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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.