The Holidays Can HURT!!

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Or at least running into your brother’s forehead on Christmas Eve can hurt! Still, I think they recovered well:

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These toy sets (picked out by my husband) were probably the biggest hit. Star Wars sets of “dudes” that are made for ages…3+, I believe? Anyhow, it’s been a week and the starship…errr, excuse me the X-Wing is still in one piece with it’s few moving parts still movable! The baby’s even had a go at it a few times; amazing.

I know it’s a bit late, but I had to post a few pics of our tree(s). Usually I am a huge believer in having “real” trees; I love the sharp, fresh scent, the challenge the imperfection of the branches bring, and I don’t even mind cleaning up the inevitable mess of pine needles (okay…I don’t mind much). However, after the craziness I posted about before, I broke down & bought artificial trees this year — little ones that can be indoors or outdoors. As a bonus for waiting til the week before Christmas, they were 40% off! First I let the boys “practice” decorating a tree:

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Later I redecorated it (and gave them an itty bitty one to play with — I’m no ogre!) and the other one. So we have 3 trees. One they can look at but not touch (due to breakable & one of a kind ornaments, as well as a slightly wimpy card table:

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(yes, you do see Darth Vader front & center…R2D2 is further down & C3PO is ’round back). Then there was the tree they could touch gently, but not play with:

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And lastly their little tree, that they have dragged all over the house. I believe it is currently gracing the dresser in their room.

I promise not to rant about toys & gifts, but let me say that even if my darling children look like this when they open a gift:

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It isn’t going to last when they open the package & the toy falls into pieces. Literally. I’m probably preachin’ to the choir here, but please, please, don’t buy rip-off Transformers from the dollar store. My kids end up so sad when they fall apart & I feel guilty when I have to hide them until they forget about them so I can throw them away. If you want to shop at the dollar store, buy them a ball. Or a coloring book. Shoot — give them a dollar — at their ages, that would be a fortune! /rant

Seriously though, I just hate seeing them so excited only to have their hopes smashed to bits (and for the record, the person who bought these gifts doesn’t own a computer, so I’m not being really mean or passive aggressive or anything, here — I promise!!).

All right…enough of this family talk — is this a knitting blog, or not?! 😉

I received a kickin’ MBOY package last week (MBOY: magic ball of yarn). It was a “from your stash” exchange so no one would feel they were too broke to participate. My swap buddy really went above & beyond, though. She did a great job stalking me around the internet — here’s what she sent:

December MBOY swap

That would be 3 balls of recycled sari silk, 4 skeins of knitpicks alpaca cloud (in color iris), with coordinating beads, & size 2 Brittany dpns. I’m hoping to make a funky purse with some of the sari silk, or maybe a dream swatch, although it’s awfully thick yarn for that. I’m also seeing a really funky teddy bear (for me, not the kids, lol). I would love to see the laceweight become a Swallowtail — ever since I saw the yarn harlot’s pink one last month I’ve been drooling…not that I have time for lace knitting atm, but maybe in a few months I’ll be able to indulge! I’ve also been trying to put my hands on some size 2 dpns for quite a while. I’ll be making my sister’s lacecap next month, so I really did need them!

On the Vintage Sock Swap front, I was making good time until last night when I fell asleep at 10:30 with the baby. I have finished the leg & half of the heel flap on the first sock. It’s the Child’s Silk Sock from the Nancy Bush book Vintage Socks. I’m knitting it with Fortissima Socka in a nice violet-blue with green color. It looks great (if I do say so myself ;)), but I’m not real pleased with the feel of the yarn. Anyone else have experience with this particular brand? It’s 75/25 superwash/polyamide. I really hope it softens up when I soak & block it. Anywho, here’s a pic (pardon the kids toy — I needed something to give it shape!):

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I picked this up on the same shopping trip as the fortissima. It’s more Trekking XXL (same stuff as my attempted HSS Firestarter). It looks like it will stripe in the same graduated way that I love. It isn’t as dark as the picture, I couldn’t get a good shot of it, for some reason.

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Since Leah found my blog, I figured I’d better get started on the soaker for her adorable baby. She & I did some stash trading after she found one of her daughters to be allergic to the mohair in Peace Fleece, but in the end I still get to knit up this gorgeous yarn before relinquishing it. I received it in another mboy swap and the sender thought it might be 100PureWool or HandPaintedYarn. I searched all over both sites, though & I really think it’s Malabrigo. It’s too buttery soft for HPY and to evenly spun for 100PW. In any case, I’m enjoying every stitch:

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Okay…I really need to get back to knitting on these things, so I’ll leave you with one last picture. It’s the yarn the Tiennie so graciously sent! She received a wonderful prize that contained an Advent of yarn (i.e. a skein of yarn for every day on the Advent calendar, I believe), and decided to pay it forward a bit (ha — more like a BUNCH!) and send twenty-five gifts on to others! I was lucky enough to win & today I received this bit of soft yumminess:

Sereknity Sock Options

The color is called Triple Scoop — makes you want a big bowl of Neapolitan ice cream, huh (which I’m proud to say I wouldn’t eat — day FOUR of no dairy!!)

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7 thoughts on “The Holidays Can HURT!!

  1. Poor Ian!!! 😦 Did he get headbutted? Yarn looks scrumptious as usual…. mmmmmmm (wait til I show you what I got in the UP!)

  2. Oh, poor little guy. Nothing like a shinner for Christmas eh? He’s a tough one though I’m sure. Doesn’t look like it slowed him down one bit! Love those smiles 🙂 Love your pretty trees too – all 3 of them!

    Happy New Year! Best to you in 08!!!

  3. Oh the poor boy, but looks like he “bounced” back OK. Smiles and all for Christmas. And sounds like you had a lovely holiday! Nice trees. And yummy yarns! Like the Child’s Silk Sock! Happy New Year!

  4. Oh, poor guy! I imagine that won’t be the last black eye in your house with 3 boys though! So I just had to find your blog to pressure you into knitting huh? 🙂 I don’t know how you find time to knit at all really. Did you see my egg on my blog? It only took about 20 min. or so. I can’t wait to get more felt and make a whole breaktfast.

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