The 2nd Tie in the Christmas Tree Skirt

I finished knitting the 2nd tie a few days ago, but I didn’t have a chance to block it and take pictures of it till last night.

It’s a little difficult to see, since I took these pictures in our basement. I’ll have better pictures by next week when I bring it upstairs after seaming it together with my 1st tie.

In addition to knitting this tie, I have been trying to knit at least 2 rows on my AWHF Beaded Shawl every day. After completing the 2 rows this morning, I decided to count how many beads I had left to weave on. 168. It might seem like a lot, but that means I only have 36 more rows to knit! I’d do a dance around the house, except that every row takes me approximately 30 minutes to knit. 18 more hours till completion. I’m not sure whether to dance or cry.

The Christmas Whirlwind

A part of me is sad that Christmas is gone. The rest of me is grateful for the rest and relaxation. I can’t remember the last time I cooked so much. The final week leading up to Christmas involved waking up at 7am, taking Jake for a walk, and spending the rest of the day in the kitchen. I have no complaints, minus the sore feet. I truly do love to cook.

Not everything on my list got done though despite the marathon cooking episodes. I never did make my molasses cookies or dinner rolls. Goodness knows that we will still have Christmas cookies by Groundhog Day, so perhaps it’s a good thing I never made them.

The 3 cookies in front are my family’s look-alikes. From the left is me (in my apron), then Jake (with his collar on), and lastly Dan (with his beard).

Since you have to have dinner rolls, I cheated and bought them from the bakery. They were still homemade – just not by me. The rest of the Christmas Eve dinner came out lovely. Dan’s sister enjoyed the veggie dishes I made up and Dan’s SIL isn’t nearly as picky as my own sister!

The giving of Christmas presents was so much fun. Aunt Bette loved her Marjorie Mohair Stole. My sister plans to hang her Chili Pepper Quilt in her kitchen. Dan was thrilled to have a copy of Muppet Family Christmas, a movie they grew up watching every Christmas. What did Dan get me?

Isn’t it wonderful? It’s a rice cooker.

I tried it out last night with some chicken curry over top of it. The rice was delicious. No more Minute Rice for me. No, Sir! I’m converted.

Plus, Dan got me some chocolate, since my supply was running low. He’s so well trained now. It only took me 7 years to get him this way.