Monthly Archives: December 2005

It’s already ready already.

I am a Christmas Sock That Rocks Forget all these people and their Socks that Rock – I’ll show you a sock that rocks right here (Jingle Bell Rock, that is). Finished with hours to spare on Saturday, the stocking was a big hit with all parties concerned, including yours truly. I have no illusions that it’s perfect, but I’m not ashamed to give it as a gift, you know? In fact, for all the other projects that stall out or become “the item I like in spite of its flaws”, I liked this project for itself, and for the doors it opened for me. Apparently, my head is turned by all knitting things Norwegian (all those patterns are just so, so organized and tidy!) and two-color knitting is no longer a huge mystery, just a skill to master. Without even knowing it, I gave myself something for Christmas (all together now, “Aww!”). Plus, I do not think anything has impressed Knit One Purl Too’s Expert Christmas Cookie Making Staff (aka my husband) as much as two-color knitting. His exact words? “This is so much better than self-patterning sock yarn – you’re making your own patterns!” If that isn’t incentive to make the Water Garden Fair Isle from IK Summer 00 (I love your work, Ron Schweitzer, call me!) or the Mossbank Pullover from Jaimeson’s Book 3, for him, I don’t know what is. I will be filled with treats by Santa

And now, we bring you a brief cookie interlude, courtesy of Lovely Lemon Cookies:

1 cup butter
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups flour
1 t. lemon extract

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the butter until creamy, then add the lemon extract, sugar and flour. Form the dough into little balls that fit in the palm of your hand and press to flatten into little disks. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until just brown around the edges. Cool.

For the frosting:

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 T butter at room temperature
1 T lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cookes and store between layers of wax paper, or begin eating immediately. Theoretically makes 5 dozen.

This is for Tiffany, who was nice enough to ask me to participate in a recipe swap – I was in the middle of Stocking Frenzy at the time; some things fell by the wayside. These are The Official Christmas Cookie of Knit One, Purl Too (though we also think The Barefoot Contessa’s Jam Thumbprints are fabulous).

And with that, off I go through the woods and on the Turnpike to Mom and Dad’s (the Official Parents of Knit One Purl Too) – the post-holiday knitting report will include much Banff progress and photos of my new favorite FO, the Tote-Around. To all a knitting good night!

Why didn’t I start, like, four months ago?

Dear Curtis and Claudia -

It's like a spy photo from Alias, courtesy of my Palm PilotHi. How are you? I am fine. I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to let you know that you might be able to celebrate Christmas on December 25th with the rest of us because it is entirely possible that I will actually finish the Christmas stocking I promised your son before Christmas. Despite my best efforts to underestimate the amount of time this project would take and knit mistakes into the work which require huge amounts of tedious frogging, I am finished with the heel, which means that with good knitting momentum, I should finish the last motif early tomorrow morning today. Then, just the toe stands between me and a finished Festivus Stocking (or as I am calling it privately, The Project I Should Have Started in July).

Raise your hand if you desperately need blocking to reach your full potential I realize that this note may seem like I am falling down on the job as far as my Fairy Godmother duties go, that even though I am not an official caretaker or role model in your son’s life, I may still serve more as a horrible warning than a shining example in the human behavior department. Lest you worry further that I will fail to complete my holiday task, let me remind you that I am 99 percent sure that FedEx delivers on Christmas Day, and I am even more sure that I will not have to resort to that. Because I am going to finish the stocking. On time. Early, even. Let us not mention the fact that I was forced (forced, I tell you) to start a new pair of socks because a. it would have been foolhardy to try and take the stocking on a cross-country plane trip – I have trouble not making mistakes when I’m sitting still. and b. I left my Retro Ribs (and my knitting box and my ballwinder at my parents’ house over Thanksgiving (I know that this is like “the dog ate my homework” excuse).

Socks for mom - who couldn't love that?What? A vacation, you say? I’ll tell you, a week in San Diego (non-knitting, beach and sun pictures here) seemed a lot more reasonable before I realized that the first week in December is prime Christmas knitting time (yes, I realize I’m going to hell for suggesting that I would forgo vacation to stay on deadline with this nutty stocking project). And yes, not only was I away from the stocking all week, I knitted something else too. (Fortissima Colori Socka Color, #9069, if you care) But they’re for my mom. So I’m in the clear. My mom wants socks, no deadlines, no strings attached, so of course, they fly off the needles. But I swear I haven’t touched them since we got back! It’s been all stocking, all the time since we returned to the land of snow and ice, because I love you two and I love your son.

Love (and I mean that),

Donna

P.S. I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Please come as late in the day as you possibly can.