Christmas party

I attended my husband’s family Christmas party and had a nice time. All of his children were there as were two of mine. Danica got stuck at work and couldn’t make it in time. She was sad about that and I missed her. A good time was had by all, there were a few performances and I sang a hymn with David, his brothers Steven and Chris, Steven’s wife Kimberly and our nieces NaRhea and Sylvie. Steven played the piano and Sylvie played the cello. I hope their superior voices drowned out mine.  It was very nice and singing often makes me wish I could make myself get to choir more often.  I love singing Christmas music and wish we had sung more. I got to visit with a bunch of people that have made me feel very welcome in this family. We didn’t do the big white elephant gift exchange and I’m a bit disappointed. I didn’t like selecting a gift because anything good will get stolen by whomever gets to pick next and if you’re not willing to steal something (which I’m not) you don’t really get anything good. But still, I enjoyed bringing something in the hopes that someone would really like it and steal it. My first year I failed miserably, having made quickie scarves on the knitting machine that were truly horrible. The next year though I made these great Harry Potter scarves that were stolen by none other than the matriarch of the family – David’s grandmother. This year I made her hats to match the scarves she got last year and she seemed pleased.
I didn’t manage to get a pic of her wearing the hat, maybe tomorrow when we go to visit her, but here is the pic I snapped last year.

Thurstan Xmas party 17 Dec 2011 2

Most of our shopping has been done, we have one more present to buy and will hopefully be able to do that in the insanity that is going to take place on Monday. Last minute shopping is always so fun. I know a lot of people don’t like and I see so many vowing to never, ever participate in the insanity shopping that takes place on Black Friday or right before Christmas, but I feel energized by the craziness.

I finished a pair of mitts tonight and will start another pair and a hat tomorrow. I know I can finish them if I can just sit still long enough and do it. It’s not that I’m a slow knitter, I just don’t knit for very long stretches. I like these mitts, I’ve made several pairs and they go fast.

Watermelon Mitts

There is a small bit of snow still on the ground and I still hope for more. There are little icicles all over the place, hanging from trees, cars that haven’t been driven and carport roofs. Brrr, I need to make more mittens.