Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Designing

There is a great deal of frost outside on the grounds, a lovely misty cloud hangs all round me.  Pete (the neighbor) is building yet another structure and I can hear the crew through the double pained windows pounding out a beat.   My trees are all bare and ready for their long winters nap... which is relatively short seeing as we are in the mountains in So. Cal.  :-)

Not sure exactly what it is about designing but I have loved it my entire life.  Everything from drawing to sewing to landscape architecture.  In college I took a life placement type test which showed that was to be my forte'.  Never delved into it but the design aspect is still there not to mention the fact that I did the point and plant for the family to put in most of our trees and roses.  I used to love taking up fabric without a pattern and making it into quilts and aprons.  I love to design PERIOD! 

That said, it should come as no surprise that with the New Year upon me you find me surrounded by all my inspiring items and ready to dig into two new knit patterns!!!  When I sewed a great deal, it never failed to amaze me that a bolt of fabric turned into a lovely ruffled apron.  Or that I could draw something on paper, make up a pattern for it and I would have a lovely head covering.  I can "see" the item in the materials long before it comes to life.  My materials will SCREAM to be heard and will not be satiated until all is said and done.  Only then, with the finished product, are my hands and my mind,,,, happy.

So once again I'm surrounded by all the items that indulge my creativity, my notes, beads, needles, hand spun yarn, silk, rayon, buttons, stitch dictionaries and stitch markers.  All at the ready for the items in my head.  There are two of them bouncing around DYING to be set free!  Both are under a deadline... I need to have sketches and swatches all ready by the end of January.  I thought that with my surgery and Christmas that I'd never have time to crank on them but crank I will.... and today is the day.  I'm back on my bed able to close the door should the natives get restless... my Boo at my side warming my thigh.  It's a good day to be alive.

Well, before it gets too far away from me, let me just recap our Holidays for you.  We are all spread out from one coast to the other.  I enjoy my BestF's company more then most people so she's got an open invitation to my home day or night.  It was just my very immediate family who were invited in for the party on the 23rd.  Our eldest, my BF and her Clan of four, both our Moms and MIL's spouse for a total of 13. 

As you all know I went into the party with the surgery hanging over me.  Even though it was outpatient it was still considered major surgery, I was out and they hauled the dead gall bladder out (what a story that was! It was so engorged he had to siphon some off!!!).    In a few words, I was hurting!  DH gave strict instructions that I wasn't to lift a finger and I wholeheartedly agreed with him, so I enjoyed my guests.

DD and DS had a list of what to put into the oven when and the ingredients that needed to be in which pot.  Somehow they pulled it off, turkey, ham and all the fixings down through two home made pumpkin pies.  My BF was put on gravy boat duty which included making the nummy stuff.  My eldest was put in charge of DaBird! He got it into the oven and FIL carved it up.  I'm not sure who did the ham but the pineapples were run through with the cloves and it was done to a turn.  Everything was wonderful and as we all know, many hands make light work. 

DH had bought me some lovely poinsettia plates that went with the napkins that DD had run up.  The plates are red poinsettias and the napkins are white ones on a black and green background.  It was all so very pretty.  Mom had bought some real "silver" ware at a garage sale and DD had cleaned it up really well.  She wanted to use all the good crystal and silver... it's a higgety piggety bit of stuff but she enjoys it. BF had brought a table that sat 6 and somehow we all manage to sit together.  After dinner there was a work duty and I kept hearing,,, "There's more!"  HAHA (love ya babe!! sorry there was so much work to do).

After an hour or so the children were itching for desert.  LOL at least SHANE was!  HAHA he was pinning for it.  My only requirement was that he make up a big punch bowl of hand made eggnog.  I tell you... it's nothing like the canned stuff and if you haven't had it... try it!  The boys were occupied with some sort of hand held device and yet they were let loose on the eggnog... can you imagine what the first result was?  All they had to do was whip cream... I have a Kitchen Aide and they were at the table... YUP BUTTER!  HAHA but it was fun!  They made butter from the first of the cream!  What a riot, it was so fun seeing their faces.  Yes, you walked away from the cream... something one never does.  Unlike the watched pot that never boils... this stuff will go from whip to butter in a hot minute.  We saved it of course and are using it up... nothing like butter you make yourself.  The second attempt was much more successful and the resulting eggnog supreme!  I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all.

