We survived the storm and losing our power for thirty-two hours. Had to spend a few days catching up on things like doing the long-overdue laundry, throwing out spoiled food from the fridge, and restocking. Then we could return to previously scheduled Christmas.
We got our tree up and decorated. We could probably have found a free tree lying around on the ground this year, but we had already bought one before the storm.
I have my assorted elannite ornaments on the tree.
I'm finishing up some Christmas knitting. I had to make a second one of these orange hats out of the Katia Mexico because my intended recipient has a fat head. I mean a larger head than anticipated.
I'm making my dad a ribbed hat from a rusty-red colourway of elann's Super Tweed. This will match the rusty red scarf I made him last year. Note iPod full of Christmas tunes to put me into the holiday knitting mood.
We're busy making holiday goodies. This is an easy family favorite called Haystacks. It looks kind of plain here, but broken into chunks and put in colourful holiday bags with ribbons, they look grand. And taste better.
In a bowl, combine:
2 cups small pretzels (the crossed legs kind)
1 1/2 cups raisins (I like sunmaid)
1 cup chow mein noodles
1 cup salted blanched peanuts
Melt: 18 oz. white dipping chocolate over hot water, stir quickly over pieces until all coated, and quickly pour/spread on wax paper or parchment. When cooled/set, break up into pieces and store in airtight container. This one is perfect for people who like that sweet and salty combination.
Up until the storm and all the Christmas bustle, I was working on my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Sweater from Yarnplay. I hit a point where I realized I had made a dumb error and had to rip back all the way to the ribbing.
Yikes! Said Peppo, I can't bear to look...
But I've got the sweater back to where you divide for shaping the front/back armholes, and I'm working my way up the back.
Phew! That's much better.
A really cool thing happened on the way to making this sweater. The author of Yarnplay, Lisa Shobhana Mason, found my blog and sweater-in-progress and asked to post it on her Yarnplay blog.
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