Knitter Down!

…well, kind of.

As you all know, I’ve been working on a stocking to use in the place of the stocking that my grandmother made me waaaay back when. Well, a funny thing happened with that…the other night when I went to pick up the new stocking, I looked at RR and said, “I don’t like this.”

I have to give him credit, he didn’t mention the cost of the yarn or the fact that we drove like 45 minutes out of our way to get to a store that sells Cascade 220. He didn’t even mention all the time I already put into the project. He just said, “why don’t you pull out your old stocking and take another look at it?”

So I did, and the hole didn’t seem as big as it did when it first happened. So I pulled out the chewed yarn danglies, put the stitches on a needle and started to knit a patch. We both decided that the ‘rustic-ness’ of the patch adds to the charm of the sock. Add to that the lovely bleeding that happened when I washed it, and it’s really showing it’s age.

But I love it. And I won’t trade it for anything.

So the stocking I have been working on will go into the stash closet (with the yarn and the pattern) and someday it will be finished and gifted to…someone.

I’m taking a few days off from the bloggage so as to celebrate the holidays with my family ;o) So, for your enjoyment, here is the Holiday Meme that has been going around blogland:

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

Hot chocolate. Egg Nog kinda grosses me out…

Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Santa wraps…everything with the same paper, too. When my Grandma T. was still with us, she’d always mess up Mom’s wrapping plan because as far as Grandma was concerned EVERYTHING was from Santa, she used her own paper and her handwriting was totally different from Dad’s (Mom had Dad write all the ‘Santa’ tags when I was a kid) so I got a clue at a very young age.

Colored or white lights on the tree/house?
I have white and colored lights this year. But NO blinking. Ever. However, I do want to say that I grew up with colored lights. That didn’t blink.

Do you hang mistletoe?
Well…not this year. I did have some hanging from the ceiling in the living room for about four years ’til we repainted and I took it down…not sure where it went…it was a running joke, I was dusting it and everything ;o)

When do you put up your decorations?
I’d like to put them up the weekend after Thanksgiving but that never happens…usually the first or second weekend in December.

What’s your favorite holiday dish?

Favorite holiday memory as a child?

I have two.

The first is, we only got three channels when I was a kid (we lived in a valley and there is no cable there). One was CBS and two (yes, TWO) were ABC. We did not get NBC at our house. This meant that if there was a Christmas special on NBC I would put on my PJ’s and we would all go to Grandma’s house at the top of the hill. 9 times out of 10 Grandma and Grandpa were in Florida so the house was F.R.E.E.Z.I.N.G. but I didn’t care, I was watching the Grinch and all was good with the world.

My second memory is, when I was a kid we had a CB radio in our house (and car, and truck…and I think there was one on the tractor…). While we had it, every year on Christmas Eve my Dad would get Santa on the radio ‘while he was flying by’ to say hello to me. Many, many years later (after he was gone) it finally dawned on me that it was my grandfather, downstairs on his CB radio, pretending to be Santa.

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

The truth? You mean that he’s the personification of the Christmas Spirit that lives inside each and every one of us?
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

One. And it always ends up being pajamas…

What kind of decorations are on your tree?

It’s an eclectic mix. When I was little, my Aunt Carol started giving me an ornament at every Christmas. Her theory was that if she did this, when I moved out and had my own tree I would have enough ornaments to…well, have a tree. When I had my daughter, she began gifting her with ornaments. When Aunt Carol passed away a few years ago, my Mom started giving Dobby an ornament (and I started giving ornaments to my neices and nephew to continue the tradition). So, now we have my ornaments, Dobby’s ornaments and some assorted ornaments from RR’s family – a few of which his mom made before she passed away which we always make sure to put in a prominent spot.

Snow! Love it or dread it?

Love it – moreso now that I know how to ride a snowmobile ;o)

Can you ice skate?

Nope, not even a little. However, put me on roller skates and fuggetaboutit ;o)

Do you remember your favorite gift?

One year, my parents gave me a stereo. It was too big to wrap, so there was just a bow on it. At the time, my father was still working the night shift at the hospital so I got to stare at it ’til he got home. Mental anguish aside, it was one of the best gifts, ever. Oh, and I’ll never forget the English Saddle I got one year ;o)

What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?

Giving gifts – I get alot of joy watching people open gifts :o)

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

I didn’t know this until this year, but my favorite tradition is getting a tree. I didn’t have a real tree until I met RR – up ’til him I had a fake one every year. This year we put up our fake tree (we bought one a few years ago on closeout) and I just wasn’t feeling the Holiday Spirit. After a mini-meltdown (on my part), RR decided that we were getting a tree. No matter what I said (he just wanted to stop the sobbing…) ;o) So we put away the fake tree and went to Sweet’s (the local tree farm – well, one of them), picked out our Charlie Brown tree and BAM, I got spirit ;o)

What tops your tree?

We try to put a bow or an angel on top however, it always inevitably ends up being the ceiling topping the tree because we get the thing in here and it’s too tall and…well…RR already cut it once…

What is your favorite holiday book?

’twas the Night Before Christmas – it was the first book I ever ‘read’ (by ‘read’ I mean memorized…)

What is your favorite Christmas song movie?

White Christmas, followed very closely by Meet me in St. Louis (which isn’t technically a ‘Christmas’ movie, but I don’t care).

Candy Canes! Yummy or Yuck?

Yum. Except, I made these peppermint puff thingys this year that taste JUST like a candy cane but are lots easier to eat…at least, they are when you have bridgework ;o)

Now it’s your turn. :o) Happy Holidays, everyone!