Speaking of which, fast forward to the end of the day on the 25th.  The children were talking over the past few days and everyone agreed that it was the best time we'd ever had.  They agreed that the presents had nothing to do with it but that they'd just had so much fun with all of the people and doings that they'd never had as good a time.  I have to agree with them.  Even though I was in severe pain (had to clutch my guts to keep them from falling out every time I got up) I wouldn't have changed a thing.  Mom started to cry when she opened her last gift from us... isn't that precious!  I love you Mom!

Fast forward to the evening of the 26th... my mother hugged me good by after her little vacation with us and she said that she'd never had such a good time either!  WOW what a happy little family unit.  I think that's the best praise, remark, whatever that anyone can give... that they had the best time.

Off to designing oooooooo how I enjoy this stuff!  This is going to be a GREAT day!  I only hope you are having half as good a time.  "God Bless us Everyone"!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Party

Hi Kiddies, I hope you are all doing REALLY well today.

For Christmas we are have a few family members over and we have been having fun getting ready.  The children did a bang up job on the house decorations and I ADORE all the lights.

KNIT SIBS!!!  I MADE IT!  I am on the very last item and I'm almost to the end of the ball.  It's the 2up socks,,, I figure when I'm outta yarn,,, I'm done.... not till then.  Oh I have a photo of squishy finally for you.
Squishy was a bright rainbow yarn that I would never have used (too much orange) so I added the dark purple and deeper green which both now read black.  The reason it's called Squishy is that I have a snail in my tank on Happy Aqua that I adore who's these exact colors.  I can't figure out how to get the photo up here but it's on my FaceBook photos, Happy Aqua,,, 3rd from the left.  Squishy is front and center at the top.  He's adorable and I now wear him daily.  You can't see it but there's a shawl collar and I put something like a short scarf on it.  The scarf twirled and I use it as a tie to keep it all snuggled up.

Ya'll know how much I LOVE to dye right?  WELL!  I found the base for Dream in Color STARRY!!!!!  as if that's not enough I found the base for Sanguin Gryphons Bugga!!!!  LOL I have a bunch coming in as well as a dozen skeins of a lovely 2 ply merino lace in 1300 yards, FINALLY!  I have looked high and low for something in between 880 and 1760 so this is GREAT to have access to.  In the spring I'm looking forward to buying some like Starry but the thread is GOLD instead!  What fun! The gal does wholesale and was trying to convince me to get into the dye biz.  LOL been there done that... couldn't handle the masses... but I adore dyeing in small amounts.  Like for books! 

Yes books!!!!  I'm getting published soon here and I can't wait! I hope ya'll are going to buy my book.  Like it's all "my" doing right HAHA! Don't forget to get your  Gift Tags  I have been writing up washing instructions for my hand knits and I'm going to use a safety pin to attach it to the items.  Hopefully there wont be any felting this year.  :-)  Ya know... if you hole punched the corner and then tied them with a ribbon it would be really smashing too.

We planted amarylis and paper whites this year.  The one Mom got for me has 3 flowers on the main stalk and then another bud coming up too!  LOVE IT!  The children used an old metal bin to plant the other one and they planted the paper white around it.  Get this!... I used to water the sheep in this bin HAHA, it's pretty big, they added garlands and it's really cute.  The poinsettia are still holding their own and I'm glad we got them.  They are all such cheery flowers.

