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We had a great Christmas visit in Wisconsin.

It was a white Christmas, and when it wasn't too cold, we had some play time.

The presents were lovely. For example, here's my Fabric Haul, part one. (More coming during a shopping trip to Kokomo/Indianapolis.)

I also got a "shopping spree" at Knit Picks. I bought Wool of the Andes Bulky in a variety of "flavors" for weaving rugs.

The pups got some presents, too, and enjoyed sharing them. With each other.

During the trip to Wisconsin and during the visit, I worked on Soren's "Green Pastures" cardigan and finished it, except for sewing the buttons on and blocking, which I will do when we get home. The pattern is "Welcome to the Flock" by Julia Farwell-Clay. The yarn is Swish Worsted in Dublin, White and Black.

Daphne has been wearing her bigger version, which she got for Christmas. I love that she recognized that the blobs across the yoke were supposed to be sheep. We went out for breakfast at the Blue Moon in Onalaska for my birthday, the day after Christmas. Daphne enjoyed playing Zoo Train on my iPhone.

We got the waitress to take a photo of all of us after our food arrived.

Daughter Karen and I were wearing our boas, made for us by SIL/DIL Alexa. Karen and I are both knitters, so we appreciate the work that goes into any knitted gift, and love that someone knitted for us!

Zachary had fun eating--I mean drawing with--the crayons.

I was so grateful not to be sick on my birthday and remembered the awful time I had last year. Good health is the best present of all!

I worked on my "Green Tea" socks. Here's where I was a couple of days ago. 

The yarn is Panda Silk, and the pattern is  the Broad Spiral Rib from Charlene Schurch's More Sensational Knitted Socks. I have finished the first sock and started the second. I hope to post a photo of it next week.

We left Wisconsin on Saturday to go to Indiana. Planned excitement there includes a do-it-yourself quilt-shop-hop, when I will spend the "funny money" I got for Christmas designated for just such an adventure. It will be wonderful to see our son and his wife. They didn't make it to our camping trip, so it will be a great reunion.

What's on my needles: "Green Tea" socks for me, one sock finished, second one started. Dogwood Blossoms and Christmas Waffle sweater, travel knitting.

What's on my loom: Christmas present scarves languishing on the loom at home.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: During the trip here, we listened to Innocence by Dean Koontz from audible. Perhaps his best yet. I'm still listening to The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey from Audible. Listening to the Fiber Hooligan podcast and the Knit Picks podcast.

What's my app of the week: Zoo Train. Wonderful entertainment for a preschooler. 

What's in my wine glass: Charles Shaw (aka "Two-Buck Chuck" or "Three-Buck Chuck," depending on where you buy it. For us, it's "Three-Buck Chuck," because we bought it at the Trader Joe's in Rochester, MN) Merlot. Taking some home. 

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 31, 2013 at 7:26am
Joan, it's like getting to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice! And the practice is fun.
Debbie, you're so sweet, and I'm glad you love my posts. I really hope to have more quilting to show of in the new year. I need to make two I-spy quilts for the boys for their second birthdays coming up in April and July, and I really, really want to finish my quilting UFOs this year, all four of the ones that are in various stages of completion, but not the ones with just one or two blocks. That might be too ambitious. If I were a machine-quilter, I could do them all easily, I think, but I want to hand-quilt all four!
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on December 31, 2013 at 7:01am

Your family is beautiful.  Your work still amazes me.  Love your posts.  

Comment by Joan on December 31, 2013 at 5:29am

Oh!  Socks!  Still trying to sneak up on knitting here.  Keep reading my Elizabeth Zimmerman books, sort of like sleeping with your school book under your pillow hoping the knowledge will transfer to your brain.  Grin.  That was back in high school, but the night before finals a girl is ready to try anything.   Like your comment about the boas and they are pretty.  Crocheted two 80" long scarves for presents this year.  Think I must have ripped out and redone each one at least four times.  Still slogging away at a baby sweater in crochet that didn't make the Christmas rush.  Ugh!  How do you do this?  You make it look so easy. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 30, 2013 at 5:24pm

Donna, we're birthday sisters!

Comment by Pam/NY on December 30, 2013 at 2:09pm

Happy Birthday ladies! Your family all look very happy...the kids are cute as can be. Wish I had someone to knit for me...lucky gals. Those look so warm.

Comment by Donna Sykes on December 30, 2013 at 1:48pm

Appears everyone had a great holiday. I, too, celebrated a birthday on the 26th. Wishing you a healthy and prosperous year ahead!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on December 30, 2013 at 9:27am

So glad you had a healthy and wonderful Christmas. Your Indiana Hop sounds like it will be fabulous and great fun too.  Love the socks you are making.  Such talent!

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