Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

ketchup time

So it’s been a month.  Finals got the better of me, sucking up loads of time, stressing me out, and driving me insane.  I can now officially say that my first semester of grad school is over and done with!  I’m ready to work my ass off and be a real grad student now.  I’m excited to get some stuff done and learn a lot.  Whoo!

After finals, the rest of December whizzed by.  I flew out to Tucson for Dave’s graduation (we made a glorious, impromptu, blasphemous [maybe?] beer bottle menorah), we drove up to Phoenix for Christmas, and then we packed up Dave’s car and moved him out here, stopping for a few days to visit my family in Albuquerque.  So not only have I survived my first semester of graduate school, but I’ve also survived the long six months alone up here!

I made some Christmas presents.  Dave got socks, Mom got a scarf, and Brian got a hacky sack.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the hacky sack, but the socks and scarf turned out beautifully!  (Links are to patterns!)

Since we’ve gotten back, I’ve done a little bit of work and a little bit of knitting.  We’re getting this ridiculous snowstorm that’s all over the Midwest right now, so that’s been exciting.  Fortunately, I also finished my thrummed mittens a few days ago!  They’ve come in handy.  (No pun intended.)

I hope the rest of the world has been doing well!  Apparently, going out of town means completely neglecting the computer for me.

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Merry Christmas!

This is me wishing everyone a happy Christmas!  Care for a cookie?  :o)

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alive and well

I’m here! Seriously. My poor little neglected blog.. I’ve been really busy with school and projects and finals and all that, but you know what?! I’M DONE!! I graduate this Saturday, and I’m pretty excited. Well, to be honest, I’m more excited about my family coming in and spending my first Christmas with Dave and the holiday and everything. But graduating.. It’s really awesome!

Anyways, I have been doing a few things. I just haven’t written about them. Maybe a week and a half ago, I made these:

The recipe (thanks again, Martha!) is here. I may or may not have added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar. I really couldn’t tell you. They were pretty good, though.

Yesterday was HUGE for completion of stuff! I finished my first single for the yarn I’m working on right now. The second single still remains in roving balls.

That reminds me, actually..I have a spinning store right down the street from me. I haven’t been until today. It’s called Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, and the owners are REALLY nice. They are an older couple, both retired science teachers. I love it. I also love the new spindle that I bought for my next spinning project. :o)

I also finished a Christmas gift last night! This one is for my brother’s girlfriend, who asked me several months ago for a cowl for skiing. It’s just an 88-stitch tube with some 2X2 ribbing on the ends and a few stripes..but it is lovely, and I really hope she likes it!

I made more cookies last night, too! Don’t worry..it’s the last thing I’ve done. (I know by now you’re thinking “WTF? Nearly 3 weeks of silence and now a long string of word vomit?”) These are called Biscochitos, and they are a traditional Christmas cookie in New Mexico. I don’t remember the last time I’ve had them, and they are YUMMY. ..and festive! Here‘s the recipe I found. As a warning, I must tell you that most other recipes use lard, hence the reason I used this one..

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some Christmas-light-seeing to do with friends! I hope everyone’s holiday season is as warm and happy as mine. :o)

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unselfish knitting

I’m finally good to bust out the holiday music!! So thrilled. I’ve been hard at work on Christmas presents! (..or at least A Christmas present.) See?

This is a ski cowl for my brother’s girlfriend in her favorite color. I’m not using a pattern, just a basic 88 stitches in the round with 2X2 ribbing on the ends. It’s turning out very nicely. :o)

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joy and peace

The problem with perusing other people’s blogs when I’m bored/taking a break/whatever is that I will inevitably stumble upon a new one and read through it, going into older entries in search of more and more eye candy. This doesn’t sound like a problem? Well, the part that’s the problem is I get to the Christmas entries! I LOVE Christmas. It’s just so pretty and magical and happy. Can I really hold out until December comes around again?

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the end of christmas

Although I’m a bit sad that I have to wait a whole year for Christmas again, I had a really great holiday, and I even managed to finish all of my projects! I was a little worried there for a while.

Brian's Gloves

These are the gloves I made for my brother. I can’t believe I finished them off of one skein. If they had been just one row longer, I would have had to bust out the other one. I guess now I’ll have to find a use for it. :o) I was afraid they were going to be too big (because they actually look huge laying flat), but they fit him and I think he’ll enjoy them a lot. You can find the pattern for them here; I just left out all of the fancy stuff.
Dad's Stocking

This year, my brother and I thought we would do something a little differently. Every year, my parents have filled our stockings with presents, so we thought we might return the favor. However, my dad didn’t have a stocking! ..so I made him one. The pattern I used was really frustrating (I would prefer to knit something like this in the round), but I had already started with it, and I didn’t have much time, so I decided to just finish it up. Somewhere, the patten mysteriously loses 6 stitches, and sewing it up is a pain in the ass. You can find the pattern here (if you really want it, but I would recommend looking for another one if I were you). I added the border and toe of my own accord. Even though I wasn’t thrilled with the way it turned out, my dad was, and I guess that’s all that matters.

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My apologies for the lack of entries. Being at home has left me with little time for crafting and even less time for blogging about it. I have two projects in particular that I need to finish, one of which I cannot work on around my family, and I’m running out of time!

I spent an entire day baking cookies, making four recipes and doubling two of them. Of course, I forgot to take pictures. Go figure. The only new recipe I tried was one of Martha’s. They were kind of difficult to make, but they sure are pretty..not to mention incredibly addictive.

Once Christmas is over, I plan to be selfish and make things for me. :o) I’m thinking an afghan? Maybe a new hat? (Or of course I could finish the socks I’m working on or start some new ones.) The problem is that I don’t have all of my needles here. I’ve already bought two pairs since arriving..less than a week ago. Awesome.

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new york city

One Uncle, One Niece, One Tree

Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the three of us (my uncle, my aunt, and myself), but I would say this picture more or less sums up my trip to New York City. I had a fantastic time, and I can’t wait to go back.

Highlights of my trip include:

-Getting to spend a ton of time with my relatives
-Randomly joining in a procession of people taking part in Unsilent Night
-Shouting at the end of finals with the Columbia students across the street
-Seeing Curtains on Broadway
-WALKING AROUND (Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, SoHo, The Village, Times Square, etc.)
-The Bronx Botanical Gardens

Although my trip was great, I am thrilled to be at home and very excited for Christmas. (Though, of course, I miss Dave..and all of my Arizona friends.) My ridiculous bakefest begins tomorrow! I’ve put up all of my pictures from New York on my Flickr, so check them out if you so desire.

ALSO! In crafty news..Mia went to a party where someone’s artist girlfriend played with the scarf I made her for like 10 minutes and told her it was really well-made!! :oD

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So, if nothing else, my prolonged wait for my clothing to dry allowed me to finish my gift for Lisa (Dave’s sister). Aren’t they cute? They were quick and fun to make, too! I found the pattern here.

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last day of finals

Mia's Scarf!

Today was the last day of finals! Now I finally get to relax and hang out..except I have to pack and do all kinds of other things before leaving tomorrow..at 630 IN THE MORNING. ..but I guess it’s really 430 so we get to the airport in time. Ugh.

Anyways, I finally got to give Mia the scarf that I made her for Christmas! She really liked it, and I’m really happy. :o) If you’re interested, the pattern can be found here.


Here’s the long-shot showing the illusion DNA pattern. :o) By the way, this is Christmas Gift #1 to which I alluded earlier..

Mia got me Home Alone!! We’re watching it now! I haven’t seen this movie in forever.

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