It’s been a busy day

Well – many coffee breaks, several bite size pumpkin chocolate chip muffin breaks – but I accomplished a lot.  After deciding I did want a skinnier Christmas tree, got that ordered so it should arrive next week.   Now does that mean that that really huge Christmas tree plastic storage tub should  be used to store yarn instead?????  No…definitely not.  Hopefully the smaller tree and most of the ornament containers will be able to fit in side it instead of only the tree – that’s my hope anyway. (But ….then again….. that tree tub would hold a whole lot of yarn!)

Speaking of yarn – I have managed to get two items finished for the Indie Designer Gift Along on Ravelry.  Both are from the Just Enough Ruffles pattern but one I made longer than the pattern required — that was a whole lot of stitches to bind off on the ruffle let me tell you! LOL  This is the longer of the two.

Here’s the first one which just came off the blocking boards.

DSCN3945  The yarn is Freia – an ombre yarn and the colorway is Flare.  The other one is still drying along with a cowl I blocked.

And further speaking of yarn…. there was a Wollmeise update this week — well actually there were two but I totally missed one of them which is just as well.   And for a change, by the time realized it there were actually more colors left than just greens  (there are always a lot of different shades of greens but it seems like that’s all that ever is left by the time I look at them).  Anyway, I wanted some gray or black so some such neutral DK to mix with some other DKs I have for a striped sweater.  So did not go crazy and order a lot – just a few.  It’s so hard to get a sweater quantity of a specific color that I decided to go the color block or striped route and have been collecting colors for that.   I thought about ordering more but decided no. Such willpower, huh?   Actually I think it’s that all this cleaning out of closets the past few days has me thinking I have too much crap   stuff. 🙂  Anyway – I shall maintain this resolve and totally ignore the fact that both TLE’s and ESK’s Black Friday sales are tomorrow.

Time to check out my bus schedule for tomorrow since my normal bus doesn’t run (since the Capitol Square will be sort of a ghost town with not many people working) and figure out what time I need to get up to catch the other route to work.  Then there’s a knit baby blanket I need to bury ends on and I hope to finish off the last couple rows of a cowl.


Happy Thanksgiving

tureys  There are many things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving (which I am thankful for every day of the year) — wonderful family, good friends, health,  activities, creative outlets and job I enjoy, as well as the fact that the part of the tooth I broke off yesterday eating a raw carrot did not also take the filling out with it so it doesn’t hurt and hopefully won’t start hurting before I can get something done with it (heck with that healthy food – I may switch to only eating donuts – they don’t break teeth).

I’m also thankful for the delicious smelling (and tasting) pumpkin chocolatey goodness I just took out of the oven.   I wasn’t in the mood for pumpkin pie (and really didn’t need a whole pie here to eat myself even if it wouldn’t break teeth like crunchy carrots) and decided to make some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for my breakfast — a large batch since I’ll be taking the leftovers into the office tomorrow to feed some of the skeleton crew that will be there. I used this recipe .  And since I didn’t want to wait for the first pan to be done – I made then in various sizes.  I ended up with a dozen (minus the taste testing one) regular sized muffins, one and a half dozen mini muffins, and two jumbo muffins (made in two individual silicone bundt cake type pans – they turn out about the size of those jumbo muffins in the stores).  And it smells like cinnamon and pumpkin in here now – as it should on Thanks giving.

Since I forgot to pick up the ingredients to make homemade stuffing, I’ve decided to save my little Cornish hen (which I wanted the stuffing to go with) for another day – maybe the weekend – and I’ll be dining on another favorite I love since I remembered there’s a bunch of fresh mushrooms in the fridge – Chicken Chablis.  Yum, my mouth waters just thinking of it.

Now my dilemma is what to do today.  In my cleaning out of the bedroom closet last weekend, I came up with a new plan for the sewing room closet organization.  I worked on it a little last night but am debating if I want to work on that, knit, sew, go put up the outside holiday lights, etc.  But I just looked at the temp outside (19) and think I’ll wait to do lights till the weekend since it’s supposed to be mid to upper 30s.  I also, when cleaning the closet, pulled out the Christmas tree tub but I’m debating if I want to put up my white one – it’s big and that means trying to rearrange furniture to find a place for it and there’s only so many places I can move things around to.  I didn’t put it up last year because I was just too busy but I do miss seeing all my ornament collection.  I’m thinking of getting a new tree I saw – it only takes up about a 30″ diameter footprint – tall and skinny.

I do have two scarfs to block – finished those off last night; fringe to add to another scarf; about 3 rows left to finish a cowl — I need to finish some items to improve my “knit from the stash” numbers.

And there’s a quilt to work on — check out this fabric that arrived yesterday

DSCN3943 I’m also thankful for my friend Sandy at Hoffman California Fabrics  – and not just because she sends me fabric when I ask — she found me several years ago and enabled me to get my quilt designs out into the wider world on their website.

I needed a border fabric for my Asian quilt I’m making, found this on Hoffman’s website, emailed Sandy, and a couple days later it arrive.  It is absolutely perfect for borders on this quilt.

Okay – enough dilly dallying on the computer – I’ve got things to do – haven’t decided exactly what but there’s plenty to choose from!