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Sock knitting humor from a german sock knitting list that I belong to:

Two double point sock needles are walking through the forest.  After a while they meet a hedgehog and one needle turns to the other and says, “Next time, we’re taking the bus.”

I have lots of pictures from Skrappy Ladies Retreat, so hopefully I will soon have a post complete with embarrassing,  blackmail pics and details.

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Last week was a rollercoaster.  Lots of ups and downs.  Kerry came for a visit and spent the night.  She brought along our Girl Scout cookie order so we are now well supplied with sweet treats.  Then Friday morning I woke up with, thankfully, a mild case of whatever is going around.  Friday and Saturday were spent bundled up in my chair sleeping, watching TV and movies.  Which means that I didn’t make it to the Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival.  I was really in the mood for bagpipes and men in kilts, too.

A couple of things I’ve been working on were finished.  First is another block for Colleen.  This is the one with the fantasy flowers and the insanity induced polka dots.

Colleens_flowersblock

I’ll be making several small simple pieced blocks and then will be finished with my part of the Progressive Challenge.  Everyone’s blocks will be unveiled at our Skrappy Ladies Spring Retreat later this month.  I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with good friends and seeing all of the challenge blocks.

A knitting project was also finished.  The September Woods Socks are now complete.

September-Woods_complete

The final, keeping fingers crossed, stepdown on the Prednisone withdrawal has begun.  The brain is feeling slightly foggy and having a little shortness of breath, hopefully it won’t last long.

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I have been craving fruit and fresh veggies lately.  More than ready for spring and summer and all of the fresh foods that were grown in real soil with lots of sunshine.  At the commissary’s sushi display I spied a tray of fresh Spring Rolls chock full of veggies accompanied by a sweet chili sauce, and it jumped in our cart.  Yummm!!  
Too bad they don’t keep and have to be purchased fresh, or I would have bought more.

Been wanting to cook some stir fries, but all of the bok choy in the stores is limp and unappealing.  I know I could use chinese cabbage, but it’s not quite the same. 
Beets and radishes have been planted in the garden boxes.  Absolutely love sandwiches made with radishes and cream cheese on rye bread.

A lot of time has been spent trying to find a sock pattern that will show off the Mountain Colors Bearfoot yarn in my stash.  The color is Yellowstone.  Three different patterns have been started and frogged, either because the pattern didn’t stand out enough, or the pattern instructions were incomprehensible (at least to my feeble brain).  This morning I found a pattern, Nutkin, that I think will work and will be casting on this evening.  Ravelry users can find the info here.

Just about every day I’ve been working in my den of good intentions.  Have finished two quilt blocks for the Skrappie’s Progressive Challenge.  These are for Colleen, still working on a couple more blocks for her.  She likes florals and pastels, which is usually a challenge for me. But since I’m suffering from spring fever the ideas are just pouring out.

colleens_butterfly

colleens_hearthand

Note:
About the book posted above.  Just started reading it and I’m almost finished.  Will be dashing to the bookstore to purchase the other two in the series.  Thanks Eve, for the recommendation.

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That could have been my theme song yesterday.  I left the house after lunch and didn’t return home till around 6 pm, but I am now officially finished with all Christmas related shopping.  All the presents have been selected along with all the holiday food items needed, to cook for 3 different Christmas dinners. 

We are going over to my Dad’s on Saturday to celebrate with my side of the family.  Steven and Jessica are coming down Sat. also and will stay for the weekend.  Then Kerry, Jason and the boys are coming on Christmas Day.  Oops! Forgot that we are also going over to Bill’s Aunt’s house on Christmas Eve.  Lots of celebrating going on this year.

Today I will finish decorating the tree.  It’s a little bare right now.  I did string the lights and put on the garland, just haven’t hung the ornaments.  I love the tree, once it’s all decorated, just don’t like the decorating part.  Bill suggested that I just drape something over the tree after Christmas this year and put it in the closet until next year.

On the creative front, I have almost finished knitting the front of the Celtic Tote.  Then all that will be left is knitting the sides/bottom panel, assembly, then felting.  Also almost finished with the first of the September Woods socks.  The Drop Scarf – Modified Clapotis has been frogged.  I like the pattern, but wasn’t happy with the solid color yarn. It needs to be knitted using a variegated or subtly striped yarn.

On Monday, I drove to Lawton for the Skrappies Christmas party.  We had a great time visiting, eating and exchanging cookies.  I came home with 10 different varieties of very good home baked holiday cookies, along with the recipes, and a cute little book to store the recipe cards in.  The highlight of the evening was sharing a Christmas tradition of Colleen’s grandmother.  We had peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.  

The presents aren’t wrapping themselves and the junk guest room needs straightening, so guess I better get busy.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, or that whatever holiday you are celebrating is a happy one.  I leave you with this video.  It always makes me smile.

 

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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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Kerry came down for a visit yesterday.  We had planned on going to a mexican restaurant for lunch, but after talking about things we would like to someday do and see, we ended up here.

Pops
Pops, on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops carries a selection of 400+ ice-cold sodas and sparkling waters from around the world.  The food in the restaurant is good, but seating is limited.  So I would recommend visiting in the off hours if you’re in the area.  Of course you can shop the bottled sodas and souvenirs anytime.

Inside Pops - front Inside Pops - back

We had a good time and will definitely visit again.

Just down Rt 66  from Pops, is the historic Round Barn of Arcadia.

roundbarn

The round barn was built in 1898.  It is the only truly “round” barn (most are actually hexagonal or octagonal), the Barn is 60′ in diameter, 45′ in height and is two stories high. The upstairs loft has a wooden floor and an architecturally impressive ceiling. The structure was designed with the notion that being round would help it withstand Oklahoma’s tornadic conditions. Not sure if it is scientifically accurate, but the barn has been standing for almost 110 years.

I’ve been working on various projects but don’t have anything to really show for it.  I do have a progress pic of the September Woods socks.  I’ve turned the heel and now I’m doing the gusset decreases.

September Woods sock

I am hosting the Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, so I better get busy straightening the house and baking pie.

For those that are celebrating, “Happy Thanksgiving.”

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I don’t have anything to blog about.  Just wanted to post a better picture of the stitch pattern in the September Woods socks.  I used my homemade sock stretcher to open up the stitches on the cuff so they can be seen better.

September Woods - pattern detail

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