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off to the jerz

I'm not sure if this is cheating in blogland, but I forgot to post this last week when I wrote it - oops! Original post in black, updates in green.

I just realized my last post of any substance (i don't count memes as substantial) was 12 days ago!

So, we're off to my parents' place in Jersey and I still have to pack for myself, j, and the animals and we're leaving as soon as J gets home from work. It will be our first roadtrip with both pets. Besides their constant fighting like cats and dogs (ha ha, I kill me!), they both have eccentric car personalities. Zoe yowls like a human infant and sniffles for a good portion of the ride. She's also persists in sneaking by me onto the dashboard, or better yet near the brade pedal. Miles secretly throws up. Secret because I keep an eye on him, but don't notice until the ride is over. Needless to say, no knitting will be accomplished.

Update: Zoe did in fact yowl the entire way and Miles secretly threw up on the return trip to CT. Other than that, endless holiday traffic, and night and rain descending on us at about 4pm, the ride was a success!

In checking out my last entry, I actually laughed out loud at everything I thought I could finish before the holidays. Talk about overzealous. What I seemed to forget is that amongst all the crafting, there's always something that gets in the way. The little thing like work, sleep, cooking dinner, shopping for last minute gifts, watching Grey's Anatomy. You know, the important stuff.

Despite my utter defeat, here's where I stand:
Homeade Cards - Storebought cards sent - i did emboss them, though! FINISHED

Beau, J's holiday sweater - *so* close to finishing up the sleeves (now that's a broken record). Front and Back blocked and awaiting seaming. I forgot how long sleeves take - especially man sleeves. it's like knitting a whole other front and back. grrr. Here's where it stands now (with sneak peak of the Weekender Bag):

(that's the cat kneading the sweater pieces. She likes to chew on the sweater while kneading - I think she's a freak cat)

Update: Sweater - finito and worn on Christmas (I finished sewing the buttons on about 30 minutes before we left for the holiday party, but that's not important). Hubby looked damn fine sporting the new FO!

SIL Legwarmers - 1.5 complete. Already had gift exchange and promised them next week. Oops. I'm a terrible secret santa. 1.75 complete

Gift Tags - Handmade and more importantly, FINISHED!! Check it -

Sweater Ornaments - I forgot them were on my list until I reread my entry. That sums it up.

Weekender Bag #2 - Fabric arrived....yeah, that's all. No shock with this one, though.
Update - The fabric choice was a surprise to my sister. She asked for the sunbloom fabric I used for my bag, but I soon discovered it was discontinued (what a bummer, huh - I had plans for many of the designs). I checked high and low and finally broke the news to her. She suggested I just choose a fabric. I was finally ordering the fabric and noticed a website I overlooked on Amy's site (we're on a first name basis, obviously) that had the fabric!! I was ecstatic, but kept the news to myself until xmas morning. So, yes, I'm basically making the exact same bag again.

Cookies - One batch. okay.

Orange Hat - What hat? That's not really a holiday gift, more of a winter gift, so no guilt with this one! I'm eyeying this as a potential pattern.

Wow, what a sad list. My new goal? Finish J's sweater for xmas. Yay! Success!

If I don't check in sooner, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Update - Hope everyone had a happy holiday! We're back in Connecticut now, but are leaving for Jersey again tomorrow morning, spending a few days there, then off to DC to partay like rocktars with some college buds. If I don't pop back on here, have a safe and happy new year!

PS - FO reports coming soon for Beau and the Weekender Bag.


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