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FrancesWeyr
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wheee! I'm working on the hood of the hoody. I decided to get fancy and cast on with waste yarn, instead of seaming the casing, I'll pick out the yarn and knit the edges together. I did that for the hem of a sweater and I liked the way it looked.

The machine sewing is done on the babysaurs. I did not do any of the handsewing tonight as I didn't want to go out in an ice storm hunting a sculpting needle or an acceptable substitute. We may go down to my niece's Saturday, however, so I need to get at least two of the dinosaurs done and the hoody and make the white chocolate suckers I promised Gen and a plate of cookies and remember to make fudge without nuts for Juliet and buy a present for my niece and her husband and....

My father mentioned that I looked "a little on edge" tonight. Gee, I wonder why? It's not like I had several gazillion things to do and limited time, is it? Of course, that was about a half hour after that broken lamp he was fiddling with burst into flames, which was a bit more excitement than I wanted this evening. The house still stinks like melted insulation.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You sound like you need a vacation...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GrannieAnnie06 wrote:
You sound like you need a vacation...


I've got one vacation day left and it is booked for Friday. Hopefully, the rest of the shopping will get done then. It will also allow me to stay up later than usual Thursday and finish some of my projects. Thirty years ago I could stay up until 2am working on Christmas presents and still get up and cope with the kids at 6. That was long ago...

It's awful, but I almost wish the weather would be lousy this weekend so we don't go down to see the kids. That would mean we'd have to wait until after Christmas, which would not be a major hardship for the little ones -- it would just extend the present season -- but it would give me more time. It would mean it would be too lousy to shop too, though, which I don't need, and what's the point of a Santa Claus cookie jar AFTER Christmas? I figured I'd put some nuts and stuff in it as a joint present for my niece and her husband. I normally give them gourmet coffee, but she's spawning again and I don't want to encourage consumption of that wicked caffeine.

Almost to the point of picking out the waste yarn on the hoody. The hood should go fairly fast as it is just a rectangle in stockinette stitch after you get the casing done. You are supposed to knit Icord for the inside the casing, but I'm considering crocheting a string. I've never done Icord, and although it doesn't sound difficult, it doesn't sound fast either. I know how fast I can whip out a cord with a crochet hook.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like you are doing a great job with the hoodie, Frances. I am still on that one front piece. I am so tired at night that I really don't feel like knitting. Heresy, I know. Perhaps tonight.... Confused Anyway, don't worry about giving coffee; pregnant women can safely have two cups of coffee a day. Believe me, I have not let that one slip my notice! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like filling the cookie jar with goodies and giving it away.....I also just saw a tip I liked. We all have a kizillion vases. The suggestion was to find some that look shiny new and fill them with nuts or candies and then put a little chiffon or netting circle over the top that you tie in place with a pretty ribbon. I'm not describing it well, but it looked so pretty. I do have a lot of clear glass vases and I have some red, some green and some gold netting. I always have ribbon.....so, I just need filler. The one I saw done was filled with silver Jordan almonds. I suppose you have to fill it with something that won't go stale as the netting will let air in.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holly wrote:
I like filling the cookie jar with goodies and giving it away.....I also just saw a tip I liked. We all have a kizillion vases. The suggestion was to find some that look shiny new and fill them with nuts or candies and then put a little chiffon or netting circle over the top that you tie in place with a pretty ribbon. I'm not describing it well, but it looked so pretty. I do have a lot of clear glass vases and I have some red, some green and some gold netting. I always have ribbon.....so, I just need filler. The one I saw done was filled with silver Jordan almonds. I suppose you have to fill it with something that won't go stale as the netting will let air in.


Holly, what a great idea! You could fill one with red and green holiday M&Ms or the wrapped peppermints and hard candy with designs. Just put a piece of Saran Wrap under the netting for freshness...how cool would that be... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good to have something like that in mind for folks who surprise you with a gift, or for someone you just want to give a little something to.

I have 4 of those small, round, gold fish type vases with the fluted top edging. The edge will be something really nice to hold the ribbon in place.

That size would be nice filled with M&M's.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I now have sculpting needles, but I've spent the last 2 1/2 hours since I got home in the kitchen making fudge and almond bark and baking and decorating a portion of the cookie dough I mixed up and stashed in the fridge Saturday. My father has an appointment tomorrow and wants to take a tray of goodies. I intend to hide the candy so there is some of it left to take to the kids this weekend.

