Happy New Year everyone (18 days late)! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season. Despite not being able to go home and celebrate the holiday's with my family this year, I did have a very nice one. I spent it with my DB's wonderful family. Christmas was spent up at DB's cousin's house in Poukeepsie and being there made me feel like I was with my family. It eased my missing of my own family this time of year. I ended up with the beginnings of a nasty cold on New Year's Eve, but I didn't let it stop me from ringing in the new year with DB's family here in Astoria. I am now feeling much better and very happy it didn't turn out to be the flu!
The new year started out just right for me. For those of you that don't know, I finally went permanent with the law firm that I was temping at for the last 10 months. They made me the offer back in November for January 4th. I was very happy to finally know what my status was going to be with them. I am still working the late night hours, just on different days. I shifted to Tuesday through Thursday and am really liking having Monday's off now.
I know it's been forever since I last posted so I am going to back track a little on what I had been working on over the holidays. This was this first Christmas that I didn't knit any gifts. I think I was set back when I got carpel tunnel back in late October. Since I was on the DL for a while and was slow to pick my projects back up, I turned to my sewing machine. I completed 4 gift projects. I gave my mother one of those "Taxi Cab" Little Wallets like I had made myself. I whipped up a couple of these cupcake pincushions (1 for my sis MB and 1 for my niece):
Didn't they turn out adorable??? I bought the fabric from the City Quilter when my sis was visiting last October. The ribbon and rosettes I picked up from M&J Trimming. I am planning on sewing one up for myself soon. These could really easily be made in a day. Very quick project. DB was awesome in that he helped my fill them with sand. It was not a one man job that's for sure.
Lastly I finished up one of my Christmas Tree Skirts to give to DB's older brother and sister-in-law.
It took me only 2 days to finish it. I had everything done except for the sewing of the two fronts together, adding the lace edging, backing and yarn bows. This gift was well received. I have three more to finish. One will be for DB and myself. I plan on selling one of the two remaining ones.
As for knitting, I decided to sign up for the "11 in 2011" group on Ravelry the other day. You plan on knitting, and completing, 11 items throughout the year. What I like is that they don't have to be projects you start in 2011. They can be WIP's from the previous years. I thought this would be a great way to motivate myself to finish 4 projects that I have on the needles right now. Right now I am focusing my attention on my Bacon Socks. Just my basic vanilla toe up sock.
I first saw this sock yarn when I was having lunch with Yarny Old Kim back in September. I fell in love with it and decided I had to have some of my own. It's called Bacon yarn because when you knit it up, it's suppose to look like bacon.
DB and I are heading up to Maine (Sugarloaf) on Sunday for a week of snowboarding. I'm hoping to have sock #2 on the needles in time for the 8 hour trip. I promise to come back with lots of picture to share. Probably tons of me on my butt for this will be my first time snowboarding. I can't wait!