Making up for lost time…

Well, it’s been a while!  After sitting for the last two days and catching up on all my blogs, I noticed quite a few that have only posted once in the last month or so.  I guess it is all the crafting, and cooking, and decorating we all try to do.  There is also the regular working thing that has to be done in between all that.  HAHA! 

My Thanksgiving and Christmas were both great this year.  Every Thanksgiving we visit Hubby’s family in Virginia and make a side trip to North Carolina if possible.  We had great weather, ate well, and our flights were all on time.  Here’s our clan on Hubby’s side, it was pretty bright out on the front porch.

Our Christmas was pretty good too!  Mom, Diva Sister and the boys all spent the night Christmas Eve, so Santa came to my house this year!  We had a big dinner with turkey, dressing, various salads, and cassaroles.  I made my Grammie’s yummy apple pie, and my Mother-in-laws delicious chocolate pecan pie.  One small thing… when I say turkey, I use that term loosely.  There wasn’t a whole lot of turkey left after this little gal got a hold of it:

Yup… sometime in the early morning, she got into the kitchen sink and ate two wings and more than half a breast.  She has been paying for it with an upset tummy.  I would say that I didn’t think she would do it again after this belly-ache she’s had, but I know I’d be wrong.  Doesn’t she look like she wishes she hadn’t done it? 

Just a little sampling of the events:

     

I am off for the next week and looking forward to catching up with some serious knitting. Will show you some really soon!

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Texas has a Fiber Festival?

Really?  Is it celebrating the cotton plant?  Or, the silk worm?  Maybe, the flax (linen) plant?  Because, really wool is crazy, right?  HAHA!  If you like to knit, you are going to knit with wool at some point.  So, the Pirate, Squid, Pirate Mom and I were off to Kid & Ewe and Llamas, Too! 

It isn’t a really big festival… but there were a lot of classes (that we didn’t take) and a decent amount of wool.  There were also musicians! And cashmere goats! 

    

Now, about the goats… cashmere goats should mean cashmere yarn, right?   We found one bag where they were showing the goats, but other than that… nada!  We kept thinking we were missing something.  But, it wasn’t very big, so we aren’t really sure where they would have hidden it.

So, now you must be thinking… What about the haul???   Check it out!  Notice a theme? 

On the left, we have a silk blend, in “Hook ’em Horns” orange, at the top left, is Brooks Farm Arcero, and the 4 skeins on the right side and right bottom, i Plain & Fancy, Sheep & Wool Co. from a farm in Henderson, TX.  I also got a couple new shawl patterns and can’t wait to get started!  But, I do have a ton of other projects to finish first.  HA!  (Who doesn’t, right?)  It was a fun trip and a great opportunity to spend time with my friend the Pirate and the Squid as well as Pirate’s Mom!  Also, of course, there is the fact that I got to buy yarn.  This self imposed yarn diet, with the one cheat rule (souvenir yarn is allowed) was getting a little tough.  I feel much better now!

Mayo, Mustard, let’s Ketchup!

Hey y’all!  I think we have this new blog under control.  At least it is here and one of us is blogging!  YEAH!  So, what all has happened since the last we spoke?  I have a couple finished projects, that unfortunately, you will have to see later because I don’t have pictures of those.  But, I do have a few pics of Italy!  We had a great time.  I was pretty disappointed in the yarn stores, but honestly… I didn’t go to Italy to buy YARN!  HAHAHA!  I bought a bag of yarn, something I may never use, but hey, it wasa great souvenier.  It is a berry colored ribbon yarn. 

How about some pictures?

This is me and the hubby in Florence at the Ponte Vecchio.   Yes, I am wearing the Tuscany shawl!

This is me doing some of my favorite things… knitting and drinking wine!  We packed a picnic lunch and trekked out to the Pitti Palace Gardens.  We loved our day in the gardens, we had such a nice relaxing time.

   

Look!  It’s a leaning tower!  (Pisa of course)  A little wine and Tuscany at the Roman Colluseum. 

Remember the Sea Silk that I was going to make another Tuscany out of? 

Here is the NEW Tuscany traveling from Florence to Rome.  I still have a bit to go, but it’s coming along nicely.  I love the way the Sea Silk looks and feels in this pattern. 

I have finished one of the two pairs of socks I am making for my SIL’s.  I finished it on the way home from Italy.  I have almost finished the first sock on the second pair. 

I hope to have another post coming soon, with more pics of some finished projects, but until then, thanks so much for stoping by!