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Since the car has been in the shop for the past 12 days, I’ve gotten in a little knitting time, when I can keep my eyes open.  The knitting on the Celtic Tote is finished.  The sides, bottom and front have been joined together.  All that is left is to attach the back and then felt.  I really like the way this is turning out, I think the Plymouth Tweed adds a lot of interest to the body of the bag.  Hope to have FO (finished object) pics soon. In the mean time here is an in progress photo.

CelticTote - in progress
Click on the photo for larger image.

It came to my attention recently, that a lot of people didn’t know that they can click on the images in my blog, to see a larger image.  I had never thought much about it, because I roll my cursor over pictures, as a matter of habit, to see if there are larger, more detailed images.

Still not sleeping well, but I see the Dr. on Monday morning for the sleep study results.

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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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I’ve made a little more progress on the Coronet hat.  I’ve knit the body of the hat up to the decreases.  In the pic below the hat is turned inside out to show the cable band, which folds up when worn.

coronet1

I would have more progress to show on the hat, but I went and cast on another sock.  So far I’ve knit the cuff.  Now I just have to decide on the pattern of the leg.

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No birds.

Where have all the birds gone?  I’ve noticed for the past week that there are very few birds in our neighborhood.  I haven’t seen any at my feeders.  Curious.

The Coronet hat.  I finished knitting the cable band, joined ends and cast on stitches for the body of the hat.  Knit approximately ½ of the body of the hat.  I had to Kitchener the two ends of the cable band together and did it in the cable pattern.  I’m proud to say that except for one small spot on the edge (I got a knot) it’s hard to tell where the join is.  Below is a very bad picture of the band in progress.  I hope to have a good pic tomorrow of the hat knitting so far.

Coronet_band

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While Ann and I were out yesterday we went by Carol’s Knitting Studio.  I bought the Cascade 220 superwash yarn and Brittany birch size 6 dpns I need to make a doggie sweater for Miss Josie.  I saw this free pattern on-line and can’t resist giving it a go.  It’s an aran type sweater with a biscuits and bones pattern. 

The only other thing I bought yesterday was a bench knife.  Now I just need to get energetic and motivated to start holiday baking.  Then drag out all the Christmas decorations and sort them into what to decorate with, keep, trash or donate.

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