Snow is still on the ground, but the temps are warming up and I think by Wednesday it will be in the 50's. Fletch did see/hear that we have a good chance of snow on Christmas Day. Mailing's parents are hoping we can all go for a walk in Valley Forge on Christmas Day...we shall see. I would love a walk in a snow storm!
Our tree is up and fully lighted now and we have decided to leave it that way - no ornaments this year. I am missing seeing some of my favorites, but I am also really enjoying the simplicity of it and being lazy - lol. It will also make the post holiday clean up that much easier!
Fletch was able to find a nice thin one that is perfect for the small space we have in the living room. The tree is pretty fragrent and I love coming down in the morning and catching the scent of it. Tyg has been sleeping under it occasionally!
We did put a wreath on the front door. Years and years ago (like probably 35+) Fletcher's Mom gave us a pinecone wreath that she had made. I will try to get a picture of it to share. Right now it is just around 6 a.m. and still very dark. And I put a few of our favorite things out on the buffet. The jewel tree that Fletcher's Mom also made for us, the birch log we found on a hike years ago and then Fletch drilled holes for candles in it.
A bit of fresh holly and a little Santa in a canoe. I love the snowflake runner too.
I managed to finish up the little kitty socks for Mailing yesterday afternoon.
The grey at the cuffs and heels is sparkly and wow! what a PITA that was to work with...as well as the black yarn on size 1 needles. Intarsia in the round is not (for me) an easy thing - a bit fiddly. BUT, I do like the way they turned out and I hope Mailing likes them too. I decided to not put the whiskers on these. I like them just plain.
You all were so encouraging about going to the yarn shop that is closing...so I had to do that! I drove over Saturday afternoon and my timing was good as there was only one other person shopping then. The owner is retiring for a couple of reasons: 1) she has family moving back from CA and she wants to spend more time with them and 2) her "right hand assistant" for the past 10 years recently took a job in her chosen field of social work and is no longer helping/working at the shop. She was thinking of closing by 12/31, but told me she may stay open into the first or second week in January because there is still so much yarn in the shop. I found it to be pretty much picked over, but managed to find two skeins and everything was 45% off!
I've never knit with Berroco Sox before, but it is 75/25 and 100 grams (440 yards). The Manos Del Uruguay Alegria I have used previously. It is also 75/25 and 100 grams (445 yards). I may use that yarn for a shawl. Not sure yet. But the two skeins set me back a whopping $21.00. Not bad! All books were $5, but I didn't see anything worth getting. There was still a bit of Kidsilk Haze by Rowan, but the other Rowan yarns seemed to be gone. I may or may not go back before New Year's and see if the discount has been increased. There was some MadTosh sock yarn and a few other brands, but as I mentioned, pretty well picked over.
Today I'm heading back to the office. Turns out I have two more packages to ship out via UPS for Christmas! I also have a bunch of stuff I want to print in color, some things to print for Kevin and then overnight to him, and Bruce will be in the office and I need to meet with him. I only plan to be there a couple of hours, but we shall see.
I'll probably not be on the computer much for the next week or so (or I may be!!). There is wrapping that needs to be started (and finished) and some other things to do. So, if I'm not on line much let me take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday. And...Happy Winter Solstice - we are hoping to be able to see the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter tonight (last night was too overcast).