Happy All-Hallow's Eve! We carved our pumpkins last night, and I had bowls of seeds to roast. YUMMY. Marion and I did some of the decorating yesterday, and she and Seth finished this afternoon. We set out the jack-o-lanterns just before dark, and then her friends from across the street asked her to trick-or-treat with them, so this was the first year we didn't go along! It's great to have more kids in the neighborhood, but I miss going along. Maybe she'll let me come next year.
I have finished my skinny scarf--it'll be a Christmas present after I block it. Perhaps a photo will follow....
And for tomorrow, Feliz Dia de Los Muertos! Tim, we're thinking of you with much amor.
We as a family are so glad. The Sox have long been Tim's team, and the win combined with Pinter's Nobel and Tim's 50th birthday in a few weeks make it a special time. Plus, Tim and I share the Halloween-junkie thing. I miss him, I love him, and I know he's grinning away right now.
Working on some Christmas presents with the sticks and string thing. Thanks to the delightful Gale, I have added Branching Out to my list of Christmas cheer. I love leaf patterns, and this one looks eminently do-able. I may even attempt chart navigation! (Tune in next time to see if I survive!)
Had a very nice time knitting with Kiki and family and friends at the well-kept secret hideout of City Bakery yesterday. It took all my willpower to sit and knit and not eat everything in the place. Thanks for the invite; I'll be back!
Marion's returned from a trip with my folks to San Diego. Everyone seems to have had fun, and all are exhausted. Back to the regular grind of school tomorrow, but the Arizona Fair looms large for next weekend.....
I'm still in a felting frenzy. My "Felted Knits" book has a great "dresser tray" pattern in it, and I've halved and quartered it and am thinking they'll make great Christmas gifties. So quick to knit!
Looks like my Katia ebay yarn will be in my hands tomorrow, and I'm taking my proper size needles to work so as to start on the mystery Christmas gift at lunch. Hoorah!
My formerly-secret-now-upgraded-to-well-known-British chum, Mandella, writes that I get to assist with her de-stashing program. She's such a sweetie. Sounds like she and many other ladies from across the pond had a blast at the big "Ally Pally" event. Yes, I'm jealous.
It's getting late and I do have work tomorrow, boo-hoo. More later.
Ok, I have FINISHED Marion's backpack! I like the way the Cascade 220 felts, but I still prefer the feel of Brown Sheep whilst knitting. I used Janet Scanlon's "Pack Sack" pattern and made the medium bag. It's designed for her to stow her ballet gear when not in use, and I think it's just the right size. I'm going to wait an take pictures of her in her leotard (if she'll let me) wearing said pack on Saturday. Now I think I should felt up a little bag with lavender impregnated to hold the slippers!
Have not yet gotten around to re-upping my photo program. I used Picasa's "Hello" just because Blogger said I could, but I've signed up with Flickr. Any opinions on this? I like them Flickr badges that act like a gallery of photos.
Barked at my boss today. Man, it felt good.
Have neglected my local knitting groups and hope to rejoin the fold soon, as well as to join the ever-generous Kiki et famile for knitting in whichever tres chic bwat (sp?) they happen to be knitting in. My girlie has given it up in despair as she cannot master the knit stitch in three seconds. Sounds just like me.....poor kid.
Off to read a blog or two and vacuum. Tomorrow....installing a new dishwasher! Rapture! Joy! An end to moldy insulation spewing forth from the inner door area of my old dishwasher! Yippee!