What Kind of Knitter Am I?

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer. You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.http://marniemaclean.com
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This week's SBQ

This week's SBQ is:

Did you receive any stitching-related gifts for the holidays?

I did! I did! I received a plethora of DMC, some needles, and a tape measure from Vicky during the annual stitch group holiday gathering. Speaking of - here is a quick pic:

And I received a needle felting snowman(!) kit. And The Embroidery Stitch Bible.

I must get busy!

Christmas Wrap Up

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday. My already tight schedule was thrown a looey in the form of a sinus infection - which surfaced on Sat night. As a result, I didn't get any Christmas cards out and I ended up wrapping gifts at the last possible (well almost) minute on Christmas Eve.

I did manage to get to Enchanted with Vicki, Riley and Melia. That was a wonderful movie and we all enjoyed it. Patrick Dempsey is so yummy!

On Christmas Eve Mom, Dad and I went to Vicki's to join them for the Children's Service. That was interesting, restless, noisy and typical. We all agreed that the choir director must've had to use the restroom at the end - we flew through Joy To The World in about 30 seconds to end the service. We enjoyed her family's company and exchanged gifts that night. Vicki sewed a beautiful table runner and pillow to match and then instructed me to get shopping for a new dining room table. It's beautiful, and I hope that I have a beautiful table to display it on sometime soon! BTW - for those following along, Vicki loved her scarf but I did not get a picture of her with it (bad Dobby!).

Christmas Day was spent at my brother's. Nicholas is 16 months, so he doesn't understand that Santa was coming but he did enjoy the many trucks that he received. "Truck" is his favorite word and apparently his favorite thing. So there was a lot of truck playing before he conked out - with unopened gifts waiting. We had pork tenderloin for dinner and our friends Erik, Rachel and Dominic (their 6 month old) joined our family. It was a great day, even though I wanted to lay down and sleep for most of it.

I'm finally feeling better and hoping to enjoy this weekend. Along with the 0 Christmas Cards that were sent, I stitched and knitted on 0 items. I hope to rectify that stat this weekend also!

Christmas Finishes

A grand, festive, Christmas-style happy dance for my beautiful finishes! I have to credit DF Jean with the motivation that I needed to get these out and finally finish them. The stitching on these has been done at least 6 months, but for some reason I couldn't get myself to do the finishing work. Now here they are and just in time for me to enjoy during the holidays.

The first three are from Trail Creek Farm. This one was part of our annual JCS Ornament exchange - I believe this is from 2004.

I fell in love with this one so much that I had to do the others as they came out.

Luckily, I think that the distance of the photo does not permit too close of an inspection of my finishing work. I am definitely not a seamstress, and yes - even buttons are a challenge.

This Jeannette Douglas Needleroll Ornament was part of our 2006 JCS Ornament Exchange in July. I chose it because of the purple, naturally. I have one more finish that I hope to have soon - I gave it to Vicky to finish since it required a circle and is more of a challenge than these. Perhaps I'll have time to stitch something else in the Christmas theme before the actual day arrives.

Extreme Gingerbread Houses

I spent a great day with friends, food (there was a little food that didn't contain sugar) and gingerbread houses! This is a tradition with My StitchGroup and I have been lucky enough to participate the last three years. At the end of every year (this year being no exception), we all decide that we're going to prepare better for next year with lots of ideas and lists and pictures and gingerbread house consultants...and then we show up and fly by the seat of our pants.

I did come with the idea of decorating my house with as much purple as possible. I know, it's a shock. I love the way that my house came out and am enjoying not only the beauty but the wonderful aroma that greets me when I open my door.

The white blob on the left is my cotton candy snowman...which has gone the way of most southern snowmen. It's true that they don't like the heat. Note to self: research proper snowman material and construction for 2008.

It does take a village, and here are some shots of ours:

The Red and White in the front is Debbie G's and on the right is Ramona's Fruit Loop Fantasy.

On the right here is Andy's Country Cottage (with nay a speck of gingerbread showing), next door to Sweet Steepleless Chapel by Debbie B. The chapel sustained some early earthquake damage, but repairs were quickly executed.

Front right is Vicky's Creation and back center is Angela's Sugar Dreamhouse. A good time (and good sugar high) was had by all!

After we were sugared up, we all went out to celebrate Angela and Andy's December birthdays. We had some delicious food at Copeland's.

And....you guessed it! More chocolate and sugar!

December Stress Is On

The Yarn Harlot is both cracking me up and stressing me out. She is zooming ahead of schedule - although I agree that posting about it does call attention to the knitting gods - and I am sitting here wondering when I will ever find time to knit!!

I have already given up hope for Nicholas to have a sweater by Christmas. Fortunately, he does not read the calendar yet so I have that going for me.

If I would just knit 8 rows/night on Vicki's scarf it would be done in no time. Why don't I do it?!!! Last night I got home at 8:00 and had to shove some food in my mouth and do dishes (from Sunday) before 9:00 so that I could watch Heroes. Knitting is not allowed during Heroes - too much attention is required to both and both would just end unhappily.

My tree is up, but it is not decorated. Decorations are at my place, but not up. I have written 0 Christmas cards - haven't even bought stamps!!! I have 3 pillows with stitching complete just waiting to be finished-finished. Now would be the time to do that.

*whine* I want to be enjoying myself!