Thursday, December 25, 2008

That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles

December snuck up on me really quickly this year and yet now it's nearly over...
Today is Christmas, at least what we celebrate in our household here in New England...Despite some recent rains, it
still is a white christmas outside....Quite recently we had a rather horrible
icestorm and lost electricity close to 24 hours. There were some branches
hanging pretty low over the pool out back, photos all taken from upstairs
open windows as I wasn't venturing outside anytime soon!

About this time also, had my second cookie swap and had camera along with the cookies. Took some closeups of cookies, a view of table, and could not resist
a quick sneak photo of this hostess' lovely staircase all decorated...She reads
this blog, so sure to spot it! Hope she does not mind me sharing a quick peek
with rest of world!

Was poking around for an interesting pattern to knit and suddenly came across
the following site, which I actually had never heard of and absolutely had to
share this great find.
It's called Pop Knits and can be found here:

There's a brief description on site by them as follows:

"Over the past few years, knitting vintage items has become popular again.
Whether the item is a revamped sweater from the pages of Vogue Knitting 1955
or a new take on doily patterns as shawls, vintage knitting is taking a modern
turn. Inspired by the thrift store finds sitting on our bookshelves, Popknits challenges you to take a new look at all things that have come before".

This site was recently created by avid knitter/blogger Stephanie J Pajonas.
They are already on their second issue and not only is this free to subscribe
to for their online site, but all the patterns are free also. Be sure and
check out the "La-La-Love-You Cowl" by Sandra Park which is most
definitely on my must knit list!

Finally a finished knitting photo to share...and how appropriate...a cookie man.

I would claim he's made of just molasses and assorted spices...but in reality,
he is yet another pattern from I guess one of my ultimate all time favorite
designers Alan Dart and of course out of my Simply Knitting magazine.
Frosting is a simple back chain stitch...and the coal like decorations are black
chunky misshapen beads...oh so coal like.

Ho Ho Ho
and hoping everyone whatever holiday they celebrate, including Boxer Day, got
lots of lovely yarnish goodies!
I got a few special fiberish treats myself, which I will have to photo for next
blog and share!