I am EXHAUSTED (in a good way)!!! Here are a few holiday knitting highlights.
For a few minutes, I didn't think I'd ever get a shot of the Mackluks in action... or, rather, not in action.
Calorimetry looks like it was made for my niece! Hey, what do ya know? It was!!
In the knitterly gifts-for-me department, I received a copy of "Folk Shawls" from DH and Katie gave me a gift certificate for a local yarn shop.
I stayed up 'til the wee hours on the 26th, sewing knit uppers to suede soles for DH's birthday slipper socks. Holy cow, there are a lot more holes in the 11" sole than in the 5-incher! I guess I thought they'd be spaced differently or something... they're not. DH was fast asleep by the time I finished, and I swapped old slippers for new in the place at the foot of the bed where he keeps them. He recognized the knitting right away, of course, because I'd been working on them right under his nose for two days, but I can be quite convincingly vague, when necessary, about what I'm working on: "Oh, just some socks or something." They fit wonderfully.
Per unanimous decision, I baked oatmeal for birthday breakfast instead of baking a cake! He likes oatmeal for breakfast and eats it often, and I've been wanting to try this for quite a while -- though I never, hardly ever actually make breakfast -- so it was a nice treat for all. And yummy. It smelled divine and tasted delicious (thanks for the recipe, Gretchen)! The girls had him open their gifts at different times during the day. It's a toughie, celebrating a birthday the day after Christmas, making an effort to keep it his special day and not an extension of Christmas (or, more likely, rushing it and rolling it right into Christmas). Birthdays matter, no matter your age, and even if a person says they don't matter, they really do. I know we did our jobs successfully today when DH said that he felt "cared for" and that he could sense the thoughtfulness that went into choosing his gifts. You know, a couple of CDs and some socks and a book (some of these things from Goodwill) -- nothing outrageous, nothing expensive -- but they're things that he mentioned, that he wanted, that he knew took a little bit of effort (or time to knit/sew), just for him. Can't ask for more than that on your birthday. ; )
I'm back to work tomorrow -- Wednesday -- but it'll definitely feel like Monday, what with the holiday and the extra day off today (not to mention Friday off, too), and I'll have LOTS to catch up on and do, so if you need me, you know where I'll be. ; ) I'll try to come up for air a few times!!