Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year, 2010!

We were so happy to have the family with us for the holidays. Last year, snow nearly everywhere from Bellingham WA to Billings MT kept our daughter & her boyfriend on the other side of the hump. We didn't get together until spring. But this year, travel was without incident, and all made it here safely. Lisa & Josh, Brian & Robin, Scott, Jeff & Mandi were all here at the same time. Daughter-in-law, Libby had to work & we missed her, but her gift went home with Jeff. And Doug was actually off both Christmas Eve & Christmas Day!

We did have a house-full, and had planned to overflow into our trailer. When I went out to turn up the heat & make up the bed, I found that the carpet in the bedroom was saturated with water. Squishy. Nearly frozen. No mildew, though. There was “room at the inn”, fortunately, so Brian & Robin went to stay at the Comfort Inn nearby. I hear that the TV was better there, anyway. (The trailer will be fine.)

Brian & Robin have a tradition of making chocolate truffles every year. They got a late start this year, but worked early into the morning preparing ganache in various flavors (lavender/vanilla is our favorite), which they brought here to finish off with the assistance of other family members. It's a messy job, but, you know, somebody's got to do it. While the rest of us were in the kitchen, Doug & Josh pulled the soggy carpet from the trailer.



Gifting is sometimes a challenge, but I think I did okay this year. I swore up & down that I wasn't going to knit any Christmas gifts this year, and I really didn't do very much. The one that remains to be opened was the biggest project, and of course I can't tell you because the recipient hasn't received it yet. But here's a peek.


I can tell you that I got hooked on the “Mrs. Beeton” wrist warmer pattern from Knitty.com. I wore the first one while knitting the second one, and I haven't been able to part with any of them yet. I can knit one in an evening, and despite the fact that they're, as one knitter describes, “a bit fiddly”, they turn out gorgeous, and I feel compelled to choose different colors of DK yarn to combine with different colors of lace weight yarn, and beads. Oh My, the possibilities. And I really don't even like ruffles. It just seems that no matter how warm the rest of me is, the wrists are cold. Not enough fat or muscle mass there, I guess. The ones I plan to keep are alpaca, which should be really warm.


The one major project that I did finish this year was the Christmas tree skirt. I've made five of this pattern now, and this is the first one I've kept. Over the years, one was made for Jeff & Libby using fabrics from their wedding, one for Scott (who was a banker at the time) out of neckties, and two of Christmas fabrics. This one is staying with us.


Happy New Year, everybody!

4 Comments:

Blogger Dorothy said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I saw that you're doing spinning classes at NW Handspun. I just took up spinning and am having too much fun! Going with a friend to the St. Distaff's Day Spin-in in Everett tomorrow.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Tina T-P said...

Hey - Yay, she's blogging again. When are the lambs due? The Shepherd thinks that all five of ours are pregnant! We did feet and worming yesterday and they all have little poochy bellies :-) Glad you had a nice Christmas T.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Rainy Daisy said...

Happy New Year! Looks like you had a pretty rowdy Christmas. Aren't full houses fun? I just tried making truffles for the first time this year, with homemade Irish Cream flavoring. Next year, I'll have to try lavender and vanilla. yummm.

Then again, do I have to wait until next year? No, I think not. In fact, I may make them this weekend....

2:36 PM  
Blogger d2 said...

Glad to see your blogging again, Yvonne. Loved the family pics too.

8:15 AM  

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