Archive for December, 2007

I know, I am a day late. No real excuse, just too busy being festive I guess. For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful one. For those who don’t, I hope you had a great day too. Mine was filled with lots of family, food, and gifting.

If you have been reading you know I gifted some knit items this year. Did I finish everything?…well, no. But it turned out okay anyway. First up, we have a scarf for Emma.


This is the Noro Striped Scarf made popular by Brooklyntweed. For this little girl version I shortened it to 29 stitches and knit it about 4 feet long. This was an impulse gift that came about when I recommended this scarf to a coworker who just learned to knit. He would show me his progress and I became just as addicted as he did. I had to knit this scarf. Emma wears it beautifully.


This is a Log Cabin Sock (ravelry link) I knit for my Mom. Kara and I decided to each knit one of our parents this sock so they could walk around in matchy socks and know we love them. The other one still needs to be knit so I will give you all the project specs and take a better picture when it is completely done.

Finally, there is the project I was desperate to get finished but just didn’t…My brother’s Cobblestone Pullover. When he pulled the sweater in progress out of the box it kind of looked like an 80’s off the shoulder (a la Flash Dance) sweater and I believe he is still reserving his judgement. But I think once it grows a yoke it is going to look great on him. I already told him he is modeling it for the blog so you will see finished pics as soon as I can finish.

Well folks, blogging (almost) everyday has been fun. Doing it has given me some thoughts on my blog and what I should be writing or not writing or want to write or not want to write. I will share my thoughts will you all soon and get your feedback. Thank you all for reading my blog and taking the time to comment and share a bit of yourselves with me. Happy Holidays!

The following 5 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Cute scarf! And that sock looks so warm and comfy…

Happy holidays!

Posted by: Chris | 12/26/2007

As long as you keep blogging, that’s fine with me. I like seeing what talented knitters my own age with GOOD TASTE are making!

Posted by: Cobbalicious | 12/26/2007

Really great sock!

Posted by: Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 12/27/2007

I love this scarf–I have one on the needles, too.

Posted by: Alarming Female | 12/30/2007

So cute!!! 🙂

Posted by: Romi | 01/17/2008

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Christmas eve just might be my favorite part of the Christmas holiday. Christmas eve is a day that in and of itself is full of fun and tradition but when it is over…it isn’t over yet you know? I am not sure if it is the thrill of what is to come the next day and the hugely anticipated family party the night of, but I love every second of it. Tonight was no exception. Great family party where we ate too much, shared talents and stories, sang our favorite songs, and laughed just the right amount.


The girls in the aprons my mom made.

Now that the evening festivities are over, I am starting to feel a mixture of exhaustion and exhilaration. Many thoughts are going through my head: I hope my family likes what I got them. Please let me stay up late enough to finish my knit gifts. Maybe I could go to sleep now and wake up early with enough time to finish. Maybe…I’ll report back tomorrow. Merry Christmas everyone!

The following 2 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Merry Christmas!! 🙂

Posted by: Chris | 12/25/2007

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Cheryl S. | 12/25/2007

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My mom hands down makes the best sugar cookies ever. She also had the best cookie cutter ever: a gigantic pair of lips. I don’t know what it was about those huge sugar cookie, pink frosted lips but I would die of happiness whenever she made them. Her kids have not yet perfected the art of the sugar cookie, but tonight, we tried.


Not giant lips but our cookie cutters were of similarly impressive size.


Our first batch came out a wee bit poofy.


Ryan decorating a HUGE snowman.


I have to say, I did a nice job with this colorful lady.

So no, we are not experts. But we sure had fun baking. What is it about Christmas and cookies? When did that tradition get started I wonder? Not that I am complaining mind you. Making cookies=fun.

Of course, our afternoon activity has slowed my gift knitting progress. Must. Finish. Christmas eve allnighter anyone?

