Well, it’s a new year.

And honestly, it doesn’t feel any different from the old one. Maybe colder. Only time will tell.

Hi knitting friends! I’ve been absent from the blog longer than expected, firstly from stealth purposes, and secondly from lack of Internet. I was in Colorado with my family! I ice skated on a frozen pond! I rode a snowmobile! (yes really) I crushed my elbow slipping on ice during family pictures! (there are always casualties.)

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I’m considering doing a photo essay where I photograph the bruise every day until it heals, but at the very least, I’m showing you guys. DO NOT scroll down if you are easily grossed out.

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This is a full week after the fact, and I have to say, the vivid purple nature of it just isn’t being captured by the photo. I’m pretty proud of it, and a lot prouder that I didn’t cry when I got it or anytime after. It HURT.

What else did I do on my vacay? I took a bunch of selfies with my cousin Charlie:

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I also got to cuddle a baby who was wearing a sweater I made him:

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He fell asleep on my lap like it was no big deal, and spent the whole time we were together getting passed from person to person, and he was always smiling and cute. He had two 14 year old boys, a 16 year old, and a 22 year old boy all enthralled with his cuteness. That’s one seriously good baby. I had to fight to get possession of him from my cousin Graham. (That’s right buddy, I just outed ya. Your reputation is going to be totally torched now that everyone knows you’re a compulsive baby snuggler.)

And now, what I know all of you care about: The Christmas Knitting.

I totally didn’t finish. I didn’t even come close, actually. With all the work involved in 18 PhD applications, something had to fall by the wayside. I wrapped up two works in progress for my parents, and my two little brothers got gift certificates. (Yes, I am lame) The 14 year old got a gift certificate to his favorite helicopter store (that’s a real thing) and I calligraphied it and folded it up into a cute origami heart so it at least had a bit of a handmade touch (he loved it.) and for my 22 year old brother, he got a gift certificate for a handmade needlepoint wallet with any design he wanted. There’s a company that makes them called Smathers and Branson, but they’re crazy stupid expensive. They look like this:

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I could never afford them. However, I have plenty of experience substituting time and a little ingenuity for the money I don’t have. I know how to needlepoint and I have a friend who is a leatherworker. So my brother will be getting a custom version with the De Zavala Texas flag on it. (I’m lucky he wanted such an easy design)

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It’ll look like that on the outside, and the inside will be gorgeous leather.

My parents both loved their gifts, despite the unfinished nature of them. I’ll post pictures later, once they’re finished, but when my dad opened his scarf, (the shortest scarf ever) he flipped out. He said “Do you know that this is my favorite color??? It’s Air Force blue!!” So I guess it was a hit. My mom was so excited to start wearing her cardigan/shrug thing, and it’s light enough that she’ll even get use out of it in the summer, since air conditioning in Texas can be a little intense.

Looking at it now, I tried to knit a densely cabled scarf and a laceweight cardigan in less than a month. I’m not surprised that I didn’t finish, but in hindsight, I’m totally shocked that I thought I would.

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7 Comments

  1. shellssells

    That’s a gorgeous bruise! And I should know, I’m a mountain biker and live my life in bruises. Actually, the entire trip looks like really great fun!

  2. Of course helicopter stores are real. It’s where my littlest brother gets all of his stuff. πŸ˜‰

  3. That is quite a spectacular bruise! Ouch!

  4. Cute family photos! πŸ™‚

  5. It is truly crazy what we think we will get done for christmas despite full time life continuing on. I reckon i always have to let go of more stuff than i finish but in the wisdom of my old age i am being kinder to myself about the letting go. Looks like lots of woolly goodness was enjoyed by all at your Christmas. Happy New Year

  6. Yikes, that bruise! Also, I’m loving the abundance of adorable selfies in this post. So much happy!

  7. Gotta love those huge baby cheeks! Very cute pics! And so refreshing that you could let go of the need to finish your hand-made gifts on time and no one seemed to mind. I may be in the same situation myself at the end of the month, due to being laid up with the flu all week, and you made me feel like that might be OK after all, so thank you! πŸ™‚

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