a dillydallyknitter: December 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cpurl Year in Review

I saw this on LadyLungDoc's blog, who saw it on Ruth's blog and borrowed the idea, which is to post a line or two from each blog month of the past year. It's funny how each random little snippet can take me back to a particular place in life and the issues or feelings, good or bad, I was dealing with at the time. It's a lot like when you pick up your knitting and instantly flash back to what you were doing/watching/listening to, the last time you were working on the project.

January 25, 2007
I posted a peek of this yarn the other day for Valkryie but can't resist a full frontal

Feb 14, 2007
Ali gave me VD love!

March 12, 2007
Not to be upstaged, Cary does his imitation of a meerkat

April 25, 2007
The seemingly endless saga of my dental woes continues and today was another round in the chair (only 1 shot on the pain-o-meter & 15 minutes of nitrous).

May 21, 2007
My favorite snacks while knitting at home are those that are easy to eat, like the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers pictured below. I can even lean over and suck one in like a little vacuum so as not to break my knitting stride or mess my fingers.

June 24, 2007
The night before we attended the luminaria Ceremony of Hope which kicks off with a group of survivors walking a lap lined with candlelit (or, in our case, glow sticks)luminarias; each one bearing the name in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of loved ones.

July 15, 2007
Ok, this is where I had planned to post my mystery stole update. But today, after hours and hours (did I say hours?) I finished Clue 3 and felt so good about it I took a few photographs. But after I loaded the photographs I noticed so many errors I wanted to cry. Silly huh? Well, I thought about just knitting on but I knew the mistakes would plague me forever so I ripped it off and tossed it in the garbage.

August 27, 2007
Our LYS is spending Wednesday nights this August knitting bears for the Mother Bear Project. This is a good reminder when I need to remember there are starving kitties in Iraq. (See Bezzie's post from ...)

Sept ? 2007
I signed up for a webring called Blogstalking 2: The Reawakening and, frankly I'm relieved since my blog was about to be awarded the Your Blog Sucks Girl Blogger award.

Oct 17, 007
Cpurl's Mom (while waiting for a table at a Japanese restaurant): What are you working on?Cpurl: It's a sleeve--see? (cpurl puts it on her wrist)Cpurl's Mom: "Won't that make you look bulky?"The truth hurts.

Nov 4, 2007
This has nothing to do with old photos, but a few weeks ago I was out with Muggle friends K & J and, I swear this is true, a happy face appeared in our pizza

Dec 15, 2007
So there you have it. I've suffered a fate equal to landing in an insane asylum or being homeless.
But, at the end of the movie, Clarence leave a note for George that says "Remember no (wo)man is a failure who has friends."
It this regard, I have indeed, a Wonderful Life.

Knitting wise, I'm too lazy to do a photo collage but here's my year's worth of knitted work:

Fetchings: 1
Flowerbasket Shawl=1
Noni Bag=1
Baby Hats=6*
Baby Sweaters=2
Golf Club covers=3

*knit for charity projects

Not as productive as I would have liked but more than I thought.

Next year's resolutions:
1.Get Healthy
2.Get Organized-clear out clutter
3.Participate in Project 365/52

I've even set up a blog to post my photos on a weekly basis: Cpurl's Project 365

I'm full of year end good intentions and I'm sure this is going to be harder to keep up with than I think , but I hope it will be a fun way to make sure I add a dose of creativity to every day. What I suspect is that I'll end up of 365 photos of yarn + cats.

I leave you with my favorite photos of the year:

Mika as a therapist:

And a shot I took at Natural Dye class:

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Only 364 Days Until Christmas!

Christmas was fun! We made merry and overate and spent too much and had a great time.

My sister loved her new Knucks (she received another pair just like these):

Cary loves his new Scratch Lounge (even though he doesn't look like it):

I Kinneared my sister watching TV on my Mom's sofa:

Later that night, she Kinneared me while trying to sneak a photo of me with cookie crumbs all over my face:
And, proof that cats are like furry kids: Surrounded by gifts, they rather play in the box they came in:

I received many wonderful gifts of the Knitterly type from my sister and muggle friend K and am a very spoiled cpurl who is now very much looking forward to spending time relaxing and knitting.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Wrap-Up

Mika, I think I see Santa!!
Where!? Where!?

