Sunday, December 31, 2006

Christmas Knitting!

This is our gingerbread house. Lovely little abode, eh? Notice the little people on the front?

Jay, Andrew, Daisy (their new puppy) and Simon. It's really cool to see my own son playing with the younger kids and being sweet and wonderful about it. Warms the heart.

My dad and mom with their new scarves. You can see that Dad is wearing the hat I made him for his birthday, too - they are of the same yarn. Yes, they love their gifts! The moebious scarf is so long, Dad was getting creative in putting it on - looping it all around his body. I have decided not to share those pictures. :-\

A closeup of Mom's scarf. The yarn is exquisite, and Jan at the Merc found me the absolute perfect garment for it. It turned out perfect (well, except for a few well-placed mistakes so that we all remember that I am not perfect like God . . . or something).

Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas, part 1

A few pictures from the present orgy of the morning with my in-laws. No pictures of them, or of me, as we were still in jammies and . . . well . . . to put it kindly, my FIL's hair was stupendous. ;-)

Mike was often honored to play matress for Sunshine, a very old kitty. She's frail now, and doesn't move well, but she does love body heat, and Mike is gifted that way.

These are the socks (and the feet) of FIL and MIL. They fit perfectly - yay - and they both seem to like them! I just hope they actually wear them and don't "save them for good".

My parents are joining us this afternoon, so I should have a few more pics later today or tomorrow.


I don't have any pictures to update you with yet, but I just had to come back and tell you how lovely my staff at work have been! They've all been talking about how great it was, all the work I put into their gifts and how each thing I made was just perfect for the recipient - each one unique and all that. Yay! I should have known they'd come through and be wonderful - that's why I made them all nice things, afterall! Now I just need to get them to all wear their new gifts so I can take pictures!

On the needles now: another hat for another friend, that summer tank top I started for myself ages ago, the second of my final pair of sock war socks (yes, I still have to finish that darn thing and no, I never did receive a pair of socks from the stoopid war).

Soon to be on the needles: hubby's sweater (gasp! a full-size sweater!), a baby gift for a friend

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gift Giving

I finished all of the presents I made for my staff: 2 scarves, 3 tiny sock ornaments, 12 hats. I went in to work today (I've been off all week) for the party (just a potluck in the break room) and delivered them. A few people were very touched by the time it took, etc. A couple just sort of brushed it off (it seemed) and the rest hadn't opened them by the time I left. Makes me wonder: what do they think, really? Are they expecting presents from me, the "boss" of the branch? I never expect gifts from my own supervisor. Sometimes all of the administrators will go together and make a donation in our honor to the Literacy Council or something, which is very nice. I've not received a gift from my staff for a few years now. Maybe I should just stick to family and just give out cards at work. I was just feeling - I don't know - generous. I wanted to do something nice for each of them. There is a little, tiny bit of me that feels like they don't appreciate me . . .but I am trying to drown that out with feelings of being giving and happy and generous and how nice that feeling can be.

Ah well - I didn't get any pics, since the big pile on the bed pic. Maybe some other day I'll ask them all to wear their stuff and take a group pic. Maybe not.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

First, I must brag about my beautiful TG pie. Dod you see the little leaves and flowers I put around the edge of the crust?

Here is the pile of hats for my staff. I'm up to 9 and #10 is on the needles. I have a few washclothes, too, but I'm afraid I might not have enough "boy" things, so I'm going to work on that now. #10 is a boy hat, I think, and really, now that I'm looking, it's pretty evenly divided. One person on my staff just asked me yesterday if I could make her one of the little mini socks . . . so after this hat I think I'll make some of those as ornaments and offer those to ppl who wouldn't like a hat. What do you all think?

I'm starting to knit according to deadlines. #1 Finish staff stuff first. #2 Finish Christmas stuff for my family, who'll be opening gifts on Dec. 24-25. #3 Finish gifts for my in-laws who we'll visit on New Year's weekend. #4 Finish gifts for other friends who'll have to wait til January. I must resist knitting for myself! OMG - I almost forgot my dad's birthday next weekend. New hat!!!!!! (Mom, keep the secret, please!)