Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving; Progress without Satisfaction

Thanksgiving always makes for a crazy week. The kids were out of school after Tuesday, and I had a dentist appointment on Tuesday, so there wasn't much time this week to make any real progress on anything.

We spent Thanksgiving day with my father-in-law and his wife. They cooked; I made the desserts -- one apple pie and one pumpkin-ginger cheese tart. Yum. The only problem with this arrangement is that it leaves us with no precious leftovers. So today I roasted up a large turkey breast and made some cranberry sauce, with stuffing and brocolli as well. Mmmmm. And now we have leftovers :)

On Wednesday night (the anniversary of our first date) we took the boys to see "Enchanted." First choice had been "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," but it didn't start until too late. I really enjoyed "Enchanted," but the boys hated it with all the burning passion that two girl-hating little testosterone nuggets can manage. Needless to say, the movie was way too girly for them. I was reminded in no uncertain terms that this is a household in which estrogen is in the minority. But it was nice to indulge my inner little girl and see a princess-y movie. I'm sure that won't happen again for a looooooong time.

Knitting-wise, it's been a slow week, like I said. I've gotten almost no knitting done on Autumn Rose. I've made some very good progress on my Milkmaid Stocking (from Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters), because I can do a little bit here and there in between bits in the kitchen. I've modified the pattern a bit. The original pattern has a nice triangle/geometric lace pattern going up the arch of the foot and up onto the leg, but it also has some added ribbing at the back of the ankle, some futzy stuff up the leg, and a bit of feather and fan-type stuff at the top cuff. It all looks nice on the sock in the book, but I wanted a cleaner look. I eliminated all but the lace insert and one rib going up each side of the leg, framing the insert. I'm not sure exactly what I'll do at the cuff. I'm almost there, so I need to decide soon.

I like this "architecture" a lot. I've got lots of ideas for patterns to put in that arch triangle are swirling about that will find their way into future socks.

On a more general life-level, my husband says I need to relax. Yes! I do! Please to take kids and go away now so I can sit and knit and relax! But no, that's not what he has in mind. Don't know what he has in mind, but it doesn't involve what I think will be relaxing. Somehow he thinks that the row here or there that I knit today in between cleaning and cooking while he and the kids ran around the house should be relaxing. Ha! (Insert bitter laugh here.)

And a final bit of good news: today we got tickets to go see "Spamalot" in December! I've wanted to see this for a long time, so it will make a nice kick-off to the holiday season.


Scott T. said...

Your husband's clearly some kind of ass. He probably did nothing today around the house, huh. Didn't clean any frightening dark corners of your house.

I'm an attractive, middle-aged man with a very financially rewarding job and the physique of a 25 year old. Perhaps we should meet, and I could take you away.

Scott T. said...

by the way, cool sock