The strange thing is this is a really good batch of fudge and I don't know if I can duplicate it. I just threw the ingredients in the double boiler without consulting the recipe or measuring the marshmallows.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sign of a good cook....a little of this, a little of that.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up having to redo the decorated sugar cookies I made Wednesday night as I forgot an ingredient in the cookie icing and it NEVER set up. After 24 hours I gave up and called my brother to come and get two plates of hopelessly sticky Christmas tree cookies for his bottomless pit teen-aged sons. I got done with the cookies about 9 last night and then, resolved to finish the hood, sat up until 12:30 working on that. I finished it with a three needle bind off instead of binding off and then folding it in half and sewing the bound off edge together. The picot edge looks sweet. If I have two seconds between getting it done and having to wrap it up to make it to the car, I will take a photo.

I am working on the drawstring now. It is a strange but neat thing. When I looked closer at the pattern it was not Icord as I thought. The first row was k1, s1, k1, s1, k1. Then the next row you slipped what was previously knitted and knit what was previously slipped. It's making a dense, kind of flat cord and I'm about half done with it.

I still haven't stuffed and sculpted the babysaurs, I will have to sew this hoody together, and the buttons for the Gen's sweater are in the bag, but need to be sewn on. Then I need to wrap.

I think I will feel so much more relieved once we are in the car and heading down to visit. I feel super stressed thinking of all the things I need to do, but most of my deadlines are for the visit to my niece's family and not Christmas day. I don't think I'm going to have Dad's socks done for Christmas, and I'm not going to make myself crazy about it as he can grasp the concept of one sock plus a ball of yarn equaling a pair of socks in the near future. We need to get the tree up this weekend, I was counting on my other niece helping, but she is sick and I don't think she's coming over. We were going to take her with us Saturday, but they don't need the germs where we are going. I may go over and get her after we get home, as her mother will not allow any cold medicine in the house since her brother is fresh out of rehab. The niece is pretty miserable and could at least could have medicine over here. I can grasp the concept of not having any abusable substance in the home of a recovering addict, but in this case it doesn't make much sense as the nephew runs from the time school gets out until curfew with no supervision so it's not like he was being closely monitored and wasn't around the stuff at a friend's house.

Now I need to get dressed and go finish my Christmas shopping.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very interested in trying that cord.....a flat cord might be a nice change from I-cords.

I have wrapped sweaters with the needles still on the half finished last sleeve. It is always good for a laugh.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too, find that cord interesting...think I will try it.

It sounds to me as if you have your projects down to managable bits. If you look at each one separately and see how little you have to do to get it to the "finish line", you will be suprised...

I still have several little bags waiting for my needles, but they are quicky projects...which is why I saved them for last.

And, I am going to wait and make the candy and cookies just before we leave for our Christmas trip...by that time LM will be out of school and can help...and she loves to do it...

Hope you enjoy your visits, and remember, they should be excited to see you and the gifts only second... Laughing

Happy Holidays...Nony Mouse
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cord is interesting, it would make a very nice belt, but it is getting frogged.

The pattern calls for 20 inches of this cord to go through the hood casing. That isn't long enough. So I went to take another look at the photo (which is not on the same page as the pattern) and realized the cord in the photo is a crochet chain. I've spent hours working on this when I could have had a crochet chain of the appropriate length in a matter of minutes. Taking so long to notice doesn't exactly make me feel like the brightest bulb on the Christmas Tree, but you have to be able to trust your knitting book. What were they smoking when they wrote this pattern?!Shocked

I believe I am sending an email to the magazine about that one.

We may be canceling our trip tomorrow due to weather, which wouldn't disappoint me terribly but "we" aren't going to decide until tomorrow so I am still working my little fingers off.

Well, venting break over. Now to frog the cord. At this point I'd rather curl up with the new paperback I bought today and worry about tomorrow when it comes, but it's coming too fast to do that
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am joining Frances' Frantic Club...as I was finishing the poncho I decided to do for my niece on Wed. so I could get it packed with the stuff for her family, I realized there are two more family members who will be with her for Christmas...so am quickly knitting up two more bath sets... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in the Frantic Club too... Laughing

I was out Thursday at our staff do... last night at a birthday party, tonight at a Christmas drinks party and have done no housework all week, so don't see much knitting happening this weekend...

But... despite having lots of gloves on my list still to do, I have discovered in a hurry that a large flat piece of felted knitting can be successfully cut into circular coasters and the edges bound with some sparkly thread... guess what I was doing for a birthday present last night ... Laughing

I MUST get some cards written this weekend...
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