Friday, November 26, 2004

Twas the day After Thanksgiving....

Thanksgiving is now over. Funny how quickly the holidays come and go. This Thanksgiving isn’t going to go down as one of the most memorable in history, but it was wonderful all the same. The traditional fire in the fireplace was going, as was the football game on TV. We were particularly lucky this year to have snow.


As is tradition in our house, an over-abundance of food was cooked. My mom has a knack for making much more food than could possibly be eaten by seven people. I think one of the main reasons for this is the fact that she didn’t want anyone going home empty handed. Indeed I think that was an impossibility due to the fact that we not only had one turkey….. we had two.

That’s 26 pounds of turkey…..for seven people…..one of whom is vegetarian…..

Such are the holidays in my house. Another tradition has always been to put up the Christmas tree and decorations the day after thanksgiving.

Ah, there she is, old faithful, all tucked away. That is the 10-foot artificial tree we’ve had since I was ten. She has given us 13 years of service, dutifully allowing herself to be made and unmade year after year. Putting up with the cats who seem to be fascinated to no end by climbing through her branches. This year will be no different. In fact, she may see more climbing action due to the fact that there are now two new cats, still in kitten phase.

And then there are the various other Christmas decorations we’ve had packed away in the garage since last year…

And you thought your family had a lot of decorations. I’ll be sure to post pictures once there all up to show you just how festive a house can become!

As for knitting, I finished my Debbie Bliss cashmerino, cabled sweater in time to wear on Thanksgiving day. You should have seen me sewing in ends a couple hours before we were due to eat! I can tell you if there is anything I truly dislike about knitting, it’s sewing in ends. I, unlike most people I know, love to piece the sweater together. There’s just some underlying satisfaction I get from seeing those seams come together so perfectly. But the ends…..those I dread. But, I sucked it up and did them anyway and I was left with a wonderfully finished sweater….


If you’re wondering about the mittens….well….I frogged them. I wasn’t very satisfied with the way they were turning out and there was just something about them I didn’t like so….I ripped them out. It hurt, I know, but it had to be done. Today I’m going to be trying them again, in different colors and I think a different pattern. We’ll see if I like those better!

7 comments:

Susan said...

Erin, that sweater is absolutely gorgous! You are swiftly becoming my knitting idol! Happy to hear that you had an enjoyable holiday. See you Saturday, I hope. - Susan

um said...

what a gorgeous sweater! you're incredible! wow! sounds like your thanksgiving was very traditional - that's awesome. i don't think my little family has any traditions yet, other than watch me go nutso trying to get stuff baked and cooked in time. and wow, a 10-foot tree? that's humongo!

Lauren said...

Your sweater is piece of art! I seriously love the design, and it seems to fit you perfectly in this picture. It looks so soft and warm... what pattern was this? I might just need one of these soon...

Thanks for sharing your lovely Thanksgiving photos :)

Kimberly said...

I have to echo how beautiful your sweater is! It's gorgeous.

Lisa said...

Your sweater is gorgeous! It fits you so well, too! I love the color and the design. Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to seeing your house all decked out. We just pulled out our decorations last weekend and we're going to get a tree this coming weekend. I'm so excited! :)

Anonymous said...

Erin, the sweater turned out great! It's lovely on you.

Katie
http://kjknits.typepad.com

alison said...

Beautiful sweater! It looks great on you. Congrats on finishing it for Thanksgiving.