I like to make a special festive holiday cocktail for Christmas and New Year's. Chick drinks for when my home girls visit :). I pretty much pick them based on how pretty they are. For one event it was the "Cherry Bomb" a pretty reddish pink. This year I saw this on Pinterest. The most difficult part was finding the blue raspberry vodka. It probably would have been easier if I infused some of my backyard raspberries with plain regular vodka. Eventually the man at the liquor store found a bottle of blue raspberry vodka for me :). Ursula brand with polar bears on the label. I wasn't sure exactly which "sour mix" to use because it comes in powder and liquid so I tried the powdered version. It worked.
2 oz. Blue Raspberry Vodka.
1 oz. sour mix
1 oz. clear regular Vodka
Blue crushed candy canes (I used green)
Add a bunch of ice and blend.
Top with crushed, preferably blue, candy cane and then "let it go, let it go" :)
Zick Zack scarf is a free pattern on Ravelry. It's a brainless pattern. Every row is the same so it's a good one to work on in social settings. I worked on mine a lot on an 1100 mile (one way....jeesh) trip recently :). In the mail today for a friend for Christmas :). Fa la la la la la :)
My sister in law just sent me two more pics of quilts I made for them in the early 90s. They are holding up pretty good. It turns out the "permanent" markers they sell at quilt shops for you to use when writing your labels really aren't permanent. Some of the labels on the quilts made in the early 90s are faded and difficult to read. These were made when I was still hand quilting. I do it only occasionally now. I have a queen size whole cloth almost done and two other quilts in the works.
Looking forward to my subscritpion of Simply Vintage magazine to get to my house. I hope it's soon. It looks absolutely adorable. I just got a thank you card and gift from the publishers to thank me for my subscription. How classy is that :) They sent me a box of Tulip Hiroshima applique needles. I almost bought them at a local quilt shop. Glad I didn't waste my money now :) Working on a lot of Christmas stuff but I can't post pictures now. Will have to wait until after Christmas so as not to ruin any surprises. Some of my friends are also my blog followers. Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time! Waiting for the carpet guys to get here today to carpet two rooms and then this weekend kicking into high gear to get ready for Christmas and company! I hope it's a white one :)
We went to my sister in law's for Thanksgiving. She brought out a quilt that I made her. I have no memory at all of making it. :) That was before I had a blog and I never was very good at keeping track of what I gave away. Honestly she could have told me she found it at a second hand store and I would not have been any wiser but I did put a label on the back. Apparently I made it for her immediately after the first attack on U.S. soil by savage Islamic extremists on 9-11-2001. I do remember making these patriotic Christmas decorations days after the attack on the World Trade Center. Here's the link to those:
I can't believe my nephew still has the baseball quilt I made him back in 2003. It's held up really well over the years and was one of the first I did when I first got my Gammill longarm machine. Now he's serving in the Army doing what he can to keep us safe from deranged Islamic killers.
My local yarn shop had a pet costume contest this past Halloween. You had to submit a photo of your pet wearing a knit costume. My dog won :) She had some stiff competition. An alpaca wearing a scarf is pretty impressive :). The prize was a gift card so.....more sock yarn :)
Christmas countdown.....I got this :) Vanilla sock pattern generated from Sock Wizard software. Yarn is Online Super Socke and the color is Vegas. Used reinforcing thread on the eye of partridge heel. On to the next pair :)
Yesterday I went to the Fiber Festival of New England. As usual, it was awesome. Besides the incredible vendors and samples they had displayed, the crowd showing up wearing their knitted wearables was so much fun to look at. For a change, I remembered to wear something I made (the holey moley scarf). I even saw one of the vendors had one displayed too. Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets had an absolutely gorgerous, fun and funky sweater displayed. It's called the Water World Sweater. See the picture below :) (Yes I asked permission to take the photo.) My friend told me that sweater is totally you and you should make it. Well I bought the pattern and maybe after the holidays I'll take a crack at it :) I didn't see it on Ravelry as a download but I'm sure if you like it, you could contact Ellyn and order it. www.ellyncoopersyarnsonnets.biz.
After the fiber festival, we at at a vegetarian restaurant (a first for me) and it was really good.
Then we had to hit Webs, the yarn mega-store. I could get lost in the backroom alone :)
I came home with so many really neat ideas for future projects and gifts. I could have gone to a quilt show on Friday but I was just not into it. I looked at the vendor list on line and it was only so so. I'm starting to think after 30 yrs. of quilting, there really isn't anything new out there in the quilt world. Just the same old rehashed stuff. I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest or foreign bloggers and not local quilt shops or quilt shows lately. You get to a point where all you have to do is see a picture and you know you can do it without a pattern.
