Aloha. Mele Kalikimaka or Hau’oli Icai if you don’t celebrate Christmas. What are you up to today? We each are having some quiet time after a couple of hours of sleep, presents, and homemade, English McMuffins. I thought I’d pop in since Jellybean is addicted to her new, Nintendo 2DS and the teen to her new laptop. It’ll be a mish mash of sorts for today.
The 24th is usually the day my ohana gets together. This year, my brother and SIL hosted outside of SF. They spoiled us with prime rib and broiled salmon filet. Both were extremely mouthwatering and delicious!
I had fun watching my toddler niece and nephew play about. I had them open up their birthday presents as their birthdays were earlier in the week. Last year I saw someone on IG post this toy brand for their niece or nephew so I found it on Amazon, took a screenshot, and saved it for a year. They lurve their Haktoys. If you want to get a cool gift for a young child in your family this is the one. They are actually remote-controlled cars that light up. The kids didn’t get to test out that remote feature yet but they had fun pushing their cars about, especially my nephew whose car (Haktoys HAK101 Invincible Tornado Twister) could flip upside down and move; he played with it for a few hours until dinner time. My niece would hide her (HakToys Light Up RC Car) from her brother so he wouldn’t touch it.
Also, this Aunty Stef rocked it with Christmas gifts. My nephew opened up his box and found three, Thomas and friends trains. His three-year old voice said out loud, “Wow,” and his whole face was lit up. He had to take them out of their packaging immediately and pushed them around. Mission accomplished!
It’s Monday! What are you reading?
I recently finished this fourth installment of the Inspector Armand Gamache series. I was taken deep into Canada’s forests where what is supposed to be a peaceful retreat at the Manoir Bellechasse. But of course, murder is not picky about where it happens. I was immersed among old, familiar characters and new ones who were either quirky or nasty.
As usual I had no clue on who was the murderer. I felt I followed the Inspector around blindly. Yes, clues were gathered but they were like the game, Pick Up Sticks, where you grasp a handful of sticks and let them fall freely. They lay randomly about, pointing in different directions and some overlapped. I like this series but am not blown away by it. I like the picturesque setting and the group of characters. I will probably take a break from it. Three ★’.･.･:☆’.･.･:★
I received two new paperbacks today: 1. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter – a paranormal fantasy – and 2. The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack – a historical fiction mystery. I can’t wait to dig into them.
2017 Mini Advent Swap
Today is the last of Knit Equals Joy 2017 Mini Advent Swap. I opened a bag of terrific, sewing notions and this was the cherry on top:
I still can’t believe Carla made this for me. Do you see the quilting? I love the array of fabrics she used. My swap partner also gave me pretty pins with big, shiny heads to stick into this pin cushion and a coral, measuring tape that the youngest thought looked like a macaroon.
I made Diana a project bag:
It’s not perfect as I would like but I’m proud of the zipper tabs I had done for the first time. It came out to be a good-sized bag.
Gift Knitting XII
You’ve already had a sneak peek of this FO:
By yesterday morning, my niece’s cardigan was pretty much dry. She just turned five but I purposely knitted a size 6-7 for her so it’d last more than a year. My niece tried it on briefly so I could see how it fit her; she has room which is good and of course the toys were more of a priority, LOL.
Pattern: Sunday Sweater by Ginny Sheller
Yarn: Berroco Vintage
Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon
Color: #5114 Aster
Modification: I knitted the sleeves 3/4″ length so she wouldn’t have to worry about having to push them up when she washes her hands or having the cuffs drag about when she’s doing something with her hands.
Lavender is a favorite color of my niece. The buttons are from Joann Fabric and Crafts. These buttons were crazy to get off of their cardboard backing; I had to rip one off at a time and use a small scissor to pry out the wire that was looped around like an earring in two of the holes.
Okay. I think I’m going to take most of
the rest of the week off from blogging. I do want to check in before 2018. I’ve had crafting plans that I’ve been wanting to get started upon:
- Harry’s/LBK Christmas Eve Cast On Socks, which have been started on a bit
- Start a Cozy Memories blanket,
- Sew pajama pants for the dames,
- Start on my new paperbacks, and
- Start swatching with this beautiful yarn.
The husband and kids got me five skeins of Barrett Wool Co Home Worsted. Barrett Wool Co is a company started by Susan B. Anderson and her son. Big Woods is a new colorway. I fell in love with this wonderful green the moment I had seen it online before Thanksgiving!
I hope you are surrounded by loved ones and have merry plans to fill up your precious time. Mahalo for dropping by today. TTYL. Aloha.