Reese was 11 months old on Christmas day, and it's hard to believe. It seems just yesterday that she was born and yet I can't remember what it was like with out her. Anyway I've been thinking of all that I've knit for her and how much fun it all was. Mostly how much fun it is seeing her wear everything. So without further ado, here is Reese in a year of hats.
Do you have daughters? My daughters have gotten a little bossy as they've become women. And so they sometimes,a lot of times, tell me what to wear, how to act, how to do my hair...well, you get the picture. So a few Christmases ago, Cherry Pie gave me a present. When I unwrapped it, it was on a hanger and it was red and fuzzy and covered with snowmen. I drew a blank, I honestly had no idea what it was when someone said "oh a Christmas poncho!" I can't even imagine the look on my face but what I was thinking was "OMG NOW I'M GOING TO HAVE TO WEAR THIS IN PUBLIC!!!!!!!" When we laugh about this now, Cherry Pie admits she was going to try to get it on me and take a picture but someone came to my rescue and informed me that it was actually a Christmas tree skirt not a poncho. We've had quite a few laughs over the story and it has been retold every Christmas since then, and other times, too. I do love it as a tree skirt but I'm so glad I never had to wear it. And here it is.
What will always be known in our family as the Christmas Poncho.
I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas, and I hope no one gives you a Christmas poncho.
I liked making the Christmas stocking so much I made three of them. One for Reese, one for Little Sister, and one for her husband Swimming Man. It was comfort knitting, that's a lot like comfort food but not fattening at all.
I've been asked about the pattern by Short Old Lady (go visit her blog, she makes beautiful lacy things) and I've tried to Google it. It's not on Ravelry and I can't find anything at all about the designer. I got it free at my LYS when I bought the yarn (remember it was a long time ago) and the LYS has since been sold.
Anyway, I'll share what I know about it and maybe someone else can find out more. It's really a beautiful stocking and very nice to knit. It's a 24 row repeat but easy to remember where you are and it's knit just like a really big sock.
The pattern is called Holly-Aran Christmas Stocking by Pat Clockedile copyright 1991. It was distributed by A Likely Yarn in Yarmouth Maine. And that's all I know.
I eat while I knit, well actually I snack while I knit. And sometimes I spill things on my knitting. This time it was iced tea. And if you look really closely, you can see the x on the picture. It took a lot of soaking to get it out. And I'm not really sure it is all out. So if anyone knows a cleaner that works on wool, let me know. I'm sure this won't be the last time, I know it wasn't the first.
So, I was in a swap and it was a lot more involved than I thought it would be. We had a blog, and contests with really hard questions. But my team won! And for winning I got these.
It's a sweet little journal and beautiful stitch markers. I've never had nice stitch markers before. I have some of the little plastic ones that come and go in our house. I have no idea where they hide, but they reappear now and then. For the most part, I use paper clips or safety pins or scrap yarn. Now I have pretty ones. I hope they don't hide.
And my swap partner sent me this. I was so excited I could hardly wait to open it.
Inside were all these surprises. Thanks so much justajenjen! I love it all.
Have I ever told you that Mr. Truck likes to vacuum? He really does. And I encourage him. We have quite a collection of vacuum cleaners. Aren't they called Hoovers in England? Anyway, this is the one that I use the most. His name is Francois. You push his on button and off he goes and when he's done, he docks himself. He doesn't vaccuum as well as one you push yourself but he's pretty good. He also makes some funny noises to let you know what he's up to. Our cat Penelope used to turn him on in the night. Poor kitty is in kitty heaven now and Phantom is really afraid of Francois.
This is the upright that Mr. Truck uses on the rugs. We have two rugs so I'm not sure why exactly we need this one.
This one is very convenient because it has a really really long cord. You can do the whole house and never unplug it.
Mr. Truck uses this hand held one for the furniture and the stairs. Oh yes, and Duffy, too. Duffy loves to be vacuumed. Dunkin hides from the vacuum.
We actually have a shop vac, too but that's in the garage and it's cold out there so no picture. That makes five vacuums. Have I mentioned that Mr. Truck likes to vacuum?