Friday, December 25, 2009

It's Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
I hope you spend the day with a lot of family and a little knitting!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My tribute to Sterling RIP

Fourteen years ago we found a 6 month old kitten in our neighborhood. She was a dirty matted angry little mess. I nicknamed her Grumpus because she was so combative, you couldn't even pick her up. Hissing, growling, scratching and biting were her calling cards. Two neighbors tried to take her in, but she was too mean to their other pets.

We named her Sterling and gave her a home, gradually she became a part of our family. She never lost that fierceness did soften a bit.

Seven years ago she was in kidney failure. The vet thought that she was a gonner. It was December and I just wanted her to last til after Christmas. We changed her to a prescription food and she got better. The vet says that you can live with 60% kidney function.

Sterling on 12/22/09

After 7 years on borrowed time, her health finally took a turn. Yesterday was our last day with her. She went out the way she was in life, growling, hissing and scratching...what an amazing kitty she was. We miss her.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pattern love

We have a new yarn at the shop, Berroco Seduce. I found the perfect pattern for it on Ravelry. It's a free download, the pattern is called Modern Mermaid scarf. I have it memorized and between the easy, pretty pattern and this very lovely yarn I am seduced! I need to write Christmas cards and make candy and all those other things that need attention. Instead I am drawn towards this scarf!!!!

Those little mice are telling me to get back to Christmas!!! eeek!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Checking that list

I don't know about Santa's list...but mine is very long. I am chipping away at my personal list and the one I have for my job(s) at the shop.

The scarf above is "Babushka" it's a Mac N Me pattern. It was not difficult, but did seem to take for-ev-er. Starting from 3 stitches and increasing in seed stitch to 300! Then there was that nice ruffle! I really like it and will probably make one for me some day. This one is a model for the shop.

I used Alpaca With A Twist- Fino. and a size 5 needle.

That's my Christmas tree there in the background. I have to put presents under it don't I? Most of them have been bought, they just need to be wrapped. The candy still needs to be made and ....ugh I can't list the things that need to be done ...I think I just need to go do them!

Do you think there is a way to be completely prepared for Christmas without stress? How early would you need to start to achieve that?

I can check off the "make a blog post" entry on my long list. Now I have to go to work and teach a few women how to knit.