Now that Christmas is over, it seems like a good time to catch you up on some of the goings on around here...
First, let me show you the advent calendar in its entirety:
I think it turned out really well, and since they're just little magnets, they're easy to store away and take out again next year. I have some other fun ideas for how to make shrinky plastic advent calendars - maybe I'll get to those next year. :)
Christmas day was a fun day for us. We had a nice lazy day filled with lots of cooking, and then sat down to a great big turkey dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, stuffing, and tourtiere.
Our friend Gabriel joined us for dinner - here he is pouring the champagne - the perfect accompaniment to turkey, I'm sure!
Boxing Day was equally quiet - we tried to go online shopping to get in on the deals, only to remember that America doesn't do Boxing Day. So we just spent the day playing board games instead. :)
There's also been lots of knitting going on here...
This is the 'Over the (Hudson) river and into the (Canadian) woods' scarf, so named because I started knitting it on my trip to Ottawa in October. I made it for my PhD Supervisor, as a 'thank you for putting up with me and for being such a great supervisor' gift. Its made with Noro Kureyon, and Terra Yarn from the Fibre Company. Terra is a silk, alpaca, merino blend, and I think its about the squishiest yarn ever. I love it, and if only it were just a little bit less expensive, I think I might have been forced to buy out all of Purl's stock. :)
Next on the FO list is Igor, a Doctor Elephant from Russia, who passed through New York on his way up to Ottawa to see Emmett, and help him through some upcoming minor surgeries.
The pattern is one of the Lovable toys from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. His coat is a very much modified tomten jacket, and the stethoscope was just something I made up as I went - just an i-cord that became a Y, and a modified Elephant's foot really. :)
More recently, I've been working on a Tomten Jacket for Mike's cousin, which I believe is to be passed on to her friend. I just finished it today, and its currently bathing. I made the Tomten out of Karabella's Aurora 8 yarn, and it has a tendency to grow - I'll post my findings on my ravelry page once its dry.
I have one other knitted item to share, but I'm afraid it will have to wait a few days... its not yet received its recipient, since I seem to have been incompetent with the post this Christmas! :)
But now, I think I must be going... I have a pot of poultry stock on the go, and I think (after almost 5 hours) its getting close to done! :)