What with the party being only 2 days away and some of the gifts still being in transit I'm getting a little bit antsy.  UGH!!   The only thing I regret is that I tried to buy dishes and the order was canceled.  Here's the menu for you.  :-)

Christmas Party Menu

Appetizers
Carrot Sticks, Celery sticks, dip and all those goodies
Roast Chestnuts!!!!
Beef Stick, crackers and cheeses
Brach's ribbon candy

Main Course
Turkey
Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Stuffing
Sweet potato casserole
Broccoli
Pearl onions and peas
Cranberry Sauce
Kings Hawaiian rolls
Waldorf Salad

Desert
Christmas pudding & and clotted cream
Walkers shortbread
Petit fours
Walkers Strathspey Rich Fruit Cake and Devon cream
Cheesecake
Fresh pumpkin pie

Beverages
Home made Eggnog sans alcohol
Pineapple fizz ala DD
Hot mulled cider
Martinellis

So all of this is for a small family party of 13 on the 23rd.  Then on Christmas we prepare breakfast in advance and do this casserole every year.  It's just popped into the oven with the rolls which are a new addition... and NO we don't eat like this all the time.  This is a very rare treat which is why ya'll are getting a menu! :-)

McDonnells Christmas Morning Feast
All prepared in advance

Cinnamon Rolls Homemade with sweet dough and raisens in half only!  LOL
My’s Breakfast Casserole YUM

Coffee & Tea
Hot Mexican chocolate with whip and and choc sprinkles and nutmeg

WHAT FUN!  I only hope and pray that I'm physically able to do all this as my lungs are pooping out on me.  I'm on antibiotics but 10 years ago after anesthesia I had a collapsed lung and Pneumonia... my body is not happy with me but I'm so NOT spending the Holidays in the hospital so don't worry, I will keep working on them.

 A snap of our tree from my chair.

It's a lame photo ok, I took it during the day so you can't see the lights on the swags at the top of the drapes and bookcase but they are there.

OOOOOOOOOOO I can't believe this is coming in here at the very last BUT I have to tell you what DD did for lunch.  I am so blessed.  I keep saying that... it's backwards... my children are supposed to rise up and call me blessed but we are all totaly backwards here anyway.  So today DD yell's out... Mom you want tacquitos for lunch?  I am always happy to eat whatever she wants to make as it's my sole meal of the day.  Since she know's that she normally tries to make it good.  I hate that she's got to wait on me so I don't like to ask for additions... or anything special... normally I will ask for something simple and quick like fresh fruits and veggies which is how my stomach likes me to eat.   Not today!  Today she went overboard and I LOVED IT!!!
Can you believe this!  Front center is a taco salad, left we have a can of kidney beans she mashed and seasoned then coated with cheese and scallions.  Finally we get the tacquitos and fresh pico de gallo.  I tell you I AM THE MOST BLESSED of mothers!  I LOVE MY CHILDREN!  So then DS decided to get in on the action and we got fresh cranberry muffins.  MY FAVORITE!  YUM I love my children.

This is really long but I HAVE to tell you what happened.  My beloved Connie (talked about her before remember) teaches Sunday School for the little ones at church.  WELL!  She had them each draw me a picture and sent it as a get well card.  I have never had one so touching.

It made me cry! LIKE A BABY! but cry I did.  I was so overwhelmed.  I'm still trying to understand why?... was it the golden haired girl in the bed?...  Or perhaps it was the Auntie Wendy?  I dunno but I love these children.  As if that's not enough... on Sunday I got a call from the class!  They all sang to me!  So sweet and adorable and then they each said their names so that I knew who it was who'd called.  How cool is that!  I wanted to answer it but I also wanted to keep the recording... so I didn't pick up... if only I could figure out how to get it off of the machine now. :-)

This is really long so I'm going to close now.  I hope you all have a blessed Christmas, enjoy your family in the Lord and treasure each day you wake up.  God's Blessings on you all.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Recover Process

