One More Week

Crazy!  I’m definitely still behind, but oh well, not a lot I can do about it now except knit away and hope for the best.

We did get our tree last weekend.  For some reason, almost all of the trees were gone.

Tree

Got it decorated.

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We didn’t decorate much of the rest of the house, as yet, but we did get this guy up:

Santa

It just isn’t Christmas without “Nekked Santa”.

I hope the rest of you are in a much better knitting position than I am.  I think I need to actually come up with a plan next year.

Knit, Knit Like The Wind!

Just a bit of randomness on a Friday:

1. Well, I’m still a bit behind schedule, though not too bad.  I know that if I focus and get some serious knitting done this weekend, I’ll be able to get most, if not everything, completed on time.

2. It’s a good thing it is still the 1st week of December.

3. I have almost all of my shopping complete, awesome. :)

4. We do still need to put the Christmas decorations out and get a tree.  We buy a real tree every year, which is nice.  I love the smell of a real tree combined with a roaring fire.  (Though ours is a gas fire place and we have the fake logs, so I don’t get the wood smoke smell, but that’s ok.)

5. Every year the university where I work sells Christmas cacti and poinsettias to help fund the staff scholarships.  This year, I decided to purchase a cactus and it was delivered on the 1st.

Cactus

6. It has actually had quite a few more blooms since this picture was taken Tuesday.  I’ve never had one before, so it will be interesting to see if I can keep it alive and blooming.

7. I really like the color.

8. I have made some big purchases over the last couple of months, a new bed, mattress, etc.  It’s been a little weird to spend that much money at one time, but these items will definitely help save space and we will be able to create a guest room out of the 3rd bedroom.

9. I’ve started writing again.  I used to write years ago, though I’ve never really finished anything.

10. My goal is to have it finished by the end of February, at the latest.

11. It will help that since I work for a public university, I get two weeks off for winter break.

12. Two weeks of knitting and writing.  I can’t wait.

A Little Behind

I’m still a little behind in my schedule, but I am now on the 2nd half of this present, and I ordered the yarn for the last one yesterday.  So yay!  Tonight is choir, so there will not be much progress made today, but there is always tomorrow.  Hopefully, this will be done by the end of the week.  Fingers crossed.

Not In The Stars

I did not get as far as I would have liked over the weekend.  But I did finish both sleeves and I made a start on the body.  So that is good.  I have to pause at the end of each section since I’m knitting both sides at the same time.  This is a first for me, so I have to remind myself not to start the next row until I’ve finished the other half.  I’ll get used to it.  Of course, about the time I get the hang of it, I’ll be knitting in the round. :-P

The Best Laid Plans…

Well, my schedule has fallen by the wayside a bit over the last couple of weeks, but I’m going to jump right back in and get it knocked out.  Today’s goal?  2 sleeves (they’re cap sleeves, completely doable) and the beginning of the body.  It starts off with the two sides being knit at the same time, then combined in the round for most of the piece, then flat from arm holes on.  I don’t want to say that I think it will be an “easy” piece, that is just asking for trouble, but I’m hoping that it will move quickly.

Once I actually get started on it…maybe…

How are your goals progressing?

Welcome Back, Kotter

On the 24th of last month, I got up early, got ready, and went to see my sister.

Las Vegas Blvd

That’s right, I got to spend over a week in Vegas.  And it was a blast, as usual.  Originally, I had made the plan last spring to go out and visit my sister for her birthday (which was the 25th).  At first, it was just going to be me.  Then Mum decided she wanted to go, followed by my brother and his girlfriend.  My poor BIL was inundated with the In-Laws; we somewhat overran their house.  (My father and his wife will be headed out today as well, but they will be staying in a hotel.)  At least we were a bit spread out so there were only 2 days where everyone was at the house at the same time.  It worked out.

We went to Springs Preserve for a little bit and saw the butterfly exhibit.

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From the roof we got to see a wonderful view.  Including a crazy storm as it slowly made it’s way across the valley.

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We had some great food and drinks,

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Tooled around with the top down,

Paris

Went shopping, and had some all around good times.

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I even got my knit on and some reading in.

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I think I'm going to rip this back, go with something smaller.

I think I’m going to rip this back, go with something smaller.

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(Of course, I often forgot to take pictures of things and even forgot the camera upon occasion.  That’s usually how I roll.)

Overall it was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad I got to go.  I didn’t really want to come back home and to work.  I hope to be able to visit again soon.

Maybe February. :)

(It took me way longer than it should to post this, but I finally got it done. :))

Just Like Indiana Jones…But Not

This weekend I went on a fabulous adventure.  Danger, excitement, booby traps, volatile natives, and digging for forgotten treasure…  

Not really, except for the “digging for forgotten treasure” part.  I went through my stash this weekend and found quite a bit of yarn that I had completely forgotten about.  It’s almost like Christmas.  I may have even found some for a Christmas present which would save quite a bit of money if it works out.  I’ll let you know soon.  So I guess technically, I have now started a Christmas present a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.  Yay Woo!

I also found this lovely skein of a DK weight yarn in these beautiful purples.  I have no idea what it is because the band is missing, but I do know it’s about 200 yards and one of the softest yarns I’ve ever felt.  There was also a hidden 200 yard ball of Cashmere-blend DK weight in gray that I was going to used for a present a couple of years ago, but decided to go with something else.  I can’t wait to get started with them.  I think I’ve even figured out what to do with them.

If you haven’t been through your stash lately, now is definitely the time if you need to come up with something as a last minute Christmas present.