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In an earlier post I was lamenting the lack of wild birds at our new house.  There have been more visitors to the feeders since the arrival of cold weather and ice.  Then today I spied a Cooper’s Hawk sitting on the back fence.  Unfortunately, he was feasting on another of the backyard visitors.  I can’t get good pictures from a distance with our digital camera, so had to use my 35mm camera with the 100mm-400mm lens.  So no pictures until film is developed.

As most of you know, I’m always running out of things to do.  OK, you can stop laughing now. 
I actually cast on for a scarf last night, to go with the red Cabled Force hat I just finished.  Lots of knitters have knit the Clapotis,  I’ve been tempted quite a few times.  Just wasn’t sure I wanted to try the full size Clapotis.  Then I found the Drop Scarf which uses the Clapotis pattern, but modifies the directions to make it scarf size.  It is an easy and fun knit, you actually drop stitches on purpose.  This picture doesn’t show the pattern well, since I’ve so far only dropped one column of stitches. 

Drop Scarf - Modified Clapotis

It’s been a busy morning.  The repairman came to fix the garage door opener, had a hawk sighting and I just finished baking 4 dozen biscotti.  I’ll bake another double batch tomorrow and that will be more than enough for the Skrappies cookie exchange.

Now it’s time to find something for lunch, then make a nice cup o’ tea and knit some more on the new scarf.

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The ice storm hit Sunday night, but we still had electricity.  Then Monday morning brought more freezing rain and the power went off and stayed off until a little after 5pm.  The temperature in the house went down in the 50’s and having an electric stove couldn’t even make tea or hot chocolate.  So went to bed and napped for a while under the feather comforter.  Just about the time I was thinking of going out and firing up the grill to cook a hot supper, the power came back on.  We’ve had electricity since then and it only flickers occasionally.  So all in all we’ve been lucky.  Other people are still without power and will be for a while.

Below is a picture of my neighbor’s poor little tree.  The tree is about 8ft tall and under the ice it just bent in two.
 

Icy Tree

Saturday before the storm we did a little Christmas shopping.  I remember now, why I don’t go to the mall this time of year.  You couldn’t even walk down the aisles in the stores, because of all the people. Then we headed to Sam’s, which actually wasn’t too bad, so I could pick up some shelled pistachios.  I dislike shelling pistachios and Sam’s is the only place I’ve found the Pistachio Kernels without ordering online.  Of course we didn’t make it out of the store until we had done serious damage to the bank account.

I needed the pistachios for a Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti recipe.  This is an easy and very tasty biscotti recipe that keeps well, due to using olive oil instead of butter, and the flavors keep developing as they sit.  Monday is the Skrappy Ladies Christmas party and we decided to do a cookie exchange instead of drawing names for gifts.  So I will be baking approximately seven dozen biscotti in the next few days.  Hope the weather is nice on Monday so I can drive to Lawton, or all the relatives will be receiving biscotti for Christmas.

Here is the new addition to my Santa collection.  I like the Heartwood Creek Santa’s or similar style.  Guess the quilt like patterns have a lot to do with it.
Santa 2007

I’ve been knitting on the Celtic Tote and the September Woods socks but don’t have much progress to show.  I did knit up a quick hat for part of MIL’s Christmas gift.

Cable Force Hat

Pattern – Cabled Force
Yarn – Cascade 220 wool
Color – 9404
Needles – US 8 / 5.0mm

The color is actually closer to wine than the bright red shown in the picture.

 

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