The following 4 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Is it weird that I wanted to lick my computer screen to try some of that frosting?
Cookies and Christmas…life doesn’t get much better than that.
I can’t believe how much your brother looks like your dad!

Posted by: Laurel | 12/23/2007

Yum! The cookies look delish. I’m on my way to grab a snack as we speak. As for the knitting allnighter, I’m there with ya. Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Martha | 12/24/2007

Christmas deja vu! Merry Christmas to you, grrlfriend!

Posted by: margene | 12/24/2007

excellent frosted lady!

merry christmas! sure love you and hope i get to see ya while were here!!

Posted by: meghan | 12/24/2007

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Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. I fell asleep before I had a chance to. I guess travel and Christmas preparations are tuckering me out. Tonight, I get to fly to Utah to spend the holidays with my family. I can’t wait!

I need to get packed right now but I am having some indecisiveness on what to bring. Namely, what do I bring to knit? I have two secret projects that are coming with me but if all goes according to plan those will be done by the 25th. I am kind of in the accessories knitting mood lately and so I am thinking it would be fun to work on some socks or a new hat. But maybe in a couple days I will be ready to tackle some of these bigger projects that have been looming in the back of my mind. And what about my WIPs?…it might be nice to finish something before the new year. So after some thought, here are my knitty plans for the holidays:

1. Finish Gifty Knits: More on these on the 25th.

2. Exchange Yarn for Autumn Rose Pullover: This project has been put on hold since I wasn’t feeling the color selections. While I am at my SLC LYS I can work on a perfecting my color selection.

3. Accessories knit of choice: Socks…Hat…gloves. I am letting myself choose what I feel like working on. So I will be bringing my Twisted Stitches Gloves and Eleanora socks just in case.

I am actually just dying to finish something. I feel like I have tons in the works but nothing is getting accomplished. It is starting to get to me. This year has just not been as productive knitting wise. I am itching to accomplish something big. It will just have to wait for 2008 I guess.

Well, that is all for now. Talk to you again when I am on the other side of the Rockies and after I have had a chance to hug these little ones.


I am the luckiest Aunt ever.

The following 4 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Good luck on finishing up your secret gifts. This year hasn’t been as productive knitting-wise for me either. If it weren’t for your sister linking to you, I would’ve have forgotten you are posting daily. Stinking Bloglines!

Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with your family!

Posted by: Wanda | 12/22/2007

How ’bout those Tyrolean stockings?

Posted by: Cheryl S. | 12/22/2007

Cute! Enjoy your Christmas at home!

Posted by: margene | 12/23/2007

Oh, yes you are the luckiest aunt, what beautiful children 🙂

Posted by: Knittypants | 12/23/2007

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I have to admit, there are some perks about my job I will never tire of. Getting to try these socks on for instance.


I loves them. I didn’t want to take them off. These are the Tyrolean Stockings from IK Fall 07 and I think I need a pair of my own.

Oh, and for the record, I am not wearing gaucho pants. Those are normal length jeans pulled up so you can see the stockings. Just in case you were wondering.

The following 10 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Gaucho Pants!!! You are right those sock are just lovely, can’t work just accidentally have them go missing? Is making them half the fun for you?

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 12/21/2007

The look fabulous! You’d need them if you were in Utah today! 10″ of snow and counting.

Posted by: margene | 12/21/2007

that’s a major job perk. i’m jealous that you got to try them on and feel them and love them. i would have smelled them. is that weird? whatever, i would have.

Posted by: rachel i. | 12/21/2007

Oh, those are GORGEOUS. Lucky lucky you!

Posted by: Chris | 12/21/2007

Those socks are beautiful, yes, you have some definite perks to your job 🙂

Posted by: Knittypants | 12/21/2007

I love those! So cute! I am super jealous of your knitterly perks at work!! People at my work always give me funny looks when I mention knitting!

Posted by: Kristine | 12/21/2007

They’re great! And they look like they’re a perfect fit, too.

