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Archive for December, 2004

Friday December 31, 2004

Friday, December 31st, 2004

We had a call from a niece who was phoning around the country trying to find someone who had heard from the family in Thailand. We haven’t heard, but are cheering ourselves with the knowledge that, first, they live in a different and perhaps safer area, and second, Thailand is (according to the Wall Street […]

Thursday December 30, 2004

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

The Poster Queen and I were feeling apologetic about the low sales figures so far this week, until the Empress laughingly reminded me that they were five times higher than the same week last year. Nonetheless, it is slow enough that I am doing inventory. This is how we beguile the slow times in January: […]

Wednesday December 29, 2004

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Granted that I am not entirely happy with the results of my current color work, I do enjoy the process. I know that many people do not. And, hey, knitting is just for fun. You don’t have to do anything you don’t like. (Except, of course, for my determination to make a variegated sweater.) However, […]

Tuesday December 28, 2004

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

#2 daughter felt that our other dog ought to get his picture posted, even if he can’t wear glasses. In fact, this is our very stupid, though lovable, dog. He went to dog school and enjoyed it, and in six weeks learned “sit” and “stay.” He cannot do any other tricks at all. Never mind. We […]

Tuesday December 28, 2004

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Third time may be the charm for the variegated yarn. Having cast on and unravelled twice with traditional multi-yarn Fair Isle, I decided to try a single Alice Starmore chart with just two colors. Here I am, not yet through the first repeat, and I am at least disliking it less than I did the first […]

Monday December 27, 2004

Monday, December 27th, 2004

Here is our Christmas tree. I will be going back to work today (and back to the gym, too, I swear), but the rest of the family is still on vacation. So it will be nice to come home to the tree and the relaxed, playing people. Hmm… Maybe there will also be a tidy […]

Sunday December 26, 2004

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

Yarn, Ho! Here is the Peruvian Highland wool I got for Christmas. I have 14 colors, and am doing a pattern which calls for 14 colors, so now I simply need to match them up. Is Jacaranda equivalent to Blue Mist? Can Allspice stand in for Cinnamon? The yarns called for in the pattern, and this […]

Saturday December 25, 2004

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

Have a wonderful Christmas! Here is the one song you can’t skip today, however many you sing: “Joy to the World” The tune may or may not be by Handel. It may be by Lowell Mason. The words are by Isaac Watts, about whom I will someday tell you a most touching story. Not today, […]

Friday December 24, 2004

Friday, December 24th, 2004

  It is the day before Christmas, and I do not have to work! It is a miracle! Well, perhaps not a miracle, but a thrill. I have not had this day off for a decade. I am grateful to The Empress and That Man for thinking of it. I will therefore join the kids […]

Thursday December 23, 2004

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

For a number of years, I have written the same goal for Christmas in my organizer every year: a peaceful, joyful, spirit-filled holiday with my family. But not everyone shares this vision. And here I am shamelessly promoting a joyful, spiritual Christmas experience, when there are other points of view that should be considered. I […]

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