Ok so how much is TMI?  I know you don't want to hear all the gore so I will skip that.  How about that I look 9 months PG and before I went in I had a waist?  That I'd lost 6 pounds in the week prior even though I just sit about being a pretty "in-valid" all day and night?  >blink<  >blink>  ;-)  Somehow my butterfly in the button (belly button that is) wants outta here.  I had to clean up a mess today as I'm coughing up the stuff that wants to re-collapse my lung again.  So I'm working really hard trying to keep that puppy open as I so DO NOT want to spend my Christmas in the hospital!  NO NOT GOING TO HAPPEN (Please Lord!)  Been taking my temperature as on day three last time I woke to 109 and the collapsed lung (in 2000).  So... this is why all the gore today... you should see me trying to hug all of them in (4 wounds) and suck this little ball up the tube... HYSTERICAL!  I probably should have someone at least listen to my lungs tomorrow as they are cruuudyy!!  No... they will want to give me steroids WHOOHOO!  Can you just see it?  I can't sleep now... WOWSERS I'd be hanging upside down knitting a cover drape for the ceiling and you'd have to scrap me off of it!  HAHA Anywhooo  don't stop praying... we aren't out of the woods yet.

My children have been wonderful through all of this, as usual.  They have been quiet so I could get a bit of a nap since I didn't sleep at all last night due to the meds all keep me awake.  Today I didn't need too many and I'm doing good pain wise.  They are GREAT children.  They are picking up the house for the cleaning lady who comes in tomorrow.  I can't clean and Kev's never home, children are always schooling or cooking or doing laundry you get the drill.  DD made this nummy egg thing with sausage and smoked Gouda... right up my alley and the first solid in two days.  BUT OUCH once it got down in there.  I can feeeel it... it's over by the liver trying to get past and man is that thing telling me so!  LOL So they are making me a Turkey Frame soup with all organic goodness and root veggies.  I asked DD to chop it all fine and cook it all down good and smoothe as my throats not liking any of this either.  Then she's going to make me my Aarti Party Earl Grey Kulfi Pops that I ADORE!  I can't think of anything more appetizing then those two items right now.  No chewing,,, soft on the raw throat and nothing to block up behind that liver OUCH!  HAHA

OK ENOUGH!!

Here's the flip side.  I get to play a ton with my gamer friends... really enjoying that as there was so much to do to prepare for this "real" down time.  I had that two day photo shoot which literally drained me.  

I went to see my lovely daughter sing her first mostly solo since her duet friend got a cold.  Here they are before taking off to the dinner.  I had to opt out as it was just too much to sit through the entire program.  I went for the good stuff.  Singing and DESERT!  :-)

Prior to her singing she needed a quick A-line black skirt whipped out.  I just happened to have a lovely bolt of Crepe De Chine in black so that didn't take any time at all and it was so much nicer then the cotton one that she couldn't walk in.  She's got some long legs, already!! she's almost taller then me!  My Dear, DEAR sweet Connie stood up to sing with her and helped her over the rough spots bless her heart!  Love me that girl!  If you have ever known a living saint here's one!  
 BUT I WENT OUT!  For the first time in 2 years...  I went OUT for a social occasion it was nice even if I had to only get to half of it.  I got the best half!   Look I have proof... see me out!  Run Spot Run! HAHA
 Here we are - the three generations of girls.

Of course a flaming red face ... but she loves to sing so more power to her!  See that wee bit of black velvet chocker on her neck?  It's a special little silver elephant covered in what's probably red and white crystals.  I've had it since I was a small child and she wanted to wear it with a little rhinestone heart broach at her neck.  The scarf was made by a friend and we've had it for years.  Bet she never thought they'd get so much use but DD finds a use for so many items!

Here you can see Connie helping her out.  So thankful for my dear sweet sister. 


 
 The trio after all's said and done... relief I'm sure all the way round.

