So, what does a Jewish girl do on Christmas? Let's see... I knit a lot. I listened to the radio for several hours as this new-ish radio station in Buffalo played 24 hours of all Beatles music, I planned to take my daughters to see "Lemony Snicket" but that plan failed at the last minute when my 17-yo DD started an argument with me over nothing, and punctuated the spat with a statement about my being too menopausal, at which point I said, "Why don't you take yourself to the movies," after which both DD's stormed up to their rooms and slammed their doors. So, instead of taking the girls to the movies I took the dog out for a long, snowy hike. Unfortunately, his paws got sensitive to the cold and snow long before I was feeling ready to come home, and he kept sitting down and trying to lick the little ice balls out of his paw pads, so we were only out for about 30-35 minutes. I could have used a MUCH longer walk. I'm going to need many walks this week without Tae Kwon Do. Guess I also need to get Jake some puppy boots!
Later in the evening, my husband and I attended a catered Chinese Dinner at temple. The company was nice, but the food sucked something royal. Then we went back to another other couple's house and sat and drank wine and talked for a little while. J-Daughter, the 11-yo, had a wonderful time at her best friend's house celebrating Christmas with loads of people, games, gifts, food, and fun. Zack, the 13-yo, stayed home and watched t.v. or played Gameboy or something by himself all evening. We came home, I knit a little more, listened to more Beatles music and turned out the lights.
I also spent some time yesterday afternoon taking pics of my swatch work from the workshop I went to a few weeks ago with Laurie Kimmelsteil. Let me see if I can give you a decent idea of what we did.... Here's the swatch I did in pink Lamb's Pride, a yarn that is perfect for felting, but kinda mundane for anything else. (Obviously, I did not have my camera with me at the class, so this is a pic of the final product with the trim erased.)
And now look what I did to it...
The ribbon ruffle in a bright color makes quite a difference.
Here's an even more attractive example, a close-up of a really basic Galway wool in a dark turquoise blue, again leftover from a previous felting project.
I really like what that confetti did!
So, wanna see my finished Flowing Diamonds Shawl?
I need to take a better picture. That looks AWFUL!