Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Yarn Along: Year End Tally and New Goals
Now that Christmas Day has come and gone, and I showed the work in progress to the recipient, I can show you my finished (not blocked - but I'm still counting it for 2014) Pear Scented Candle Shawl for my MIL. The plan is to block it tomorrow, and send it to her the following day - well within the 12 days of Christmas. I was hoping to finish Equinox before the end of the year, but I was too tired. There are about 45 rounds on the last sleeve, and the blocking to do. I'd like to get a picture of my friend wearing the cowl I made before I post the final photos for that, but here is my list of finished objects for the year:
- Sweet Pea Car Seat Blanket for Eleanor - knit January 5
- Saint Catherine of Alexandria for publication - knit February 2
- Belmont Boot Toppers - crochet February 5
- Epipa Cabled Booties for Nejat - knit February 6
- Pencil Case for Elijah - crochet March 25
- Saint Catherine Hat for Nejat - knit March 30
- Laetare for publication - knit April 4
- Shoulder Shrug for Fesah' for Nejat - knit April 12
- Eyelet Shruglet for Mariam - knit April 19
- Shoulder Shrug for Fesah' for Yasmina - knit April 24
- April Hat for publication - knit April 27
- April Vest for publication - knit April 29
- Variation on Saint Catherine of Alexandria for Nejat - knit April 30
- Ring Around the Rosy Scarf for Me - knit May 14
- April Burp Cloth free pattern - knit May 29
- Wise Old Owl Kindle Cover for Dominic - knit & crochet May 31
- Tacky Business Tie Bookmark for Father's Day - crochet May 31
- Equinox Swatch Hat - knit June 28
- Heart Felt Bowl for Yasmina - knit June 28
- Bitty Baby Soaker for Hazel - knit July 31
- Baby Bib for Hazel - knit August 25
- Baby Ventus for Jasmine - knit August 30
- Unbirthday Wristers for Christina's Unbirthday - knit September 25
- Fog Bank (adjustable headband) for Christina's Unbirthday - knit October 16
- Blueberries and Cream for Rose - knit October 29
- Saint George for Alexander - knit November 4
- Twists and Turns for Jill's Unbirthday - knit November 6
- Memory Blanket for Baby IES - knit & crochet November 16
- Newborn Baby Cardigan for Hagen - knit & crochet December 6
- Sea Smoke Revision for Publication - knit December 10
- Pear Scented Candle Shawl for Carol - knit December 31
That's just over two and a half items each month. Which isn't too shabby for a homeschooling mother of eight, I think. I did do more designing, even submitting some proposals to Interweave Knits (though they were rejected this time), and having a design accepted in a book coming out this spring. There are a few unfinished items that I wanted to get done earlier this year, and I still plan on working on them this new year. My goals for the coming year are similar to what they are each year:
- Make more for myself. It's so rare that I keep knit items (though I did better last year).
- Knit with beads.
- Make more socks.
- Publish at least six more designs. Corollary to this is to make another serious attempt (or more) to submit to a major knitting publication, and to start working with Knit Picks to publish some designs.
In the reading department, The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot was such a fun and clever read. I was checking it out to see if it would be appropriate for and interesting to our younger kids, and I really like it. We're getting the next book in the series from the library, too. I have about six days to finish Christ in His Saints, and I think I might make it. The goal was to have it completed before we started school up again. It's been such a good book, but hard to read all in a sitting or two, because each character sketch causes one to think and want to read more and savor a little. Though it has taken me a long time to read it, that is not an indictment of the book, it is to its credit, actually.
My book list for the year. I didn't realize until making this list that I didn't finish a single book in the month of April:
- Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life
- The House of Hades
- The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
- Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother's Quest for Patience, Peace and Perseverance
- Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
- Blackberry Pie Murder
- Dreams of the Golden Age
- Mozart's Last Aria
- Austenland: A Novel
- Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting
- Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
- A Spoonful of Murder (A Soup Lover's Mystery)
- After the Golden Age
- Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! It's Beauty Day
- Midnight in Austenland: A Novel
- Death Comes to Pemberley
- Yarn to Go (A Yarn Retreat Mystery)
- Night of the Living Thread (A Threadville Mystery)
- Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body
- Theology of His Body / Theology of Her Body
- The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
- The Quick and the Thread: An Embroidery Mystery
- Yarn Over Murder (Knitting Mystery)
- Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home (Advent and Christmas)
- Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints
- Stitch Me Deadly: An Embroidery Mystery
- Thread Reckoning (Embroidery Mystery, Book 3)
- The Long Stitch Good Night: An Embroidery Mystery
- Extra Yarn
- Moon Spinners (Seaside Knitters, Book 3)
- Thread on Arrival: An Embroidery Mystery
- Cross-Stitch Before Dying: An Embroidery Mystery
- The Wedding Shawl: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
- Thread End: An Embroidery Mystery
- The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus
- Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of 'The Iliad'
- A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitters Mystery, Book 6)
- Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home (Epiphany and Lent)
- Angora Alibi: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
- Murder in Merino: A Seaside Knitters Mystery
- The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot
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Monday, December 29, 2014
Menu Plan: Days Four Through Ten of Christmas
We are well into the 12 days of Christmas. Our plans for Christmas were unexpectedly changed last week, and it put my meal planning off as well, so we just scrapped it and had time with our family and friends. The kids' guardians (they get our children if both Rich and I die) and godparents to about five of them, plus their son, who is our godson, and Rich's mother were able to come spend Tuesday through Saturday with us. It made it a bit more complicated and crowded, but I think was still nice. Rich had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off from work already, so he took Saint Stephen off as well, and we had him home from Wednesday until he had to go back to work on Monday.
