First off – so many thanks to those of you who bought a mug cozy pattern to support Sam of Bumble Bee Fiber Farm’s insulin pump. You blog readers and knitters are amazing people.
I am sort of amazed that I DID get everything made last week that had to be made. Christmas cards and presents were delivered on Saturday, hat order was delivered on time, though damp. 🙂 I realized I would see the coworker who had ordered it the day after I finished knitting it, so I soaked it and blocked it and delivered it to her in a towel. I figured it could dry at her house as well as at mine, and then she would have it all ready to ship when it suited her.
The carol sing was so much fun – very different this year – the weather had an impact, but not the one we expected! Snow was predicted (and arrived exactly when they said it would) so there was talk of postponing the event. But the farthest flung among us were willing to come, so they did. The family that lives closer (maybe an hour and a half to three hours away) decided not to come, as they could not stay over night, and would thus be driving home in a snow storm in the dark. So the folks from Connecticut and Vermont got on the road early, ahead of the storm, and the folks from south of Boston came half way the night before. And the folks from North Carolina came a few days before.
It was very nice to have a smaller than usual crowd, for visiting purposes, but when it came to singing we quickly realized that we had a sorrowful lack of high voices. Luckily, Cousin C brought her flute, and when those high notes came, she played them beautifully. And if it sounded like the page in Good King Wenceslas had a bit of a cold, well, maybe he did. 🙂
Mom will host another similar gathering on our alternate snow date, December 30, and while the far away relatives likely won’t come, I think it will be fun to hear how the music sounds with all the high voices and not so many low ones.
The other piece that turned out oddly was that the three lovely ladies who did not come were bringing the lunch entrees to our potluck gathering. So the food was snacks and desserts, and we did just fine with that!
Driving home in the snow in the dark was truly not fun, and I completely understand why people opted not to do that, but I am glad that I did it, and that all who travelled made it home safely.
Sunday I played “middle man”, and connected a woman I know who is moving into a new home following a divorce with a friend who is going to be downsizing. We used A’s truck to move lots of chairs into a new house that needed them, from an comfortable place that didn’t need them any more. So nice to have a truck when it is needed! Don’t let on to A that I said that, though.
So now my crafting feels less frenetic, though there is still lots to do. The cards that seem such a simple design take a long time to piece together – I will have to work on them every evening. Last night I finished all the parts for 7 cards, and part of 7 more. A is picking up some more red paper – I seriously did not have enough – duh! And I expect to finish this batch of 14 by tomorrow night. Slow going! But if I keep doing batches of them each evening, then I think I can make it.
Knitting right now is the test knit hat, which should get done today or maybe tonight – I am on the decreases.
I went down a needle size, but it still feels huge – I will measure it and get the glamor shots for the designer when it is done, but then I think I will rip it out and knit the medium size. The yarn is too nice to make into a hat that I can’t wear! And I do like the pattern – it is simple yet not boring.
The leg warmers. Well, I got the yarn out and caked, and I wrote to my sister to ask for some measurements, but nothing back yet. If she doesn’t answer by the time I finish the hat, I will wing it. I think I can make it by Christmas if I want to.
This cold dreary snowy rainy weather is making me want to curl up in front of the fire and knit, but that doesn’t seem to be possible. Still haven’t won the lottery. Have to head to work. I will catch up with you later!