Back to my rambles...I also got 2 PJ's sewn up and a Swiffer cover made for the Cleaning woman coming tomorrow to see if she'd rather purchase towels and have me make some.  I don't think I want to though cause well, "I'm in-valid" don'cha know.  Actually I just really don't like sewing much any more.  Special occasions, quilts and needs are fine, sewing on my old Singers are great... but must needs are something else.  Oh and get this... the maid is the daughter of James P. Hogan for all you Sci Fi freaks out there.  :-)  Cool beans eh?  I bought all his books and have reading material for a good time yet to come.

KNIT SIBS.....
Also have a pair of neat gloves OTN for Shane.  I told you right?  I'm doing black brown, brown grey and beige,,, 6 rows of each... they are sock yarn.  I started at the cuff and I'm half way through the thumb they will be fingerless convertible to mitts.  I need to work on them and get them done tonight if I can't sleep so that I "can" work on them as he's always lurking some place close by.  Then there are the other one, (those ones I can't talk about) I haven't been able to work on them, need them done by the 23rd so I really have to get cranking.  Oh and DD just brought me two balls of WW for 2 more pair of quick gloves for my BFriend's girls.  I got the youngest earlier in the month.  She's getting a Facinator as she LIVES In headbands.  I crocheted some flowers onto a headband and it's so cute.  Gee, I really OWE ya'll a ton of photos. After all of that I'm done.  The hard thing is it's all got to be done by the 23 so I really need to get knitting like the wind Bullseye (Toy Story reference).  Why the 23rd?  We are having a party!  It will include our eldest from LA, Mom who's getting picked up on the 22nd and staying for a time.  Kev's Mom and her DH. My BF and her 4 children!  How many's that make?  We are having a ham and a turkey for sure.  The rest is still up in the air but will settle as I do.

Oooooooooooo almost forgot but saved the bestest for lastest!  LOL I found this great place that sells nothing but undyed yarn.  Ya'll KNOW how much I love to dye.  Recently I'd gotten my hands on a skein of Dream in Color Starry... well I FOUND THE BASE!!!!  I bought 10 skeins!  Are you drooling!  Then I found a lovely 2 ply merino lace put up in 1330 yard which I have been looking for for YEARS so I bought 10 skeins of that!  I have long had 880 and 1760 but really wanted something between that was a NICE soft yarn.  So are you drooling now?!!?!  You will be soon cause then I found the base for BUGGA by Sanguine Gryphon!   Now you ARE drooling.  For the few peeps out there who don't know it's a cash/merino/nylon yarn that's all the rage.   AHHHHH I love that I can dye all these up to my own needs now.  I mean I could before but now I have some real stash power!  :-)  HAHA ok so I'm nuts!  I'm also chair bound and in the sticks so shopping off line doesn't happen.  Sigh, the simple things in life are what thrill me right?  So easy to please.  Turkey Frame Soup, Aarti Parti's Earl Grey Kulfi Pops and YARN!  What could be better!  Nothing in these eyes but my perhaps seeing my waist line again might just thrill me!  :-) 

Well, this is getting too long the photo couldn't wait any longer as they are backing up, I still owe you cardis... they will have to wait till next time.  Sorry peeps... only so much time in the day and I don't want to take up ALL your time after all!             Ya'll have a great night, see ya in the funny pages! Or online!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Post Op

Well, Kiddies I'm home, PRAISE THE LORD!   Ya know, there's always a chance that you might not come up from being put under.  I figure I had enough peeps praying for me that it didn't matter, I can't thank you enough.
There are 4 holes but the one below my sternum which hurts the worst as they had to go through the muscle there and it's stitched up.  The doctor said that there were gravel like rocks in my gallbladder, no make that gizzard!  That there was white muck around it from bile that had leaked out.  Also that this had been a chronic problem as the gallbladder was DEAD which is what has been causing me all this pain.  The thing was the size of a goose egg!!! (should be more the size of a guinea hen egg!!!) and there was scar tissue all around it.  BUT my stomach is looking 6 months PG from all the gas UGH this is going to KILL to get out since I can't walk.  I'm taking ALL my meds and ON schedule.

