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  • knitting1105 2:49 pm on December 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Christmas 2010 

    Wow, a week since I posted last.  The week prior to Christmas is a self-imposed baking frenzy.  I grew up baking and decorating cookies with my family, so I naturally continued that tradition with my own children.  Slowly, we added one or two cookie types to the mix, and of course cashew brittle and fudge.  Then I started giving boxes of it away as gifts, first for one good friend, then added people.  Mostly my friends the Bermans, and I always gave a plate to whomever had their kitchen ripped up at Christmas as a result of our designs.  The past couple of years have not had any clients with demolished kitchens at Christmas, but have had people needing cookies for difficult times in their lives.  So this year we baked up a storm.  Sofia came home early to help, and we made lots:

    Included are:

    • Cashew brittle
    • Plain Fudge
    • Fudge with macadamia nuts
    • Decorated butter cookies
    • Ginger molasses cookies
    • Lemon meltaways
    • Banana nut cream sandwich cookies
    • Fruit filled thumbprint cookies
    • Chocolate covered peanut butter rolls
    • Double mint Chocolate cookies

    And, as Sofia always likes adding a tradition, we started last year with 2 trees.  One went up on the front porch at Thanksgiving, and the other in the living room for Christmas.  The lights go on early, and the tree waits until both kids are home to decorate.  College has meant only 3-4 days before Christmas lately.

    It would not be Christmas without stockings stuffed to the gill at our house, this is my kids favorite part.  My sister Diane shares the same affliction.  I think that it is growing up in a house with 10 kids, and my mother overwhelmed just to make sure that all the presents for everyone were fair, that stockings were a gold coin and a couple of pieces of candy at the toe.  To give her credit, she always made sure that we all had the same number of gifts, and that the same $ were spent on everyone (I saw one of her checklists one year to attest to this).

    And what is Christmas without a few handknit items?   For my husband, a looped scarf from wool that Jill and I got at a sheep farm in California that we visited, dyed with walnuts lining the proprietress’ driveway.  He is always complaining of a cold neck when he is working on the computer.  I had thought of some type of man-shawl, but did not think that he would really wear it.  This is a continuous loop, knit in garter stitch, about 7′ around.  I started with a provisional cast-on, and then wove the beginning and end together with Kirchner stitch to make a large loop, knit with size 6 needles.  It is very warm.

    And for my daughter, a second sock monkey (more photos of this finished and in progress tomorrow):

    Sofia also got this quilt that I had pieced when she was a baby, and it sat unfinished here for years.  I finally had it quilted this year, and I just finished sewing on the binding in time for Christmas:

    Poor Ethan got no hand-made items this year.  He is preparing to go to Japan for 6 months to work.  I hear it is actually cold there, and you have to take your shoes off at every entrance.  I think that I will make him a fine pair of knitted socks to take along.

    • Rae 7:49 pm on December 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am glad you & your family had a wonderful Christmas.


    • Alyssa 10:44 pm on December 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Those cookies look delicious! This is the first year I’ve ever been without Christmas cookies, so I’m jealous 🙂


    • barbaramary 11:48 am on December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the cookies – it’s a great idea to make lots for Christmas presents. I have been making biscuits on a small scale, but it would be good to extend it. I like the idea that you can chose your own traditions and extend them year by year – yes, why not? I’ll make a tradition of biscuit making.


  • knitting1105 11:50 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Chicken Sweaters 

    No, not sweaters that I am too scared to knit, but actual sweaters for chickens!

    My sister sent me this video link a few days ago.  I love the retired English ladies and their comments about knitting for chickens. Dan and I have been considering getting backyard chickens.  We are going to convert the kids old playhouse into a chicken coop.  It just might become the only chicken coop with a stained glass door.    This will be our first step towards that farm with Sheep and goats, and of course at least one horse.  We have successfully kept our current batch of worms alive, so we are on a roll.  I guess I should know how to knit a chicken sweater in case the need ever comes up.  Apparently, some chickens can lose their feathers if stressed, or picked on in the coop.  This poses a health threat to them, as they are vulnerable to the cold, insects and abrasions.  If you are truly interested, here is the pattern.  I think that I will keep it for future reference.  It is good to know that knitting always comes in handy.  I have often thought that it is a solution to most problems.  I just might be right!


    • Barbara 12:14 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think in the UK, chicken sweaters are often made for chickens rescued from a horrible life as battery hens in an egg-producing factory – they can go on to be happy free-range chickens in someone’s garden, but need to be kept warm while they grow more feathers. I’m sure your chickens will appreciate your knitting!


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