Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sisters' Gifts 2011

Here is the 2011 edition of homemade "Sisters' Gifts." Crocheted snowflakes. I made snowflake #20 from 99 Snowflakes. While the priority is to make them for my mother, three sisters, three sisters-in-law and my sister-in-law's sister (who has no other family in the area), I always make enough to spread the love to teachers and close friends.

I think I made 30. Or 30 was my goal. I may have made more. Once I memorized the pattern, they were flying off the hook. I took my hook, crochet thread and scissors everywhere I went. I crocheted at the boys' basketball games, track meets, in the car while waiting for preschool to let out. Every.where. I'm almost sad I've finished. (Not quite sad enough to continue making them, though. The very worst part was pinning and starching those suckers. The pins killed my fingertips and the starch dried out my hands beyond recognition.)

Of course I added a bar of my handmade chocolate-mint soap with each gift.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas + Happy New Year


This year's Christmas card photo. We had it taken in October, right after Joe retired. (It's been hard to keep in secret since then.)