The Great Christmas Cookie Frenzy of 2011

Sunday was the Great Christmas Cookie Frenzy of 2011 with my friend Michele.  We baked a LOT of cookies.  And we still have more to do tonight.  So many cookies…..so very much need to go on a diet.
 
I did a lot of decorating, as Michele is very good at mixing and knows the recipes pretty well.  I did make the oatmeal raisin cookies.  They look pretty pathetic, but it’s all in how they taste, I suppose.
Enjoy the snapshots of results.  Oh, and the pugs belong to Michele.  The little fawn one is Chelsea and the black one is Boo Boo. 
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Beading Night Sans Beads and Quick Bits

Deb and I were both tired last night.  So, rather than bead, we just hung out in my living room and gabbed for a while.  Sometime you just need to do that with your gal pals. 
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“Now I’ve seen everything,” my coworker exclaimed as he watched me switch out pair of circular needles for a set of DPN’s.  I’m glad I have DPN’s to be a regular part of my knitting repertoire, but I guess to those who aren’t familiar with them, it must seem pretty crazy to be knitting with what looks like to be more than one needle.
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I know it’s early, but I gave my coworkers their Christmas gifts awhile.  I wanted them to get use out of the handmade items I crafted for each of them.  I’m not going to do this every year, keep in mind.  I love seeing faces of people when they get something made just for them.  It’s good to be the giver.

Hanukkah Holiday Fun

I am one-quarter Jewish, and always like to find small ways to celebrate that background.  On a whim, I thought I’d look for some Hanukkah crafting ideas.  What I found was a lack thereof.  Still, I did find some fun things that might be fun to surprise your Jewish friends and/or family with. 
Martha Stewart, the maven of domestication, has some really nice ideas on her web site.  There are a lot of good ideas here.
Simple dishcloths with a Hanukkah motif, links here and here, makes a fun little gift.  Knitters, grab your needles!
If you want send your Jewish neighbors a Hanukkah greeting, check out this fractal art card I made a while ago.  It’s blank so you can create your own message.  It’s also featured the image here today.
Oh, also don’t forget the food.  Hanukkah is a time of celebration, eating included.  Check out these vegetarian delights.

Christmas Crafting Stress

I need to stop getting myself all worked up over Christmas.  It happens every year.  And this year, it’s bad because I’m crafting a lot of stuff for people.  Granted, a lot of those things are already done, and I’m blowing things WAY out of proportion, as I usually do in situations such as these.  Still I have three projects that I agonizing over.
The first is a project that is taking itty bitty yarn on itty bitty needles.  It’s a lot slower going than what I am used to.  Still, that is a part of knitting.  And the pay off?  I know that when the recipient of this present sees it, he’ll get a big kick out of his gift.  That is what drives me on.
The second and the third are not so bad.  One, I am working on during my breaks at work, and the other hasn’t been started yet, but should only take a few days. 
Even as I write this, I see I have a plan.  Do I still get stressed?  Of course!  Is the prednisone that I’m still on making me squirrely?  Yes!  Am I just one big bipolar dork?  Absolutely! 
My goal is to be done with the two easy ones by the end of this week.  Only time will tell if I can do it.  Here’s to trying, at least.