Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

What a wonderful Christmas we had. For the first time in a number of years I was off work on the actual day. As a nurse, working holidays and weekends is part of the deal. Since the extended family gathers in the Midwest for New Year's, and since my wonderful Husband and Offspring are flexible about what day we designate as Christmas, I usually end up with the tiny ones on Dec 25. This year, however, it just worked out for me to be off. And I was more organized than usual, so the shopping was all done (mostly online--and almost everything arrived), the tree was up, packages wrapped, and I was amazed. In years past, I "lost" the stocking gifts, and struggled with the last bits of clutter, adding to more unnecessary stress. This year I wrapped the stocking stuffers in a package under the tree (and remembered to mark it so I could find it) and wrapped the last bit of can't figure out what to do with it" in a box marked "Do not open-ever". Of course, I'll deal with it-- probably after the tree  comes down.

Among the presents were a beer-making kit for The Son, a picnic/tailgate wine and cheese thing for The Husband, and finally, the DNA helix scarf for The Daughter. It was done, but not "finished"-- in a package without ends weavednin, and un-blocked. That was today's project.
Ends weaved in
Into its bath (note to self: Madelinetosh Vintage bleeds. A lot!

Then blocking. I love my "blocking board" which I picked up at an after-Christmas sale for $4 a few years ago.

Right side-a Sponge Bob tic-tac-toe game. Flip side-a blocking board for a fraction of what the knitting pro shops and websites charge.

So- done for now. Can't wait to see it when it's all dry.

Now to work on completing the bunting.