Saturday, December 17, 2011

days #15, #16, and #17: 30 + 1 handknits...

the 30 + 1 handknits project passes the halfway point! hurrah! even more importantly, i celebrated my last day of work of 2011 yesterday. hallelujah! i love my job, but i am very excited to have two weeks of nothing but relaxation, puzzle completions, a little bit of traveling all over the midwest, and a dose of knitting and reading (for fun!). i'm currently typing this from my parents' kitchen table, where we just finished a dinner of homemade guacamole and lagunitas a little sumpin' sumpin' ale (delicious, by the way). i'm looking forward to our other family traditions, too, including bailey's in the coffee on christmas morning, boxes of turtles to share over christmas presents, and the muppets christmas record playing in the background.

have i mentioned lately that i love christmas? because i do. i really do. i also love vacation.

12/15/2011. day #15, Blush by Kessa Tay Anlin, completed august 2008. it was strangely 58 degrees when i woke up and went to the gym this morning, so i celebrated by wearing a lightweight little number. by that night? back down to 28 degrees. hello, winter, can you just come and stay a while?
20111215. day #15: Blush by Kessa Tay Anlin.

also, those shoes were a $3 score from value world down the street from my house - i love their ugliness.
20111215. day #15: Blush by Kessa Tay Anlin.

20111215. day #15: Blush by Kessa Tay Anlin.
12/16/2011. day #16, Duchess Raglan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, completed february 2010. i modified the original pattern with some arm cables in a bulky wool yarn over the course of a couple of days where i was sick as a dog. my plan was to create a cozy wool sweater, reminiscent of cooler nights at my grandparents' old cabin in canada, where we spent long, lazy summer vacations.
20111216. day #16: Duchess Raglan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.

this was also the beginning of vacation and a drive up to chicago, so being comfy and cozy just seemed right.
20111216. day #16: Duchess Raglan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.
two hours into vacation, and we found ourselves in a magical place - a place called three floyd's brewpub. man, that place is the best. burger with gorgonzola and bacon, washed down with two fantastic beers called big black van. really, that was the name of the beer.
20111216. two hours into vacation, and we find ourselves in a magical place... three floyd's.

20111216. two hours into vacation, and we find ourselves in a magical place... three floyd's.
12/17/2011. day #17, Lanesplitter by Tina Whitmore, completed november 2010. today was our huge family christmas party, and this seemed just festive enough (and just green enough) to be appropriate for the occasion. and look! we woke up this morning to SNOW - the first real snow i've seen this year!
20111217. day #17: Lanesplitter by Tina Whitmore.

my parents live in a very picturesque place anyway. can you believe this is the suburbs of chicago? chris also bought himself a new camera lens for christmas, making me look far better than i do in real life. well done, baby.
20111217. day #17: Lanesplitter by Tina Whitmore.

20111217. day #17: Lanesplitter by Tina Whitmore.

happy holidays, all!

4 comments:

handstitch said...

I'm so glad to find you through a Ravelry friend. That $3 Score reminds me of my bowling days...very cool! Thanks for the fiber treats :D

famousthecat said...

so great to have you here! i'll have to add your blog to my reading list - always looking for other inspiring knitters and crafters out there. that's exactly what i thought when i saw those shoes - they're a tad too big, but still totally wearable. :)

whittsknits said...

Hi! It's been a while since I perused your blog but see you are venturing into baby chicken land (so cute! - the chickens, not mocking the venture at all) and knitting up a storm. LOVE the lanesplitter skirt, wow that outfit looks great with the black shirt and green necklace. As always, you knit perfect things for yourself.

(whittsknits on Rav)

famousthecat said...

Hi, you! It has been a while for me posting much to the blog, too! :) Thanks so much - I am REALLY excited for the chickens and all that's in store for 2012. Watch out, world, here I come.