I've been a bad blogger of late, just a little too overwhelmed with the Holiday madness. Here's my Christmas Scorecard Update:

Christmas cards written = Check!
Cookies baked = still 0 but some lovely friends have given me treats
Cards addressed = Check!
Presents wrapped = Check!
Halls decked = Check!
Christmas gifts knitted = 4/5 (Mama gets a raincheck)
Christmas shopping Done= Check!
House ready for guests = If you don't open the closets, what the heck, just come on over and have a glass of wine: Check!

So what have I been up to? In no particular order:

Just this morning, I went on a last-minute mission trip to Target and scored a parking place near the front! It's a Christmas Miracle!
On Saturday night I hosted my 5th annual Fondue party (3 kinds of cheese fondue + 2 types of chocolate) for some fabulous friends I made at a former job and here's the 1AM party aftermath:

I finished up the Knucks for my sister:

And the golf club covers for my Dad:

Last Sunday, LCK and Soon to be Blogging Friend, B, came over for a knitted ornament swap and toasted my Birthday with some cake and champagne:

Betts made this gorgeous beaded lace ornament:

LCK made this adorable stocking ornament:

And I made some silly snowmen:

Merry Christmas Knitty Pals!

God Bless you all! I hope Santa is good to you all!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ho Ho Hum

Saturday Morning Holiday Scorecard:

I cracked up when I read this on Karen's blog so I had to steal her idea.

10 days before Christmas and here's where I'm at:

Christmas cards written = 0
Cookies baked = 0
Cards addressed = 0
Presents wrapped = 0
Halls decked = 1
Christmas gifts knitted = 3/5 (and I'm not doing anything ambitious)
Christmas shopping = 80% completed

And the one that scares me the most, so much so that I'm blogging instead of doing something about it:
House ready for guests = 10%

Last night I watched "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV while working on my knitting projects. This is my favorite part: We've learned that George has discovered, in a world where he never existed, his the pharmacist is an alcoholic bum, his Uncle is in the insane asylum, his mother is bitter and alone, her brother is dead but what what horrible, unspeakable fate has fallen on his wife Mary?

George: Where's Mary?
Clarence: Oh well...I can't...
George: I don't know how you know these things but tell me, where is she? If you know where she is, tell me, tell me where my wife is...
Clarence: I'm not supposed to tell!
George: Please Clarence, tell me where she is!
Clarence: You're not going to like it George...
George: Where is she?
Clarence: She's an OLD MAID. She never married.

So there you have it. I've suffered a fate equal to landing in an insane asylum or being homeless.

But, at the end of the movie, Clarence leave a note for George that says "Remember no (wo)man is a failure who has friends."

It this regard, I have indeed, a Wonderful Life.

This morning I went with muggle friend, newly Juris Doctored, KG to deliver the Adopt-a-Family gifts to a single Mother with 4 kids. It was so heartwarming and a joy to see her big smile as we piled her front entry way with gifts and food. As we drove off we were both beaming with huge smiles. Suddenly, my messy house, and impossible "to do" list are no longer a big deal.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Gansta Kitties Stage Annual Attack on Holy Family

Santa Not Amused



WIP posts become pretty sparse this time of year because:

a) major slowdown in productivity
b) WIPs are also secret projects

My sole offering this week is the first of three golf club covers for my Dad.
The pattern is the Spiral Golf Club Covers by Sarah Peasley, Handknitter
I'm using Cascade 220 in Navy, 8393
and Tumeric, 2823

These are going to be some warm golf clubs.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Zombie Kitties Invade Cpurl's Home

Actually they were supervising the Christmas decorating that was going on at the house and preparing for the:

2007 Gangsta Kitty Ornament Count: 3


I've been remiss with the Yarn Pr0n posts of late so here is a make up post:

Koigu Kersti
100% Merino Wool
Colorway: ummm need to check the ballband!

I've already knit this into a secret knitting project. It's a gift so I can't show the FO but knittyheads will know it when I say it rhymes with "chucks".