Preparations, Purls and Patterns

Life goes on and this is a very busy week for which I’m grateful. I’ll be spending an afternoon with my Mum and Sisters – the l’il big Bro works shifts 😦 – followed by wrapping up a crocheted crib blanket for my very first grand niece-ling. A visit to the dentist today – chipped a tooth! – as a former CDA, I’m mildly freaked about that. Thursday is official ‘Sit ‘N Knit’ at my LYS but I may forgo as Friday brings our departure for 2015’s Needler’s Retreat!

I can definitely say, this has been an excellent diversion. I’ll be vending in person, as opposed to selling on Etsy, et al and creating and updating my Seller’s ‘tool kit’ has been at the top of my list. My presentation will be very simple as the Vendor’s Night portion of the weekend is small, the bulk of the time being devoted to workshops. I’ll include an info stand with my Berroco interview in print and business cards, a binder with a selection of patterns and samples for those. Hopefully, I’ll create some new connections and broaden my customer base. I’ll be including the first of my professionally tech edited patterns and one or two of my friend Francine’s (of Fancy That) shawl pins. Verra excited 🙂

On the homefront, I did a redux on my bar cart / microwave stand yesterday. It’s not my favourite piece, being from the ‘year of apartment living’ but it’s useful and so I thought I’d make it more presentable. The DK version of Matinée ~ Marbles is done too.

A little gallery of the knits, the Duct Tape Diva stuff and the last of October:

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Three More Sleeps!

Annndd…

I am panicking!!

My family is coming over Christmas Eve for our first family Christmas in two years. I want everything to be perfect but realistically, that won’t happen. Perfect and Karin are mutually exclusive. I still have little islands of boxes here and there, nothing is quite “done” yet but I remind myself, there’s only me to do it.

I have “custody” of much of the Christmas we accrued over the years, seeing as I have the space and that’s been put out. It’s both a comfort and bittersweet, with a quiet joy and calmness thrown in for good measure. Steve the Werewolf is in the crèche, the drunken partridge ornament – the musical tweet gave out long ago but is an endless source of giggles – is out.

Making Christmas, Making Christmas, FA-LA-LA

I am officially “Karin Two Trees Bole”, as my living room ficus is decorated with wee twinkle lights and a more traditional tree is downstairs. I sniffled a little over my Santa collection, so nice to see them again. I managed the lights on my own – really chuffed as this was always Mr. Man’s job. Gifts are slowly being wrapped and I finished my Christmas groceries this morning before heading to visit my Nanny.

The baking was started tonight – again – panic and mayhem… It would be much easier to bake if I still had things like: mixing bowls, a mixer… I haven’t missed them in the last two years and if I didn’t eat any, whipping whipped shortbread would be Olympic training! Nonetheless, they are done and looking lovely:

*to the tune of "the twelve days of Christmas": Thirty whipped shortbreads... Wait- only twenty-nine...

A day and a half left of work and then we’ll all be together for a new tradition, non-traditional Christmas feast of Chipotle chicken chili, Mexican rice and chili cheese biscuits with pumpkin shortbread and social tea squares to join the shortbread.

Wish me luck and if you know any elves… send them my way 😉