December 23, 2009
One of my favorite things to set up for the holidays is my collection of snowmen. How can one be stressed by the season when you have all of these plump happy dudes smiling at you from the corner of the room? I didn’t plan to collect these. As with most collections, a few turned into a shelf full, then a couple of shelves full, then all of a sudden they were at “takeover” quantities. It takes awhile to set them up, but it’s not Christmas until they’ve all found their own places on the shelf. Do you have a favorite holiday collection or decoration that you enjoy putting up every year?
Speaking of holiday decorations, we have one house in the neighborhood that goes all out. Really, this photo doesn’t even begin to give you the scope of things in their front yard because there is more to the right of the photo, and more to the left. (And that’s just the front yard. They back up to the neighborhood lake and they decorate the backyard as well.) The people across the street simply prop a large mirror up in their front yard, and call that “done”. I like their sense of humor! Doesn’t every neighborhood have one house like this?
I finished the Never-Ending scarf. I have to say, even though it took forEVER (or seemed to), it is the warmest, softest, most wonderful scarf I have knit up. I knit this with 4 skeins of Cascade Eco Alpaca (2 each of jet and charcoal) on 16″ size 5 circulars. You cast on 70-80 stitches (depending on your gauge – you want the stitches to fill the circ so that it’s easy to keep the tube going round and round) and then just keep knitting around and around and around until you reach the desired length. I made each stripe 10 rows wide. The nice thing about knitting it in a tube is that you can just carry the yarns right up the inside and you don’t have to cut and weave in the ends. I just “catch” it every 4 rows or so, to keep it traveling up. The other nice thing about knitting it as a tube, is that it’s double thick, which makes it double warm, and it looks exactly the same on the front and the back. The scarf has 41 stripes, which used almost all 4 skeins. I had to pull the one side up to show the fringe, but there’s more scarf behind the mannequin. And now that it’s done and I’m giving it away? I find myself wanting one to keep for my very own.
We’re off for the holidays after today, so no blog again until Monday. I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas) and I hope that you get a lot of knitting time in over the weekend. Remember – our last Random Acts of Kindness Contest will be next Monday. See you then!