Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Less than a week till Christmas!
My shopping has mostly been online this year; my baking has been sporadic; I have knit nothing for gifts; we have the tree up and lights on the house.
The other day I went to pick something up from a shop downtown, and when I finally looked in the bag yesterday, I found there were only five things when there should have been six. Today I had to go back to get the last item.
I rode a share bike half the way there, walked the rest, and took the subway home.
Me in a subway station:
Friday, December 11, 2020
Three new dishcloths!
I don't know if anyone will get these for Christmas, since they are so blah coloured. Probably they will join the ranks here in the kitchen drawer. It may be time to retire some of our older models.
And now I suppose I have to go back to the mitten! I am reading a book now about tackling a big, fancy, multi-coloured knitting project. One mitten is nothing compared to Mary Tudor. If she can knit that sweater in a year (and write a book about it) I can surely knit one wee mitten in a month or so, right? Stay tuned.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Perhaps in a few years it will.
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Mid-November I made this list. It's not really a to-do list, as it turned out, but let's have a look.
- It's a month and a bit till Christmas.
- I have mailed away the only gift I have to mail, but I guess I should nag my husband about his side of the family.
- I have to write some cards. Cards to family and friends, and eventually cards to complete strangers via Ravelry. I think this year people need cheerful cards, and lots of them.
- I have not acquired all the gifts I want to give to family, because I am not sure what they want/need.
- All this decluttering and non-keeping makes gift-giving more stressful than it should be. Not everyone wants a piece of cheese (although a nice piece of cheese has sort of become a go-to present around here).
- I like to have Christmas cookies around but Stephen can't really eat them. I asked him what he wanted for treats and snacks and he says potato chips and wine. I suggest carrots and celery. He scoffs.
- There are other things to think about as well; this is supposed to be a to-do list.
- Knitting: the fancy mitten should take precedence, but it does require constant attention and so I have to have a back-up knit as well.
- I would love to sew all my old jeans up into a nice big blanket.
- Sew the fun blanket
- Knit the warm woolly mitten
- Make even more cookies
- Prepare for the how-do-we-socially-distance-in-the-house visit of my brother. We all lead pretty careful and solitary lives these days so I think the risk is low.
- I have to get to the good butcher shop and get a brisket for Christmas dinner.
- I have to decide upon a brisket recipe. Maybe that calls for its own blog post.
- We'll get the tree out and decorations up when youngest child returns from university.
- We hope to have a Zoom Christmas party. Maybe the 18th or so. If we are clever we can entertain people from England to Vancouver Island. I think that is eight time zones.