Isn’t that a great way to start a post? It was how I started my Sunday – Larry wanted to try a new recipe. We always have cinnamon buns on Christmas morning – usually Pillsbury, but this year since he’s been baking so much he wanted to try homemade. So yesterday he did a dry run on this recipe, and this morning we had them for breakfast. Not very healthy, and certainly not Weight Watchers – but very very good. He’s been baking a lot lately (last night was Italian bread) – I finally asked him this morning if he could limit his baking to once a week – I won’t be fitting in my jeans if he keeps this up!
I participated in a swap over on the Westie Knitters group on Ravelry (isn’t it funny that there is a group for just about anything there?). I’m usually sort of iffy on swaps, and haven’t done one in a long time. But I’m so glad I did this time. My swap partner (sending to me) was Chris and wow – what a great package. Details are here (honey, jam, Westie stuff, dog biscuits, etc) but the highlights were a skein of Malabrigo Sock
Isn’t that gorgeous? The colorway is Indiecita – so beautiful! I can’t wait to use it (have you noticed I always say that about new yarn?)
Chris also made me a scarf – amazing!
The pattern is Saroyan, and she used Dream in Color Classy (colorway is Lunar Zazzle). I’ve never used this yarn – but I’m going to have to try it – it is really nice and soft and squishy. I was really surprised she made me something – I’m not sure I’m that generous of a knitter to make something for a stranger (ok, I actually know that I’m not – I am a pretty selfish knitter and I’m usually the person I knit for!). But it was really nice of her to do that, and I’m looking forward to wearing it.
And when I’m wearing it, I’ll have someone else wearing something very similar…
How cute is that? She made a little kerchief for Penny. The picture is bad because Penny was a little INSANE this morning because of the snow – this was the brief 10 seconds Larry was able to hold her still (the whole biting me like a wild animal while I was putting on the kerchief was fun too!). So cute though!
I have to say that this was the nicest swap package I’ve ever received – it really restored my faith in them! I’m not sure I’d want to do them all the time, but this was fun.
We got a snow storm yesterday – we ended up with about 8 inches – just enough to be a pain in the ass. We had to cancel our knitting group holiday get together and move it to next week – I was so disappointed, but snow happens. We ended up having a relaxing day, and I’m just about done the cowl I’m making with the Madelinetosh yarn. I’m so close to being done that I’ve been thinking about what to make next. I want to make something for my mother’s birthday – it is on January 16 and she’ll be 90 (!). So I think something special is in order – but I can’t think of what. I don’t think I have enough time for a huge laceweight shawl, and she lives in California so a worsted weight wouldn’t work. I was thinking about something with beads. Maybe trying Aeolian again with some Zephyr lace weight – I have the yarn, I have the beads – the question is – will I have enough time to do it? Someone suggested the French Press slippers but I’m not sure slippers are special enough for a 90th birthday. Any ideas?
OK, I need to go finish my Christmas shopping – let’s hope the roads are clear so I can get there, get done and come home and make some cookies
Have a great week!