Thursday, November 27, 2008

Preparing the Feast

Well, I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year (big sigh of relief). Even so, there was a lot to prepare and bring.

Emily, Uncle Bill and I met up for a marathon shopping trip and then a marathon cook out in my kitchen on Wednesday.
Emily worked tirelessly away at a fancy Martha Stewart 'Ya-wonder-it-works' cake. You know the type. You spend $20 - $40 bucks on the ingredients, then you slave away on the various parts. If it turns out -- you feel great. If it flops -- you die because you spent so much on the ingredients.

Uncle Bill made two absolutely fabulous cranberry relishes. The first one was a fabulous creamy confection the lady on NPR always talks about (what's the name?). The second one was his own creation with cranberries, orange, ginger and a little bit of sugar. I tell you, they both are smashing!
I worked on Corn Bread Sausage Stuffing, a Honey Pecan Chocolate Tart and a Blue Cheese, Pecan & Bacon cheese spread that goes on Endives.

We were absolutely drained at the end. Uncle Bill sat down with a glass of port, Em made herself a rum & coke and I (due to my chronic headaches) went for a virgin cup of tea. Nothing like a good cuppa.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Emma Jacket

You asked for it, you now can have it. I have finally finished and printed (or for those of you far away, posted online) The Emma Jacket.

I have two versions in the pattern, a cropped version and an hip-length version. You can also make the flared sleeves 3/4 length or short (elbow length). There is a lot of versatility to this pattern.

I have three of these now and I wear them ALL the time. This little jacket really completes an outfit. I fully intend to make more for myself.

You can see all the specs here.

You can buy the pattern online through Ravelry or at Stitches & Scones. If you are local I would encourage you to support our wonderful LYS and buy the pattern from Stitches & Scones. Besides, you can use your 10% off bag discount at the shop!

Happy Knitting Everyone!

Knitting Away....

Yes, I do knit during any spare moment. Why? I have a lot of Christmas presents to get done.

JK took this picture of me while I was waiting for him to get ready to run errands with me two Saturdays ago.

I know, I look funny. But, at least I use my time wisely!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mr. Rabbit's Dinner Party

My mom and dad had the whole family over for Sunday Dinner yesterday. It was fun to be all together at mom's house again.

As usual, mom was really creative in her table decorations and yummy food. The theme was, "Mr. Rabbit's Dinner Party." Mr. Rabbit had a prominent place on the buffet table, close to the steaming pot of stew.
We all still fit at the table -- well, the adults do. The little ones had their own special tables close by.
JK and I miraculously arrived before anyone -- we're usually late -- so we snuck a pre-dinner cup of tea and I worked on my knitting. I have been swamped with Christmas knitting, sample knitting and finishing work.
Right before dinner, my sister Heather gathered her kids (and husband) for a Christmas picture.
Aren't they sweet?

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!
Happy Knitting and good luck on any Christmas knitting!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The 2008 Vote

So, my big plan was: get up early and be in line to vote by 6 AM. I mean, how many people will be there that early?

As soon as JK and I pulled out of our neighborhood and saw the cars lined up on Lafayette Road by the fire station, I knew I was wrong. It wasn't even 6 AM and there was a line out the door and into the parking lot.

"Thank goodness we don't vote there." I said. Ha! I wish. We drove up to our polling station and our jaws dropped. The line was out the door, down the side walk and AROUND the building. JK and I guessed (conservatively) that there were 200 people in line. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I have never seen anything like it.

It took us an hour to vote. While we were in line we laughed with another couple about the hilarious episodes of Saturday Night Live that they reran last night -- did anyone else watch it? I thought it was great for relieving all the tension and intensity that has build up in the last two years.

Once we voted, JK and I drove to our local Starbucks with our "I vote, I count" stickers and received free tall coffees. I noticed with amusement that the Christmas cups were out. It just seem to add to the festive air of the day!

So, lesson of the day: Vote. If you don't you'll always regret it. Bring your knitting -- you'll need it. A sock is the perfect thing to work on in line. I didn't bring mine because I didn't want to embarass my husband. And last but not least, go get your free Starbucks coffee after you vote!

Cheers! Happy Voting!