Posted by: Cheryl S. | 12/21/2007

Sweet! And I actually think they’d look great with gauchos, just not in December in Colorado!

Posted by: Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 12/21/2007

No doubt about it. You need those socks!! Enjoy your holidays!

Posted by: Petunia | 12/21/2007

BEAUTIFUL!!!! hummmm *wanders off to go see if that issue is in my house.*

Posted by: kelly | 12/22/2007

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Dear Mr. Bloglines,

Why do you hate me so? You have refused to pick up feeds from all my days of Christmas blogging posts so far. Maybe it is Christmas you hate? Or Christmas countdowns? Perhaps you aren’t fond of the knitting…no, that can’t be it. All my other knitting friends blogs seem to be working just fine. Hmmm, I am at a loss.

Maybe blogspirit is the problem. Be honest, did they ask you to black-list me? Do you think blogspirit knows I am planning on leaving it for another blog service in the new year–one that is a little less french perhaps? I am not trying to be disloyal. I just got to do what I feel is right.

I will wait patiently for you to respond to my email of a few days ago. In the mean time, I will keep posting despite you. Someday I hope you will find my posts worthy of being read.


Erin (girlwhoknits)

The following 6 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

HI there girlwhoknits. No need to fear. Your blog is coming across loud and clear, here. Actually, you’ve inspired me to start blogging for the 12 days of Christmas blogging. Thank you. I enjoy reading your posts – always entertaining, as well as informative. 🙂
Do you thinkg it could be the weather that’s messing up your reception? Yea, that’s it. We’ll blame it on the weather. Hang in there. Happy Holidays. Martha

Posted by: Martha | 12/19/2007

There has to be a Scrooge in everybody’s Christmas, doesn’t there?

Posted by: sulafaye | 12/20/2007

Erin, your blog is coming through to Hong Kong without any difficulties! Keep blogging…it is so much fun to be updated daily!

Posted by: Posted by: Mom | 12/20/2007

Pooey, bloglines! They started hating my atom feed yesterday… *sigh*

Posted by: Chris | 12/20/2007

i know that this probably doesn’t help you, but i gave up bloglines for google reader quite some time ago. maybe if there are a lot of people having problems more will switch.

Posted by: Sara | 12/20/2007

Maybe when Bloglines has all of their beta stuff worked out it will be better. I’m not holding my breath – Google reader rules!

Posted by: Cheryl S. | 12/20/2007

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Anyone watching Clash of the Choirs? From the first commercial I saw for this show, I knew it would be awesome. After watching the first episode I feel that I was right. Especially due to the presence of one choir leader in particular…


My crush started when Blake Shelton was a judge on Nashville Star last season. Funny thing, I don’t even like country music–I just really like the show. After seeing him last night on Clash of the Choirs, I was reminded of my little crush.

Go Team Sheldon!

(And yes, I know this is kind of ridiculous, but it is honest.)

(Oh, and if I am being perfectly honest, Patti LaBelle’s choir brought down the house and even–though I hate to say it–Nick Lachey’s choir did a pretty amazing job.)

The following 6 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

“do do do do, do do do do.”
you are kara are totally on the same wavelength. that’s pretty funny.

Posted by: megs | 12/19/2007

Phew, I was getting worried! Sorry about Bloglines, but I’m glad I know that you’re not being a Grinch after all! With both your recommendations, I’m going to have to check Clash of the Choirs out!

Posted by: sulafaye | 12/19/2007

Hmm, Bloglines hates you and your comments hate me! Please, please, comments, let me tell Erin hello!

Posted by: sulafaye | 12/19/2007

Clash of the Choirs is so great! I love Blake. I think it will come down to his and Patti’s choir. Rightfully so to.

I really didn’t care much for Nick’s last night….. but it was okay.

Posted by: Posted by: Melissa | 12/19/2007

I just think the phrase “Nick Lachy’s choir” is really funny. Is it just me? Okay, maybe it is. You and Kara are a hoot and half. Seriously.

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