I do like a French quilting magazine that just came out with an English version. It's called "Simply Vintage". A local quilt shop is getting it and if you sign up, she'll call you to let you know when she gets the magazine in but.............she's charging $20.00 over the subscription price.....so getting the subscription and saving myself $20, time and gas was a no brainer.
Here are some pics from the Fiber Festival. I'd go to one of these every weekend if I could :)
I ended up buying yarn in the Bruins and Nashville Predators colors, alpaca and merino blend sock yarn, small feet sock blockers, an awesome deal on Lamb's Pride bulky (for thrummed mittens for next year's Christmas gifts) and a little thingy called a Wristaff (more on that thingy in another post). Next yarny events SPA weekend in Maine and Vogue in NYC. :)
So today I started my Christmas preparations officially. I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet but I get off really easy this year for Thanksgiving. I don't have to clean, cook or entertain. I just need to show up and make my sweet potato casserole :)
I've already knitted a couple of presents. Two of the quilts are done. The finished gifts are in the "staging area" of the "Christmas Command Post" (previously known as the pantry). I also put up a Christmas tree in the command post. Before anyone gets their tinsel in a tangle, it's a very small tree...so it doesn't count :) I convince myself every year that I can do Christmas better, bigger, merrier and more festive than the previous year. I'm basically Clark "Sparky" Griswold in yoga pants and Uggs and I make no apologies for it :)
So today I went through a couple of hundred of the following:
1) Christmas cookbooks,
2) Christmas knitting books and magazines
3) Christmas decorating books and magazines
4) ,Christmas counted Cross Stitch books, magazines and patterns
5) Christmas Quilting books/patterns and
6) Christmas doll patterns. Santas, reindeers, angels, snowmen...the whole gang is here.
I've stuck Post Its to all of this year's potential ideas while listening to Christmas music and burning a Christmas Cookie candle.....in 70 degree weather. Work with me Mother Nature. I'm trying to get my Fa La La on :) . Dragging out all of this stuff makes me happy and we're going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas ever. Fa la la la la :)
Getting ready for Thanksgiving. Just finished this little Butter Ball today. The pattern is Tallman Turkey by Abbey Lane Designs. He's pretty big....around 32 inches tall. It's an old pattern copyright in 1999 so I had trouble finding some of the materials needed. I couldn't find the Sugar Shaggy Felt or any other shaggy felt in a color that would work. I managed to find something that would work in the home dec clearance section of Joann's. Rather than make another trip to the store for the ribbing for the socks, I just knit a pair of leg warmer type stockings out of novelty yarn from Michael's. The feathers called for stiff felt. I couldn't find it on line or on Amazon. Joann's only had it in a very limited number of colors so I ended up using regular felt that I stitched and fused to Peltex 72F Double Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer (again Joann's). His feet are filled with sand and polymer beads. The legs are dowels connected to a piece of wood that is the lower half of his body. The hair is the same novelty yarn I used for the stockings. All the rest of the fabrics were from my stash. I made the "feathers" detachable by securing them with Velcro. I thought that might make it easier to store him. My contribution to the Thanksgiving dinner this year. I'm not cooking this year :)
My first attempt at making matching socks. I was doing good until I got to the toe. It's a little off... but oh well it's a sock and goes in a shoe so no big deal. I also reinforced the heel and dropped down 1/2 a size to do the heel and heel turn. The yarn is Knitting Fever Indulgence from the luxury collection and it has a bit of cashmere in it which makes it very soft. Pattern is just a basic vanilla sock with eye of partridge heel flat.
Frozen quilt I made using three different Frozen fabrics. It's a birthday present for one of my favorite munchkins so I'm going to have to "let it go, let it go". :) One of fabrics was a panel that I cut apart. Got the fabric at Joann's using a coupon. Five dollars a yard you just can't beat. Despite what the quilt snobs say, I found this fabric to be a really good quality. I'd match it up to quilt shop fabrics. I used a snowflake pantograph called "Winter White" by Dave Hudson. I got it at Columbia River Quilting. I buy a lot of my longarm supplies from them. Great company. Pleasant and fast service. Here's the link to the panto: http://columbiariverquilting.com/ds_winter_white.html
This is for my sister in law in TN. Her birthday isn't until November but by November I'll be up to my eye balls in doing Christmas gifts including one for her so we moved her birthday to the start of hockey season when her Preds hit the ice. Then I'm hoping to have her Christmas present done by Thanksgiving when I see her so I don't have to mail it. For Christmas she gets nothing but she's cool with that. Somebody draw me a schematic so I can keep track of who is getting what when :)
Got the yarn on Etsy from an indy dyer. Preds colors for my misguided sister in law. :) Just kidding..I know you're reading this. ;) I had to wait till you got your gifties in the mail before I posted this. Happy early birthday.
Pattern was generated by Sock Wizard software.
Here she is at Bridgestone area tonight wearing them to the game :)