Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Yarnful Holidays!!!

How cool is this?!! Google is not only in the spirit of the holidays, but its chock-full of knitting goodness as well!!!! Quite an adorable surprise to wake up to this morning.

There have been a few things that have gotten me into the seasonal mindset recently. Knitting kangaroos on Google. Getting to see an unexpected by kind of cool menorah procession driving down Market Street last Saturday night. (Seriously...5 blocks of cars with giant menorahs on top of them. After the initial "what the hell is that" wore off I happily yelled happy Hanukkah to as many of the cars as I could. Sure, I'm a gentile, but I'm a sucker for any and all happy celebrations and holidays!)

I've seen specials about Christmas lights from across the country, I've had people be downright polite waiting in line at the post office, I've seen smiling shoppers everywhere. I can't help but get caught up in it all. Sure...not everyone seems to be filled with holiday cheer, but its nice to have a small period of time where most of the population is actually aware of people around them.

I hope you all have a yarnfully festive holiday season and a great new year!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas knitting is for suckers!

Ok...ok...I admit I am making one Christmas present. A hat out of Manos for my favorite bartender. He's kept me in cheap beer all year long...its the least I can do.

Everything else I have gotten for people has been store bought. And I'm damn proud!

In past years I insanely tried to make presents. Sure, they got done by Christmas morning, but they were normally rushed, damp, and hated by me by the time I gave them. They were all loved and cherished, but honestly...I like myself more then I like smiling faces. And they seem to be just as happy with a DVD or gift certificate. Sure, I didn't pour 20 hours into that DVD, but I did have to either search or actually go through the hassle of driving somewhere, parking, fighting my way through the electronics section, and waiting in line for that item! And since I have a serious hatred of crowds and stores, that DVD seems about ten times more impressive!

I'd like to be proud of all of the knitting feats I've accomplished this year. All the daydreams about wearing my warm shawls all winter long. Unfortunately, its about 64 degrees outside, so even contemplating wearing something made of alpaca makes my temples moisten.

I'm happy that Christmas is a week away. Because, damn, do I need sometime away from holiday crap. I look forward to a trip to the super market that doesn't involve Christmas carols. Then I can focus on important drinking my self silly to ring in the New Year. I've said a million times to come soon!