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Thursday, January 03, 2008

A post-holiday post

It's a little too close to the holidays to feel nostalgic quite yet, or maybe it's just too painful that my vacation is over. This Christmas, there was fondue and merlot and coffee cake and green bean casserole. There was snow on the ground in Massachusetts and a Penguins game in Pittsburgh. There was Jon's cousin's Wii and my cousin's Wii and the scarily accurate game "Twenty Questions." It actually guessed that I was thinking of a plunger. Crazy!

Of course, there was also yarn. My future mother-in-law is an ambitious knitter and made me the most touching present. When Jon and his brother were little, their grandmother knit them the most intricate stockings with snowmen and Santas. Jon's grandmother is gone now, and the pattern she used was literally falling apart. But Jon's mom found a new copy and made me this. I was floored!

Of course, I received some knitterly gifts, too, namely Sensual Knits from my mom. Oh, I just want to eat the pages, they look so luscious. (Does anyone else smell knitting books? I feel like they smell better than other books.) I'm obnoxious and started name dropping to my mom as soon as I cracked the spine. "Yahaira? Veronique? Connie? Saun? Of course I know them! What, you don't?"

My first project will be the Loop Shawl by the ever-inspiring Leah. And so far I'm loving it. The lace pattern is intoxicating -- just enough cable needle action to keep things exciting but not burdensome. And those k3togs through the back loop ain't so bad!!

I'm using the Shelridge Farms 4-ply DK that I bought at Rhinebeck. It's ever-so-delightfully squishy and bouncy. Knitting with it is a dream!

If it seems like I'm knitting less, it's probably because I am. I never thought I'd be this gal, but I'm a little pre-occupied with wedding planning. Not obsessed, just pre-occupied. I don't care about cakes or flowers or even dresses (that much.) It's all of the pretty little touches that make a wedding special. Even if you are a commitment-phobe, you'll probably love Style Me Pretty. Now, I shall sit here and resist the urge to make my own fortune cookie-inspired menus....


Anonymous Tracy WW at said...

I love your FMIL's handknit stocking for you! What a lovely gift!!! I have such a weakness for handknit stockings--my mother made them for me and my three siblings, and I made them for my two young boys. I kind of assumed that any mother who loved her kids made their stockings by hand, so I was really shocked when I found out that my husband DIDN'T have a handmade stocking from my mother. What? No stocking from childhood?? I'd better get knitting....!!!

11:10 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

wow, that stocking is amazing!

It's ok to be busy with wedding planning. You are getting married after all!

12:26 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

That stocking is incredible! It will be such a great family heirloom many years from now.

Try not to get too caught up in the details of wedding planning -- remember that the only person who's going to know that something's not the way it was meant to be on the day is you! Just make sure you enjoy this exciting time!

7:44 AM  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

Okay now that twenty questions game is insanely crazy! My friend brought it over once and no one could stump it!

That stocking, so cool! =) Now you're officially part of the family!

10:02 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

That stocking is so touching indeed! And I am glad to know that fondue was a part of your holiday, that's as it should be. Happy New Year, Carrie!

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

That stocking is wonderful. His mother obviously loves you. What a great gift to receive.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Kaet said...

that stocking is such an amazing and touching gift! was the penguins game you went to the outdoor holiday classic in buffalo at the special outdoor rink? i wanted to go SOOOOO BAD! but the tickets sold out in uner 30 minutes- so i was curious if you were one of the lucky ones!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

What an incredibly thoughtful and welcoming gift...such a lucky gal!

12:55 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

As a married person, I can tell you how wonderful life is with a wonderful mother-in-law. We're truly the lucky ones! The stocking is darling!

If only my mother-in-law would knit -- she's be perfect!

3:07 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

what a sweet gift! and ohhh, some lace! i'm dying to cast on some lace :)

10:08 PM  
Anonymous bitterpurl said...

that stocking is just too fun! I was so happy when they made me mine, but alas mine wasn't knitted :(

I LOVE the red you're using, can't wait to see the finished shawl.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

what a sweet stocking! what a nice gift :)

which Penguins game did you go to? oooh, they have been so good lately. I am jealous - I wanna go to the Igloo!

1:03 PM  
Blogger said...

It's a great time of your life now enjoy yourself. There is plenty of time for knitting! I am very curious about this game Twenty Questions. I am out of the loop, i must google it now! :) What a kind endearing gift from your mother - in - law!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love the shawl in red!!

The stocking is so cool! What a wonderful tradition!!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Dame Wendy said...

I was looking through pictures of Le Slouch on Ravelry and thought "I recognize that girl", so I popped over to your blog and figured it out. I saw you at Rhinebeck! :) The knitterverse is a small one. :)

Your engagement photos are adorable!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I love the stocking your MIL made for you. That is awesome!

Of course you are preoccupied with wedding plans. I'm not a fussy sort either, but my wedding occupied a substantial part of my thought processes for that entire year.

The shawl looks pretty.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

what a touching gift from your future MIL! It's so cute, too.

6:55 PM  
Blogger World Series Champion Boston Red Sox said...

I disagree -- neither Jon nor his devilishly handsome brother were ever truly little. Younger, perhaps...

But I'm glad you (and all the commenters) seem to love the stocking. I know how hard Mom worked on it. Welcome aboard!

Happy knitting,
The Best Man

11:20 PM  

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