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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]
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 . . .
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.
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