Since this thing was SO VERY messed up I surely hope that this is something which will resolve a few thing.  Wouldn't that be wonderful if somehow this allowed me to walk again!  Wouldn't that be wonderful.  Well, just wanted to let you know that I'm home safe and sound.

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The best four letter word is DONE!

Yup, that's one of the best four letter words... right up there with love in my book.  For the last two days we did photo shoots of the knit item that's going into the book.  No you can't see yet, LOL that's coming though.  In the meantime there's something that I would like to share with you and that's the URL to the site which houses a bit of a preview of what's to come in the book.  The book is called What Would Madame Defarge Knit?   WWMDK?   Heather Ordover of Craft Lit is the most unbelievable organizer I have ever had the pleasure to met.  She has coraled all the designers and is rapidly getting the book into a publishable format as the editor.  Jen Minnis is the books artist and she has generously offered up some cards which I can think of a number of uses for.  First as gift tags, 2nd printed on cardstock and folded for a larger mailable type of card, 3rd for my knit sibs, print washing instructions on the back of the card and it would be a swell end to your lovingly hand knit items.  You can find them here.  Cards    That's about all I can say at this point, more to come.  I hope you all go hit the site and have a look see at the little sneak peaks which are loaded there.  Tell me what you think in the comments below.
 
Well, so for the last two days we have been exceedingly busy.  I needed to get everything done before the surgery on Monday as everything is due on the 20th and come the 13th I will be out of commission for at least a week with a possibility of spending 7-10 days in the hospital depending on what they find when they get inside.  Please pray that it's the simple cut and not the major one.  I'd like to be home and better by Christmas.


You know how you have a tired point in your night?  This is the time normal people turn out their lights, roll over and sleep for a good 8-10 hours.  Not me, I have to make hay while all is quiet and just the air purifiers are humming.  I have to tell you that I did try, must have laid there for at least 2 hours but my "sweet spot" of a time slot had past and here I be. ;-) 

Taking advantage of the fact that I can't sleep I was able to finish up the shawl collar cardigan that I have had OTN for the past YEAR!!!!  This is for my beloved daughter who is the best model I have ever known.  <VBG>  I believe I wanted to finish it for her birthday last year.  It languished as I had a bunch of work at the beginning of the year and her birthday came and went.  I could only work on it when she wasn't around or on the days I spent with doctors and doing tests.  DONE!  Such a wonderful word.  I washed it and it's blocking.  Need to get the fans on it later when everyone wakes up.

The other gift I need to finish is a pair of socks.  Toe up, two at a time, I learned to knit them and turn the heal, then turn them inside out at the ankle so the purl side is on the right side of the sock.  The leg is K2P2, total movie time knitting!  I will go up a needle at the ankle and then again where the calf starts so I'm really on the home stretch with these.  Not to mention that I can work on them during the day.  I learned that I can lay down a full 450 yards of sock yarn in TWO DAYS!  It's nuts but true so these can and should be OffTN's shortly.

Then we get to the sewing.  I have 2-3 PJ bottoms... I have 2 cut but I'm thinking of making a 3rd. DD's skirt needs an elastic casing, that's it for the gifts.  You know those Swiffer mops that you have a terry cover with elastic edging?  The one you use by spraying the floor, running the mop over and then you change the terry cover frequently?  Well I need to pattern that and whip out a few of them as well.  Then I will be all caught up and will only have to pack up some new knitting projects... or old ones to work on in the hospital. 


Other then the knitting and sewing I'm designing another special "hush, hush" project for a possible submission.  Not sure I want to submit it but I'm having fun with it.  I washed a kid mohair fleece, dyed it turquoise and spun it to a lace weight.  This was done some time ago, several months or even a year back.  Tonight I plied it back with a thread, wound it off onto a skein winder and washed it.  It's LOVELY!  I can't believe I got 200 yards but I counted it up and yeah that little bit is so large.  I love the halo you get from mohair.  It's a lovely fine laceweight and I'm thinking of using this for the new pattern.  I ordered beads (turqoise, light and medium, silver lined AB) and I have the pearl buttons.  I can't wait to get started but I'm still just researching and doodling with this one.  I love the design process.  This is something I have long wanted to do so I just need to mess with swatches till I'm satisfied.  Then we will see.  You will be one of the first ones to know if I do end up submitting it for publication.

