Christmas morning, Japan/Christmas Eve, Heartland
Movies, a little shopping, lots of cribbage.
K returned to NYC (graduate school) yesterday. I hated to see him go, but after a week of holiday indulging on so many levels, we were all ready to resume our routines. (And reclaim our computers!) This morning I have the house to myself so I am doing some housecleaning. Stripping the beds, cleaning out the refrigerator, breaking down holiday boxes and going through accumulated mail. And catching up on some long overdue blogging. I've received several wonderful packages over the last couple of weeks!
On the day I was dealing with the contractors over the roof problem, the mailman delivered a package from Carrieoke, who, it turned out, got my name in a sock swap. They couldn't have arrived on a better day! She made me these fabulous Lorna's Laces socks in the ever-popular Jaywalker pattern and they are a perfect fit. I'd been thinking about joining Cara's Jaywalker knitalong but now I don't have to! (Though these are so nice, I may have to make another pair.)
The day before Christmas, a package showed up from my Better Pal. Before I go any further, I should say that until these two swap situations, I'd been a bit ambivalent about participating in such online swaps. But I'm getting spoiled! My BP not only sent some lovely Classic Elite Miracle yarn and needles, but included some rich (I've been warned), dark hot chocolate which I'm putting away for a few weeks as a reward for re-attaining my pre-holiday weight. (Hope springs eternal.) It should be a perfect antidote for a cold, gray, when-will-winter-ever-end day. Thanks, Better Pal!
As if that was not enough, yesterday another package showed up in the mailbox, from Emily. She had a fun contest this fall for Survivor viewers and I was one of the winners. Yes, I'm admitting it...I watch Survivor. (Come on! I know a lot of you watch and just refuse to 'fess up!) I got a lot of knitting done this fall *in Guatemala* and it was fun to participate in Emily's weekly contest, as well as to read Blackbird's *insightful* next-day synopsis of each episode. And look what I won!
This lovely (hard to photograph) dark plummy Fleece Artist merino! Thanks, Emily...the fall season was a lot of fun because of your contest! Do you see the notecard she enclosed with the yarn? That's a photo of one of her many wonderful quilts. PBS recently visited her home to interview and film her for one of their quilt shows which she wrote about in this very humorous post.
Last week while the guys were playing cribbage (or something), I ducked out to a yarn sale and came home with some Rowan Wool Cotton in this luscious periwinkle color. I need a scarf that isn't quite so *wooly-novelty-heavy-long-variegated-whatever* as the ones I have and this weight seems perfect. This weekend while I consider which more challenging projects I'll tackle though the winter months (mittens are on the list, Sandy, as is a sweater...), I'll be fiddling around with two scarf pattern possibilities. Another Branching Out, and a version of one that Jane just made.
That's enough housekeeping for today! (Though I know I'm forgetting something I wanted to say...or show. Or someone I wanted to mention...she mumbles as she heads to the laundry room.)