I've been sort of waiting to write a blog post.
First, there was all the lead-up to Thanksgiving.
By the way, every year, us "girls" take a picture in pretty much the same formation. Although it is a little strange to see yourself age or change throughout the years, this is a fun tradition.
Here is this year's Thanksgiving picture; I always get to make the potatoes. My sister Dooze is always holding a martini shaker or pouring milk into the mash, and then the third person (my sister's sister-in-law or mother-in-law) gets to do whatever they want to:
It's nice to have a husband who is a professional photographer. There were special lights hanging from the pots and pans above, giving us such a Thanksgiving-ish "glow." You can't tell by the picture that Loretta had gotten into something and had been throwing up all over the joint. Or, that it was 90 degrees outside and we were sweating like crazy. All in all it was a great day. (P.S. I made my shirt dress. I'll post about it after I talk enough about yarn and knitting.)
Then, there was Black Friday. Oy.
Then, there was Cyber Monday.
And all manner of other things that get in the way this time of year.
Things are getting out of control. It's all so noisy.
When things get out of control, I shut down.
That is just my way of dealing with all the chaos.
I just want to get back to the regular day-to-day things. You know: knitting, some sewing, some weaving and such. (And finishing up my next book) I don't like feeling like I need to wait for things to die down in order to reach out or write a post.
Sort of another subject entirely: You know how I feel about knitting gifts. I usually just don't do it unless it is for Girlfriend or HWWV. They like the hats or socks that I make and they use them. I once knit for my niece who lives in Colorado and I saw that she was wearing what I made for her, which made me smile. Yesterday, my brother whispered in my ear that she'd like a "Wendy Scarf" for Christmas. That made me so happy that I cast on for a simple herringbone scarf with some Pagewood Farms yarn. (Don't remember the color name. Oh wait: It's called "Crayon.") You can look in your favorite stitch dictionary for a herringbone pattern or look at Favorite Scarf Ever for the pattern. I looked at it, but I read up on other people's modifications before I cast on. I think I'll put some tiny pom poms on the points.
What do you do when there's too much noise?
The chaos this time of year can kiss my grits.