December 2007

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas! We are gradually digging ourselves out of the mounds of gift wrap, and toy packaging, littering our house. We had a wonderful time and many, many giggles! I thought I’d pop into the blog for a moment to report on one of my knitted gifts. I was sooooo extremely flattered to have a request this year!

Last year, I knit my brother-in-law a pair of socks. Apparently, those socks have been in the “regular use rotation”!!! Woot!! So, he asked very nicely, and sincerely, for another pair. However, we generally draw names, among the adults, for Christmas gift giving, and I didn’t draw his name this year. I don’t know if it was a plan on his part, but at Thanksgiving he was wearing his hand-knit socks from last year. If he was trying to finesse me, it worked. I would be hard pressed to turn down any request; how could I turn down such sincerity, just because I didn’t draw his name??

So, this is the new addition to his sock wardrobe, and only my second completed pair of socks:


Retro Rib Man Socks


  • Retro Rib Socks
  • Source: Favorite Socks, by Interweave
  • Materials: Dream In Color Smooshy merino superwash; Cloud Jungle colourway
  • Needles: Two circular 2.5 mm needles
  • Modifications: Done toe-up with Gusset and Eye of the Partridge Heel. I used 72 stitches.


Retro Rib Man Socks


I was so relieved that the socks fit! Whew! I was also very pleased with the Dream In Color Smooshy yarn. I don’t know yet how it washes up, but I enjoyed knitting with it very much….and I think the colours are beautiful.


Retro Rib Man Socks


Many thanks to my brother-in-law for being a patient foot model, for allowing me to use his super-duper camera, and for pouring on the glorious compliments. He’s really too good at that! He can twist my rubber arm any time.


My goodness, the time is flying by! Christmas is fast approaching. I have so much to accomplish, and yet parties, concerts etc. are occupying my time. No complaints though! Fun. Fun. Fun. My five year old is the main party-goer! I have to say that viewing the Christmas season, through her eyes, is a very special treat. Oh, the excitement!!!!

I have been knitting some Christmas gifts. I can’t blog about them, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Fortunately, most of you are in the same situation, and can understand the dilemma. If you’re on Ravelry, you can see some of the projects I’m working on though. This is one case where having Ravelry still in beta mode comes in handy.

Here’s something I can talk about though. On the weekend, I went to our local Christmas arts and crafts sale. Vendors come from around the province for this event. I go every year, but I’ve never seen yarn there before. This year there was yarn! Lovely alpaca yarn, from alpacas raised right here in New Brunswick! I didn’t know that this alpaca farm existed. I should have taken a picture of the shop’s stand, but I didn’t have my camera with me. Boo! Here’s the yarn I bought though:


Baby Alpaca

  • 100% natural undyed baby alpaca, fingering weight, approximately 200 yards/skein
  • Purchased from Sunrise Alpacas, Grand Falls, NB, Canada. They don’t have a website yet, but they’re working on it. I can pass along their email address and telephone number, if anyone is interested.


Baby Alpaca


I was thinking of knitting Eunny’s Anemoi Mittens with this yarn. However, I don’t think I purchased enough for the main colour. Boo again! We’ll see; maybe I’ll have to send away for another skein.

More distractions from the stealth Christmas knitting…


Your Score: Fennel

You scored 50% intoxication, 50% hotness, 75% complexity, and 50% craziness!

You are Fennel!

You’re a cool cat. Crisp, clean, fresh, and extremely complicated. You’re like quantum physics or modern jazz. Think Niels Bohr meets Ornette Coleman. You may look normal now, but once you sprout, you look kind of, uh, funny.

Link: The Which Spice Are You Test written by jodiesattva on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Thank you for all of your comments on the animal blanket!! Wow. I so appreciate hearing from you!! The blanket has been sent to its new owner. I hope to get a photo of babe and blanket; that would be really nice. 🙂

Again, in the spirit of Anny Purls’ Holiday Gift Idea Meme, I thought I would tell you about some of my daughter’s favourite things. These items are well loved by my five year old girl. If you have a girl, of similar age, to find a gift for, maybe these items will provide you with some inspiration. Again, I’ve provided links; however, I have not necessarily purchased from these retailers. I can’t really comment on their online services. I just wanted to provide a link to a description, where I could find one.


Toys For Five Year Old Girls


Top row, left to right: Webkinz by Ganz plush pets. They’re so cute, I included two pictures…a lion and a tree frog. These are collected by my daughter’s friends.
My Book of Easy Crafts by Kumon Publishing. Creatures and toys can be created easily, by cutting nice quality images on the solid line, and folding on the dotted line. Tape or glue where indicated. I haven’t found another craft book like it.
My Chunky and Funky Scarf knitting kit for beginners. My daughter is learning to knit…and enjoying it!

Middle row, left to right: Curly the Cow, which I knitted for my daughter from a Debbie Bliss pattern. My daughter wanted it to be on this list! Awwww!
In the summer, you will not find my daughter outside without her Bug Collecting Kit. Seriously.
Miss Twiggley’s Tree. This book was my favourite as a child, and it was handed down to my daughter. It’s now one of her favourites as well. Some well loved, out-of-print, children’s books, such as this one, are being revived by the Purple House Press.

Bottom row, left to right: Schleich animals. They make all sorts of animals…from barnyard animals, to jungle animals, to dinosaurs. My daughter has some, but would love them all!
Madagascar movie.
Littlest Pet Shop Toys. These homely animals are also collected by the gals. No, I don’t know why.

I guess you can tell that my daughter is crazy about animals. No princesses or dollies for this girl! By the way, I just wanted to mention that I’m so acutely aware that gift giving is NOT the meaning of Christmas. Believe me when I say that I am grateful for all of my friends and loved ones, and feel very lucky that most of us will be together to celebrate this year. The gift giving, well that’s just a bonus. Maybe this list will give you some shopping ideas, and maybe it will distract you from the lack of knitting content in this blog. Stealth Christmas knitting is in progress. I shall say no more.