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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
  Holiday Gift Wrap-up, or Unwrapped!
I decided I better post about my holiday knit gifts before I post my end of the year wrap-up, right? I didn't really feel like blogging each project detail individually, so here we go:
Holiday Crafty Mosaic
1. Peaks n Valleys Socks, 2. Patti's Footies, 3. Corazon Mittens, 4. Grandma's Mini Clapotis, 5. Tired. but handknit., 6. Norbert!, 7. Soap and washcloths, 8. Coloring Wallet, Exterior, 9. Grandpa's hat., 10. Tea Towels., 11. Peanut Butter Blossoms, 12. cookies

Click on the links for details on the flickr page, or visit my Ravelry Page to see complete details. Oops, I just realized I forgot to put the previously blogged noro fetchings in the mosaic. They were well recieved...and now I totally want a noro pair.

I didn't get everything finished- Kellen's sweater, my grandma's lap blanket, and my brother's socks are still on the needles, but that's okay. They'll be done eventually. It was a very good Christmas, although gone too fast. I was spoiled as usual. Kellen bought me a super awesome Michael Graves tea kettle (it looks like a rooster!), sock blockers, a fiber scale for my handspun, and yoga accessories. I also got Scrabble, the new Mason-Dixon book, and a gift certificate to a new lys. Totally spoiled in so many ways this year.

I always like new years, but to be honest, 2008 was pretty darn good to me. There was lots of knitting, school was survivable (I got straight As!), and work was for the most part enjoyable. It was a very stable year, and 2009 will be...full of growth. We'll put it that way. Graduating, finding a new job, etc. Oh well, at least I'll have my knitting! Hope you have a safe and happy new year, and I'll be back in 2009!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
  Merry and Bright.
I really didn't plan on disappearing from the blog world again this December, but it appears I've made it a tradition. The past few weeks of school were particularly stressful, not so much because of assignments (although those weren't a stroll in the park) but because of about-to-graduate hassles and what-are-you-doing-with-the-rest-of-your-life discussions with advisors, trying to figure out how I'm going to cram an internship into my already jam packed schedule, working a lot, and of course:
Knitting by the tree.
Christmas knitting. I had to give up on three projects (Kellen's sweater, my brother's second sock, and my grandmother's lap blanket) but all will be finished eventually. I'm also been baking, drinking tea and coffee, and sewing a bit. I really love the holidays but especially with my family's traditions evolving (divorce, new significant others, and all the kids, myself included, growing up) I find myself putting a lot of pressure on myself to make it merry for everyone. And it's not really something I can control, you know? I will not bring about world and family peace if only I can knit everyone a pair of socks. What I can do, is relax, breathe, knit what makes me happy, and leave the stress and expectations out of my celebrations.

Amanda, Stephanie, and Velma all posted things I really needed to read as the clock ticked closer to Christmas. Maybe you'll enjoy them too.

If you're celebrating this week, I hope you find yourself peaceful, cozy, and grateful. That's my goal. I'll be back soon with a post-holiday knitting wrap-up!

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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