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Holiday madness

Posted by jackie blue on December 21st, 2005

As everyone knows by now, there’s a transit strike in NY. I’m not a happy camper about this. Although I only commute 2 days and have the rest of this week to sit it out (though I lost a day’s pay yesterday when I wasn’t willing to walk to another borough – if I lived/worked near the borders maybe, but it was too long to even think about in this cold, or any time really) – it’s making a potential mess of holiday plans. I have too many things going on, some of which overlap, and I can’t even think straight enough to decide which events I will attend. I really just want to curl up in a little ball and watch movies and knit for the next week and a half.
I’ll spare you my opinions of this strike, I’ve already whined and ranted to various friends and family members.
A bit of holiday goodness though, I got these socks from Melissa and what beats getting hand knit socks in the mail? I love the colors and the pattern is really cool – it’s something I haven’t seen before, kind of a twirly rib. Thank you, Melissa!!
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There’s been knitting on this end too but I think I’ll save that post for tomorrow.

It’s been a busy weekend around here…

Posted by jackie blue on December 18th, 2005

Busy with baking. Around the holidays I always get an urge to bake a lot. I used to do decorated sugar cookies, and then I got into elaborate gingerbread houses, but this year I thought I’d go the basic cookie route. Borrowing some pages from the Martha Stewart Holiday Cookie special issue, I made Cashew Caramel cookies, Chocolate Shortbread bells, Lime Meltaways, and our own Cassie’s chocolate chip cookies.
Cassie must have the touch, because hers were scrumptious, mine came out too soft. They probably could have stood another few minutes in the oven. The cashew caramels would have been a great success if I had just thought to refrigerate them after drizzling the caramel – they never really set well and some stuck together and ruined the lovely drizzle effect.
The shortbread and the lime meltaways came out great. So I boxed ‘em up and they are little gifts for my dog run friends, my dog walker, and Mom of course.
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Me, I have some leftovers that didn’t look so nice, and many broken chocolate chip cookies. That’s OK, I’ll eat ‘em broken. Live and learn – and next time I do a big cookie fest, some knitting friends better look out!

Laugh of the Day

Posted by jackie blue on December 17th, 2005

This cracked me up. I just have to share. (Don’t just read, you really must listen. It’s great.)

One of the nicest things about knitting…

Posted by jackie blue on December 14th, 2005

…is seeing your gift recipient enjoying what you made.
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This is Ellery, aged 4.5 months, and the blanket I knit for him.