Monday, November 20, 2006

Slippers, slippers and more slippers

It's been a pretty boring knitting life lately. Christmas knitting this year is one of those mixed blessings I've been blogging about lately. I was delighted to find a pattern that worked up fast, uses up some of the coned wool yarn that I've had clogging up my stash closet for so long and would work for a variety of dance teachers, hockey coaches and friends/family. But now that the pattern is learned, I'm getting bored.

Fortunately, there have been quite a few great movies on TCM lately and with the holidays approaching, there will be even more holiday movies. Old movies are my favorite thing to knit to. I've seen them before, so I don't necessarily have to watch to follow the action but still can "see" the movie in my imagination while I pay attention to my knitting (a bonus of being a highly visual person). Yesterday I enjoyed Desk Set with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. This morning I got to see Top Hat with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. And the Star Trek marathon this past weekend was a treat as well. I know that many people work to books on tape or to music, but old movies are my favorite knit-along activity.

On the progress side, two more pair of slippers completed for dance teachers (one pair to go) and one slipper done for a hockey coach (at least 2 pair more to go, 1 more if I include our manager). I've emptied one cone of yarn so far and am down to a smidge of yarn left on two more cones, so I'm making progress on clearing out some of the stash yarn, too.

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, as well. I was served breakfast in bed and received and handmade quilted table topper made by DD#1. The family did extra chores and let me knit and watch old movies. I also was taken out to lunch by my DH and have been promised a special handmade weaving board I've been wanting for awhile. I just need to go to the hardware store with him to pick out the materials so he can make it for me this week. I also received several great backrubs from DD#2 and DD#3. DS played his heart out in two games this weekend, dedicating his games to me. Who could ask for more?!? Even though the family lacked the funds to buy expensive gifts, everyone worked hard to find a way to make my birthday meaningful by using their gifts and talents to bless me. WOW! I was blown away by the creativity and kindness and thoughtfulness that everyone put into my weekend. I am blessed!!!


livnletlrn said...

I believe those creative, heartfelt gifts are the best of all. Sounds like you had a truly heartwarming b'day weekend, and I'm extending the celebration to today by sending warm wishes for your birthday and a fabulous year to look forward to. Yahoo!

Sheepish Annie said...

Happy Birthday! And what a nice way to celebrate. I think you'll be treasuring each of those gifts far more and far longer than anything that could have been purchased at great expense.

I live in great envy of your Christmas knitting progress. Things are not looking good here...