushing to finish...

...and the cookie baking...

...and the secret knitting that I am finishing up...

...and the gingerbread building...

...and the secret knitting...

OMGosh! So busy with the busy! BUT, this is really one of my favorite parts of the Christmas Season...putting on all the finishing touches is so satisfying! Bonus - it looks like I actually WILL finish it all this year! Three cheers for Pretty!!!

Hip, hip, HOORAY!
Hip, hip, HOORAY!
Hip, hip, HOORAY!

I hope that you are having fun and getting things done, too. :) Now, on to the next thing! Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Tree is Finally Up!

My tree is up! 
My tree is up!
My tree is up!!!

And it finally feels like Christmas! I'm working on Gingerbread and Christmas candy, there are carols at the Kindle Fire, and the snow is a-blowin' outside. Oh! I'm also feverishly knitting on those last minute items that I can't tell you about until AFTER Christmas! So, yeah...Christmastime is here!

That's about all I've got for are your holiday plans coming together? I hope that you continue to make forward progress, and that you are surrounded by your favorite people as much as you can be. :) Wait! Are you under the mistletoe??? Let 'em kiss ya!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Knitters' Christmas

'Twas December the 8th, and all through the house
The knitters were gathered, but none were "quiet as a mouse!"

They all came in and took off their shoes,

Dropped off snacks in the kitchen, and with no time to lose...

They got straight to the knitting, in twos...

...and in threes;

They talked, knit and laughed as loud as they pleased!

They knit small, delicate stitches,

and bigger ones, more easy...

Then someone said, "Let's eat!," and they all said, "Yes! Please-y!"

Salty and sweet, veggies, grains and meats;

Cookies, by the dozens, and savory treats!

My favorite were the penguins...standing tall and straight -

I simply had to have one, and man!, he tasted great!

The hostess's stockings hung by the hearth - warm, yet so "chill,"
And the gift bags sat waiting to see what would be their fill.

The youngest to attend was this little one,

The knitters all took turns snuggling,

then they were on the run...

It's time for the annual sock photo, "Let's go!"
"Now everyone get in here! (Is Corrie still at her show?)"

No matter, her foot is there, can you guess which one it is?
Maybe? Maybe not! Photoshop is "the shiz!"

Once the photo was taken, there was more grazing on snacks,
Then it was time to see what was in their gift sacks!

The trinkets and tokens, as usual, were fantastic!
These knitters are amazing, fabulous and craft-tastic!!!

They knitted and ate until daylight was gone,

In their hand-knitted socks, then, they headed for home.

It's December, you see, and there is so much to do,
And one knitter had "shenanigans" she still had to get through.
But I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight,
"Knit in Good Health, friends! And to all a good night!"

My apologies for some of the photo quality issues...I should have brought my regular camera. Still, there are some pretty good shots, and if nothing else, GREAT NEW MEMORIES! What a great party, Cleveland Knits West! Thanks to all of you!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Still No Tree...

Sooo, my tree is still not up...but, hey! I made 10 hats this week! No. Seriously. I did. Ask my Bible study bunch, as the hats were little gifts for our Christmas celebration! I only have photos of 5...

...because the other five found their homes in pockets and purses this week. And one of them, from what I hear, is warming the head of a sea monster!

Lol! Right? Anyway, that's what I've done this week...10 tiny toppers, Bible study, choir practice, knit night, grocery shopping, and today I am scheduled to get started on Christmas candy and gingerbread...oy! I think I need to sit down! Well, maybe while the caramel cools...or maybe instead of sitting down, I should go to the attic and drag all the deco down? Or I could make some more little cute!

Tomorrow is the annual Knitters' Christmas Party, and my stocking stuffers are barely started. I guess what I really should do is get going on you think they would all like a teeny, tiny hat? lol!

What's got you busy this season? Whatever it is, I know that you will get back to it, and I thank you for stopping in to say hello during this busy, busy Saturday. Now, you know the routine...Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Not Looking Much Like Christmas Here

Here's a photo of my daughter's Christmas tree...

And here's a pic of my daughter-in-law's Christmas tree...

And here's a shot of where my Christmas tree should be...


I've been so busy, and we spent the Thanksgiving weekend on the road to visit this cutie...

...and now that I'm back, there's only a couple weeks until it looks like I need to do one of two things:
1. Put up my Christmas tree! Or
2. Stop stressing and be ok without it this year.

What do you guys think? Am I a "Scrooge" if I skip it this year? Or am I just being practical? There are so many things yet to do, and that tree may just be for me, no Peanut around this December...what would you do? I mean, I still have this little tree to keep me I really NEED more???

For now, I think I'm going to just focus on getting through the rest of this busy week! I hope that you are doing well with your holiday plans and preparations. :) Thank you for taking a moment to stop by! 

Knit in Good Health!