Mom is participating, for the second year, in a cookie exchange. I, for the second year, have been enlisted as assistant baker. That's on the morning docket.
This afternoon, I hope to make it to the candy store. I have one of the breathtakingly beautiful, slip-trail decorated bowls that my sister makes and wish to have it filled with nuts and chocolate for my boss and his wife. Mmmm, the candy store, chocolate...
I also need to buy some 2US DPNs. I can't believe I don't have even a single set! I wanted to start some mittens last night -- I did start some mittens but they will soon be ripped. What in the world was I thinking? I've had some pain in my lower back the past few days and all I can say is that it must affect my knitting judgment, too.
The knitting has been pitiful, nothing worthy of a picture. To brighten things up around here, a pic of my own Christmas stocking. Obviously, I'd moved into the sampler stage by this time. I'm not really religious, but the vast majority of samplers have biblical verses -- I always kind of liked this one, anyway.
I should be cleaning or checking my list...
A few years ago, two of my sisters and I planned a shopping trip the weekend before Thanksgiving. The plan was to stay at a B&B near Minneapolis, and shop at the Mall of America. We found a very nice B&B in Stillwater, MN. Guess what? We never made it to the mall, we never even made it out of Stillwater -- we spent the entire weekend browsing and shopping in antique malls, kitchen/cooking stores, specialty clothing and accessories shops, gift shops, sporting goods stores (I had my brother's name that year).
It was an aligning of the stars or something. We all got a lot of shopping done, crossing items off our lists with every stop. Sometimes we'd browse through a shop and not really find anything until we were on the way out -- something would catch an eye and it turned out to be the mother-lode! On Saturday evening, as one store would close, we'd find that the next one on the block was open an hour later. I swear, it was like dominoes. Every time the grrs opened a gift that year, oooohing and aaaahing and asking where it came from, the answer was, "Stillwater." To this day, they think that Stillwater is a shopping mecca and would like to go there themselves one day.
I think I'd like to go again, too!
Stillwater?! That in my neck of the woods! Who needs the MOA when you have an amazing historical Main Street like Stillwater! Next time, take a paddleboat trip, it's beautiful and fun!
Posted by: Caryn | 15 December 2004 at 09:25 AM
it sounds like Shangrila ---- a vision in the mist! if it weren't for Caryn's comment, I might think you had dreamt it ....great stocking btw!
Posted by: ann | 15 December 2004 at 09:28 AM
Your stocking is beautiful.
Hope you got some cleaning done, I am still sewing and hoping no-one drops by, I might have to pretend I am out, easily done when you are 7 floors up!!
Posted by: yvette | 15 December 2004 at 09:46 AM
I LOVE trips like that, where you plan on going to one destination, but a completely fabulous one surprises you. Those are the shopping trips to remember (and go back again and again)!
You stocking is beautiful. If it were mine, it would be hanging up all year long! You do such lovely work with every medium!
Posted by: Curlie Girl/Kim | 15 December 2004 at 09:55 AM
Posted by: Melanie | 15 December 2004 at 10:12 AM
Hey cool! I grew up in Stillwater (back before it was the antique mecca it is today) My folks and sister still live there.
Posted by: Michelle | 15 December 2004 at 10:38 AM
Just had to tell you that I was looking at the stocking and my BF looked over my shoulder and said, "Is that cross-stitch?! That's sick," where sick is a very positive thing.
Posted by: Lauren | 15 December 2004 at 11:20 AM
I recognize that that stocking! You did a beautiful job. Even though we have moved on to knitting it’s fun to look at the beautiful things we made in the past.
Posted by: Margene | 15 December 2004 at 11:46 AM
That stocking is gorgeous. Five years ago, Joe's first Christmas, I made some quickie stockings from fabric panels with the intentions of knitting Fair Isle ones from Interweave Knits. Ya. We still have the ugly stockings up. I'm knitting the Fair Isle ones for next year! I figure if I knit one a quarter we'll be set.
Posted by: Jean | 15 December 2004 at 12:56 PM
Stillwater is in my neck of the woods too... I think you made a good choice there.
Posted by: Melissa | 16 December 2004 at 09:16 AM