A Seasonal Post Concerning Seasonal Topics, Continued

[there is knitting content here . . . read on]

I'm on vacation! (if you can call already having a call scheduled and fully expecting to have to redraft a memo vacation, but at least I'm not going to work again until January 2!) On Monday morning we leave for Christmas with Chris' family in Philadelphia, so this weekend is one for tying up loose shopping and gifting ends, packing, and sitting back and saying "whoa! I'm on vacation."

First item in the suitcase: vanilla hot chocolate mix. On the gifting side, I totally robbed an idea off Adrian of Hello Yarn as a nice edible gift for a few folks. In fact, I so robbed her that I not only used the recipe she recommended, but when I went to Target to see about jars, the only ones they had were the exact same ones she apparently used. Thank goodness no one who will receive these is a knitter. It's like wearing your Clapotis somewhere that isn't Rhinebeck - no one knows you're actually on some kind of strange knitters' bandwagon! [BTW, did you see Adrian's new tricksy mittens? She should totally be named Chief Mitteneer by the Global Mitteneering Society]

cottage industry

We did taste-test this recipe and it is amazing; it's my new second-favorite hot chocolate, and way less work than my first favorite (Mexican hot chocolate, which involves milk and a blender).

(one moment of appreciation for my trusty DIY stamp kit - it's the BEST)

If only I had the style to knock off these amazing designer gingerbreads by Saffron! Maybe next year . . .

Also going in the luggage will be my new Cables & Arans Harmony Guide, thanks to my Super Secret Santa Spider, The Subway Knitter: Colleen!

cables & arans - thanks subway knitter!

Having a Harmony Guide always used to make me feel like a "real" knitter . . . this edition has obviously undergone a stylish upgrade, probably in response to competition from the Stitchionary series. While it doesn't make me feel as hard-core as the old ones did, the content seems to continue to live up to the old series. And I can't say I'm opposed to Erika Knight's lovely touch on the book.

And last in the suitcase, right on top: Elliphantom's Herringbone Mittens.

herringbone mittens

These represent a drastic progression from wee mittens to HUGE mittens. My gauge characteristically shifted completely from the first half of the mitten to the second, and the palm is, well, commodious. I think I'll give these to Chris, or one of the ladies in my life with normal-to-large hands. Or at least normal-to-large palms.

Posted by jess at December 22, 2007 6:29 PM | TrackBack

Heh, I totally get my jars at Target every year. (Giant copycat!)

Now I'm going to copy you about those mittens. I can only resist so long.

Posted by: Adrian at December 22, 2007 9:58 PM

Love the mittens. I am so into red lately.

Posted by: Mrs MJW at December 23, 2007 12:06 AM

Score one for ladies with large palms! :)

Posted by: Veronique at December 23, 2007 10:06 AM

I totally just did the same thing with the Herringbone Mittens. My friend JV will be gettin' some totally bitchin' new mitts for X-mas, and my fingers will still be cold.

Posted by: Mandy at December 23, 2007 8:14 PM

Love the mits! I want that book so bad! The hot chocolate looks yummy & I think I'm going to rip off this idea next year :) Have a wonderful holiday!

Posted by: preita at December 24, 2007 12:59 PM

That chocolate mix sounds phenomenal, and looks great.

Merry Christmas to you!! Enjoy your time off.

Posted by: schrodinger at December 25, 2007 8:26 AM

you used your keen stamp set! nice job. happy holidays to you and chris! ps -- if you need a mrs. miller fix, my mom's coming your way in late march to see her god daughter (my cousin) anne who just moved to poughkeepsie and trent & betty (the columbia cousins you already met)... love ya! -jom

Posted by: joy olivia at December 25, 2007 1:55 PM

nice mittens! and i think that i have the same stamp kit. i should buy other ink colors :)

Posted by: gleek at December 25, 2007 9:51 PM

My Herringbones are coming out the same way. Must be something about the pattern. I think I'm going to rip out the bottom from the two solid rows down and make the ribbing much tighter.

Posted by: Mary K. in Rockport at December 27, 2007 11:00 AM

Are you using telemark by any chance on those mittnens or the recommended cascade? Great color choices by the way!

Posted by: Holly at December 28, 2007 10:31 AM

Thanks for the recipe links, I love hot cocoa mix gifts. And thanks for the ribbed hat pattern too. I like how the ribbing decreases.
Happy Holidays

Posted by: michele at December 28, 2007 12:37 PM

Love the herringbone mittens - they look very warm. The only thing that makes me feel more hard core than the Harmony guides are the Barbara Walker stitch series. (maybe a obscure knit guide in a foreign language might do the trick, too.) Love your blog!

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