Saturday, December 22, 2007

We Moved into Our New House

In a previous post I just said that we got the house. Not many details I know, sorry. But I was just so excited! So, Wonderful Husband and I bought a house that we love. It is not too far from the house that we were renting. We moved in last weekend. And I am happy to say that there are no more boxes in the kitchen! Yeah! And I cooked our first meal in the new house. I was getting tired of eating takeout!

We have been doing some improvements already.
First, we painted:

Balcony - BeforeBalcony - After

We went with a neutral tan throughout the house, but are planning on doing accent walls as well. These pictures are of the "Retreat" also known as the knitting room! Of course my favorite room in the house! and the balcony overlooks the formal living room in the front of the house.

Then we changed the lighting in the kitchen:

Kitchen - BeforeKitchen - After

We took out the track lighting and decided on with recessed lighting. Much brighter!

There will be LOTS of new projects. And the best part is we can make it our own! We can do what we want. I am thankful that DH is handy. He has tools and is not afraid to use them!

Majc seems to like the new house. She knows where the treats are! And I think she is just happy that she got to come along and live in the new house too!

Majc loves the new house

Majc loves the new house

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holiday Knitting Complete

Joy and happiness abound!
All my holiday knitting is done!!
I am so happy!!
I kept the list short this year on purpose.
Short and sweet and stress-free.

For my Fellowship's secret Santa, I have Abby, a cute little 4 year old who likes accessories of all kinds.

Tams for Abby

Yarn: KnitPicks Palette, handdyed and Hyacinth
Needles: Addi Turbo 2.5mm and 3.25mm
Pattern: Basic Tam Pattern from Knitted Tams by Mary Rowe

For my work secret Santa, she likes socks and her favorite color is green. Too easy!

Green/Blue/Tweed ribbed socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Essential Tweed handdyed
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony 2.25mm dpn's
Pattern: my basic toe up with 2X2 ribbing
short row heel and toe
6 inches between heel and toe
5 inch cuff
modified Russian bindoff

Monday, December 10, 2007

Knit Group Gift Exchange

Saturday was our second annual knit group gift exchange and holiday party. This year's event was hosted graciously by Ellen in her beautiful home in Castle Rock. The weather tried to slow us down, by we overcame that obstacle and had a wonderful time!

Gift Exchange

There were party favors provided by Linda and Kirsten.
Thank you ladies!

Sea Salt OrnamentsScrubbies

We did a Chinese gift exchange. You know how it goes, everyone picks a number. You chose a gift or steal a gift from another. Rules vary, I know. It was so fun! I ended with lovely yarn and stitch markers brought by Anne.

Yarn from Gift Exchange

Yarn: Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool, laceweight, Dark Plum

I was also very excited about who got the surprise that I brought. I had been planning for a while.

Socks I brought to exchange

Remember these? These socks did not fit me. I was going to rip them and reknit, but it was suggested that they would be a great gift for our gift exchange. What a hit! They fit Linda perfectly! She immediately put them on her feet so that nobody would steal them. It worked! I am so glad that they found a nice home!!

What a great time! I wish I had gotten more pics to share of some of the other fabulous gifts! There was ALOT of oooooh's and aaaaah's! Brie's miniature set, Christy's handspun yarn, and personal dye day invite, the Noro, just to name a few.

I will leave you with this photo the DH took. He doesn't take many, but this one really captured the moment.

Blue Sky after a snowfall

Colorado blue sky after a snowfall.
This is why we stay here! What a view!

Now back to packing, ugh!