Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ahh Christmas

We had a nice relaxed one here and I still managed to get a bit of a migraine. So more rest and relaxation are on my schedule. We are expecting snow here so who knows what the day will bring.

I did finish my grey alpaca shawl and will be enjoying it soon. Now I am facing a common knitter's dilemma. What to work on now? Do I finally suck it up and find a way to finish the blue sweater so I can finally start another sweater for D without guilt or do I just jump into the lovely green woolliness that will be D's next sweater without thought? So how should I start the new year without guilt or without thought....wait that does not quite sound right.

My library is experiencing its normal post Christmas growth. I love getting books for Christmas. I rarely can decide to buy on my own but for others to buy for me is awesome. I now have Knitter's Book of Yarn to go with my copy of Knitters Book of Wool. I had held off on getting that one but after I checked it out of the library for the 5th time I added it to my amazon wish list. I received two sock knitting books and a mitten book.

I also received a bread book that will probably make D just as happy as me. Hey Kisknit they have a recipe for bialys, you interested? (See comments from post 'Don't Blink) I will be able to try out my new Danish dough whisk and my new dough scraper. I do so love the feel of bread dough in my hands, it makes me feel like I accomplished something with my day, I made bread I can sleep tonight! Yes, I know I am weird, thanks.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking was added to my library by my Mom, Thanks Mom! D is not as happy about that one but I'm sure he will see the light after one of the meals. He is not a big fancy food guy but does not realize that it has basic food too. Although I don't think the aspic chapter will see any use. Aspic is a savory jelly, often made with meat stock, used as a garnish, or to contain pieces of food such as meat, seafood, or eggs, set in a mold; according to my computer's dictionary. I think of it as jello with non marshmallow or fruit items in it, or 'just plain wrong'. Some of us are not adventurous when it comes to eating.

I leave you with the view from my lap on Christmas eve. My now finished shawl is in the foreground, the back of Jack's head is just beyond, and finally my tree.

Merry Christmas!


  1. I'm honored that both of my books now grace your shelves. And as for Julia's book, one taste of her Carbonnades a la Flamande and D will be a convert. Merry Christmas!

  2. I have the Knitter's Book of Yarn and I absolutely love it! It is probably the book that I have learned the most from out of all the books in my collection. And how cool that the author commented on your blog, too!

    I just looked up bialys, and now I an intrigued...

  3. Clara, thank you for writing those wonderful books! I went to look up what Carbonnades a la Flamande were but I got lost in all the other recipes. So much to try. I really want to make Coq a Vin.

    Adriene, I totally wanted to go all fan girl about Clara posting here, I did call my husband. He was not as giggly as me but he was suitably impressed.

    I will post pictures and results here when I make the bialys, how else will my mother in law know how much I enjoyed her gift. Thanks for reading!

  4. Yes yes yes to bialys!