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December 30, 2004

Alive and Well

Ahhhhhh! That's how I can best sum up my feeling this week. I survived the craziness that work brought on right before Christmas and I'm now enjoying a week+ off work.

Christmas was wonderful! My Mom, brother and sil came over Christmas day. I cooked and baked like crazy and things went off smoothly.

As for gifts, I couldn't be luckier! I got a new digital camera* (I've been coveting one for months), some accessories for it (including a tripod for some solo picture taking sessions), a blocking board, the knitter's purse, a new crock pot, some candles and a few other smaller items. The blocking board is backordered so I'm still waiting to see it.

Monday I spent the day at my mom's and it was just what I needed. I sat on the couch and knitted ALL DAY! I got through 1.5 repeats on St Brigid (uhm, in a new colorway):

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I think this is finally it. I was forcing it to be a dark color and it just didn't fit. The cables pop beautifully -- just what this pattern needed.

Yesterday I got together with Katy in the city. We stopped by a very crowded Purl. And can you believe it? I didn't buy a single skein of yarn! I did however get a bargain on AS's Celtic Collection -- 13 bucks! I couldn't leave it behind.

After Purl we ate lunch at a Thai place and then found a coffee shop to get in some knitting. I brought along another new project -- Clapotis:

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What a great little pattern! So easy to memorize, and the dropping of the stitches makes you just want to keep knitting. I can completely understand why people say they'd want to make more than one.

I also joined Alison's sockapalooza. What could be better than getting my very own pair of handknit socks! Made just for me -- not by me!

As for the rest of the week, I have more of the same planned. More knitting, more getting together with friends, and lots more knitting.

I'm going to take off the rest of the week from blogging and come back refreshed on Monday. I just don't want to spend much time in front of the computer and I don't want to write entries just to write them.

So, I'll be back -- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed -- next week.

Have a wonderful New Year!

* the blurry pics can be blamed on the learning curve for the new fancy-schmancy camera.

December 30, 2004 in Clapotis, St Brigid | Permalink

Comments

Yeah! What a perfect reason to be absent and continue to be absent, see you Monday!

Posted by: Johanna | Dec 29, 2004 10:49:12 PM

Oooh, those cables are looking beautiful. That's a pattern that's been on my wish list for a long time. Fun to see someone else working on it! That Clapotis is very pretty too. Can't wait to see it all done!

Posted by: alison | Dec 29, 2004 11:23:12 PM

Funny, I thought you had a copy already--looking at it at your house was part of why I bought *my* $13 copy of Celtic Collection at Purl over Thanksgiving... St. Brigid looks good, though. Have you started Gerbera yet?

Posted by: Naomi | Dec 30, 2004 1:11:56 AM

Lovely Clapotis! I have been working on one too. Halfway finished with light blue cashmerino aran.
Dont you love dropping the stitches?

Posted by: Ronni | Dec 30, 2004 6:52:31 AM

The colors for Clapotis look great! What yarn are you using?

Posted by: Susie | Dec 30, 2004 9:32:37 AM

It's good to have you back! Enjoy your New Year and have a great time knitting this weekend.
St. Brigid is looking so good and your Clapotis colors are wonderful!!

Posted by: Margene | Dec 30, 2004 11:24:13 AM

Jody, Clapotis is addictive! I just finished a full size one and have another one going in a scarf widith. What yarn are you using for yours? I love the colors in yours.

Posted by: mia | Dec 30, 2004 1:57:39 PM

Sounds like you had a great holiday. I am so jealous you got a new digital camera. I want one really, really bad but can't justify until my old one conks out. And I love the new color for St. Brigid. It really let's you see the detail and one knit all those cables if they just blend into the woodwork!

Posted by: Allison | Dec 30, 2004 3:08:56 PM

Yay for clapotis. i recently caught the clapotis fever. right now i am making a cheap yarned sample version. then if i truly like it, i will make a real one! what kind of yarn are you using? looks great!

Posted by: erika | Dec 30, 2004 3:43:19 PM

Have a Happy New Year!! Hopefully I'll see you on Wednesday!!

Posted by: kim | Dec 31, 2004 10:51:21 AM

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