Our 18th anniversary is Wednesday, which is pretty exciting. We're not doing anything exciting, though. We are going to have a nice dinner with our family, then heading out to have drinks and hors-d'ouevres and to hear some live music in town, and coming home to ring in the New Year with our kids. As is our family tradition, we spread the cooking and decorating out through all the 12 days, so each day we make some fun cookie or candy or treat and the kids find a way to decorate our house. Mostly, though, we get to take some down time and they work on crafts or projects they received as gifts and read books and just have a relaxing, non-demanding time.
This week's menu has no fasting in it at all, but because of the day Epiphany falls next week, we will be back to our normal schedule.
- Sunday - Feast of the Holy Innocents
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Apples, Milky Tea
Dinner: Loaded Nachos with Chorizo, Apple Slices
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast, Sliced Oranges, Milk and Tea
Dinner: Fromage Fort*, Crackers, Pomegranate Pips, Sliced Apples, Fudge (Snack Tray)
Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Toast, Oranges, Milk and Tea
Dinner: Braised Shoulder of Lamb, Steam Sauteed Carrots, Herbed Cous Cous
Breakfast: Christmas Bread and Butter, Fruit, Bacon, Milky Tea
Dinner: Crab Linguine with Lemon Cream Sauce, Buttered Green and Yellow Beans, Cranberry Cherry Pie , Eggnog
- Thursday - Feast of the Circumcision and Holy Name of the Lord
Breakfast: Baked French Toast with Leftover Christmas Bread and Eggnog, Bacon, Fruit, Hot Chocolate
Dinner: Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Steam Sauteed Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, and Italian Beans, Christmas Cookies
Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole, Fruit, Milky Tea
Dinner: Dinner Out with the Family
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Bacon, Fruit, Milky Tea
Dinner: Not Texas Chili and Cornbread
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Yarn Along: Finishing and New Patterns
It is nine days before Christmas, and I am still not doing marathon Christmas knitting. I am only working on one project for Christmas, actually, which I can't share here yet. I have one finished, of which I need to get a better picture to post, and I've given up on getting the Channukah present finished, as it does not have time to get there tonight, or this week. It will have to be a present for another time.
Since we had almost a week away last week, for Rich's work, I was able to do a lot of knitting and finishing. I'm pretty close to finished with Equinox. I did get Sea Smoke finished, revised, and rewritten. The hostess at our bed and breakfast, A Cascade View was a knitter and I was able to tag along with her to her knitting circle and have a morning of knitting. That was a lot of fun.
Rich took this picture of me at one of the evening events for his conference. I'm wearing my ring around the rosy scarf (which two of the commissioners' wives tried to take from me) and the lights made a fun effect.
Two patterns have been published this week!
This is Mariam, though when she saw it, she thought it was Nejat.
Hoar Frost (the hat) can be bought on Ravelry
I had to take the picture with Lucy, because Nejat would not cooperate.
Sea Smoke can also be purchased on
Remember to favorite and queue them, but most of all, please enjoy them!
This week, we are focusing on music, crafts and cooking - art and home economics, with a bit of Latin, math (geometric calculations and conversions), and kitchen chemistry to boot. Three of the kids are knitters, and have projects they are working on, so I'm helping with that, and the rest are painting and building and doing all sorts of other, fun, creative work.
While we were traveling, I finished A Fatal Fleece (Seaside Knitters Mystery, Book 6) and did some more reading in Christ in His Saints. I've so enjoyed this book, but it is taking me a long time to finish it completely. I'm hoping that during our Christmas break I can get all the way through it.
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