The children have been at it again.  Our home is so festive... we all love it.  Dad was very pleased when he came home tonight.

Above are the icicles and below ... well they aren't all blue... these are on the inside and the are circular faceted covered bulbs.  They are so much fun, I had never seen them before but then I don't get out much LOL.  There are lights and swags throughout the entire front rooms of the house.  Our home has a large open area for living, dining and kitchen... so you can see front to back.
Not the best photo's but my son's just learning.


Just HAD to share this one.  My much loved Boop had just woke from a nap, isn't he just the living end!
The other item which has me agog of late is the cover of Verena, have you seen the latest?
This sweater is so lovely.  They used many embroidery technics and it's just awesome.  I have plenty of green and TONS of scraps so I'm sure I could decorate like this.  I would omit the bobbles though... just not my cupaT.

Well, I hope you are all happy and peaceful in the Lord.  Blessings! Wen

Monday, December 6, 2010

Where have I been?

So are you wondering what I have got up to?  I am into some REALLY fabulous stuff.  It's all hush hush of course so I can't chat about it but suffice to say I'm making an alternate ending to a knit item which is being published in a book!  HOW COOL IS THAT!  I love it!  Not just the ending but the Yarn Fairy is coming out to do a special dye job and that will be in there too!  LOVE IT!  I will be able to tell you more as the days pass by.  The book will be published and should hit the shelves by 2/17/11 so not much longer to be hushed up.

We are so blessed.  Our eldest is getting married, he proposed on 11/26 and we  have been pulling out the old projects which have to be done BEFORE the wedding so I'm really glad there's no date set yet as I need about a year to hand sew and hand quilt something VERY special.  Then there's Evenstar from Sunflower designs which just needed clear beads for the edging.  This can be a veil with a little tweaking as it's a full circle or folded in half to be used as a shawl.

I owe you photos of some stuff I have finished.  My Squishy sweater has been getting lots of use as has my Niebling shawl. Ooooooooo I got some Dream in Color Starry, bling  bling... LOVE IT!   This is my first skein, it's a light lime with blue and that silver thread throughout.  I hope it's not a pain to knit with as some places look a bit loose but I can't wait to dive into those.  First I have to finish the book project and then I need to finish a shawl collar on a fingering weight sweater I made for DD.  I was making something for Mum but she ended up buying the equivalent just recently so I'm not sure what I'm doing there.

Lots of stuff going out in the mail today.  There was a small dish cloth swap that I did with a few friends (ya'll know who you are!) and they each got a cloth and a scrap soap holder to match.  So cute.  Then there's some contracts, gee sure felt like more so I know I'm missing someone.  Seems like there was a parcel but I'm blond and clueless.

19 Days Until Christmas.... the children did a fantastic job with some decorating here.  We have lights up thanks to Daddy and his helpers and a few poinsettia's (one from my dear friend Anick) which I ADORE! 

We had a wonderful dinner last night, roast beast complete with Yorkshire pudding, pearl onions and peas!  WHAT fun eh!


The surgery is slotted for next Monday and we are on our way down the hill today for the blood work and pre-op.  Oh joy.  After this I don't want to see, speak to or have any other connection with any tests UGH!  I'm so through with all the tests that only come up not showing what they need to see.  Oh for a Tricorder!

Well, just wanted to pop in and LYK that I'm still here.  Just mightly busy.  I might be chair/house bound but I'm a very happy and contented California MooCow!  LOL when was the last time you heard a gal call herself a cow!  :-)  Till next time... give thanks and LOVE your family big time.