Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hi is one week before Christmas.....are you ready?  I think I can officially say that I am.  I ordered what I think is the absolute last present this morning and it should be here on Wednesday!  I have just about everything wrapped and under the tree.....Darlene and I should be having our gift exchange some time this week and I have the gift exchange with the knitting girls at lunch I think I can finally take a breath and relax (not that I was not relaxing before....LOL!)!

So what I have I been up to.....well, not much.  I did re-block my dad's cardigan.  I was a little worried that the mid section was going to be a little snug, so I reblocked and I am SOOOOOO glad I did.  I put it on this morning and I think it will fit my dad perfectly!  Thank you to Darlene for putting the buttons on for me!


I also put heels in on Paige's socks......she loved seeing me working on them this past weekend......sometimes she likes an ankle sock, but lately she likes about a 5" - 6" leg so she can put the socks over skinny jeans or jeggings or leggings or whatever they are calling them these I guess I have about 5 more inches on each side.  If I do a black cuff, then I might be able to get a 2nd pair of socks out of this yarn.....we will see.

Lastly, I started something new....Yeah, I know....I needed to start something new like a need a hole in my head....I guess it was silly really......I had a weird feeling that I wanted to do some lace....and beads (I know....would the real Carrie please stand up).  Well, a friend of mine on ravelry does and advent calendar stole pattern (2016 was her first year).  A couple of my other friends are doing it and I thought, "Carrie, if you don't do it now, you won't do it!"  So, while I know I cannot catch up with all the clues (clues come out every 2 days), I think I can catch up to finish by the end of I started it.....will I finish it?  I hope so, but I am not really sure!  This yarn is yarn I was going to make my Yoga Shawl with, but frogged the Yoga Shawl because I am making the Knotted Chain Poncho....anyway, the most accurate color is the first one....kinda washed out dark grey.

That is it....see, I feel like I have a lot less when a lace project is in takes me longer.  I did work on my Portage Cardigan during lunches, but hardly enough progress was made to warrant another picture.
I also spent some of my time cooking/baking.  Okay, I did not really cook, but more prepare food for a crock pot.  I found a new crock pot recipe for a pot roast on pinterest and this recipe actually said to cook in crock pot for 9 hours.....I have problems finding recipes that say to stay in the crock pot for so long.  I have an older crock pot and no timer and I am gone all day (over 9 hours) so recipes that would say to cook for 6 hours or 4 hours would always over cook for me.....but this one came out nice...Jaime and I really enjoyed it.

I also baked cookies.....okay, get up off the floor....I got a new fidget spinner shaped cookie cutter for Antonio and tried a shortbread cookie recipe....I liked it, but I could not get the cookies thin enough.  I wanted to do a double layer cookie with raspberry preserves in between, but they would have been an inch, so singles they were.

Then I even make some icing and let Antonio paint/decorate some cookies.

Well, that is really all I have.....I did capture a couple more great sunrises this past week at my office......

And of course I have to share a cute picture of Antonio with Precious!

Have a great week everyone....and Merry Christmas. 
I have shared this before, but always seem right to share just before Christmas.

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

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