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2006 Recap

Alyson, girl, you are ON A ROLL here! Yes, you figured it out. I am using all of your blog ID’s (or email addy’s) as my antispam words! :D I am adding everyone that posts to the list – but abbreviated. As part of my KFYS07, I want to share my stash with all of you, my dear loyal readers. So each month I will be giving away a package to one of you. All you have to do is comment on my posts. If your antispam word happens to be YOUR OWN EMAIL OR BLOG ID, all you have to do is copy down the spelling shown, email it to me at rosigarmendia AT gmail DOT com and I will pick one winner each month. I will let you pick from a list of goodies. ;)

Although I don’t always reply, I love reading all of your comments and thoughts. I feel like someone out there actually wants to read what I have to say and look at my crappy (but sometimes good) pictures. :D

Now, to recap 2006. A year of many tears, smiles, laughter amongst the tears and a blessing to our family amidst all of the pain, Gian Lucius. That little baby has become our sunshine in this house. From the oldest to the youngest, he brightens our days with his smile and I thank God each and every day for having sent him safely to us.

Boy that thumb is good! GianFingers YUMMM (4)I

For the knitting recap:

Wow! I have more FOs than I thought. 49 total. I know there are 1 or 2 that I didn’t count.

To make it an even 50, here’s a DPN case I made this afternoon. Yes, I sew. LOL I wanted a case that held ALL of my dpns and I couldn’t find one commercially. Not even on ebay. Plus I wanted it made out of chinese silk. I used about a half yard of black and 1/4 yard of red. You like?

Chinese Silk DPN Case (3) Chinese Silk DPN Case (2)Chinese Silk DPN CaseChinese Silk DPN Case (1)

Well, I want to wish everyone a healthy, wonderful, safe, happy, joyous New Year! I hope it’s also FULL of happy knitting time for all of you!

Happy 2007 from Chez G.!!!


Catching Up

SantaWow, I hadn’t posted in almost ten days! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Mine was a bit tough to get through (because of what this year has been and TWFKAM and me trying to remember if she EVER gave me a wonderful holiday like I was trying to give my kids – the short answer to that is No). But I won’t make this a depressing post. I’m here to share with you what our holiday at the Chez G house was like.

Christmas 2006Kandy Kane Kids 2006I decided this would be a year where we would start some holiday traditions. We already had one where the kids get to choose a gift on Christmas EVE morning and open it. They get to take all their gifts out from under the tree, shake each one and choose. To add to this (and plus cuz we exagerrated on the gifts this year) I decided to let them open one of their stocking stuffers on the day BEFORE Christmas Eve. This worked well because this year it fell on a Saturday. I don’t know if this will work on all years tho. I also decided to start giving them red pj’s as gifts so they got to open those, too. Then they had to wear them for each Christmas morning. :D

We also played Christmas carols and I made hot chocolate for everyone. Then on Christmas Day we had a couple friends of ours over for brunch. I made three different types of Quiche, which we’d never eaten. Spinach and Cream Cheese, Veggies-Bacon-Cheddar, and Cheddar-Bacon. These came out SOOO good. We LOVED them. We had them with croissants, mini-bagels, homemade jam (no, i didn’t make it!), coffee and OJ.

So, Chez G Christmas Traditions:

  1. open a stocking stuffer and red pjs gifts on day before Christmas Eve
  2. open a gift on Christmas Eve
  3. hot chocolate
  4. christmas carols
  5. brunch on christmas day

Kinda cool, right? The kids loved it and this was very important to me. I always want them to have what I. Never. Had. Bitter, much???

I asked Mr. G. to get me something for me to rip into for Christmas morning – preferably from The Yarn Tree.  The result:

The Gift 1 The Gift 2JAAAAAAAAAAAAARN!

Silk/Merino (218 yds) and Silk/Merino Boucle (390 yds). :D

I got him a Playstation Portable (PSP) – figured it’d keep him entertained so I can knit in peace!

Holiday HaulOf course I gifted myself plenty of yarny goodness for the holidays. Part of my bonus from work and gifts from bosses is always set aside for me to get myself anything I want. The haul this year:

  • Handmaiden Seasilk
  • Araucania Nature Wool
  • Colorado Durango
  • K1C2 Angora Soft
  • Knit Picks Sock Merino
  • Yarnahoy Lace, Superwash Sock, and Sock Merino/Tencel
  • Valley Yarns Tweed and Cotton
  • SRK Ovation
  • Lite Lopi
  • 9 Addi Circs, plus an Addi Circ Case
  • Webs Interchangeable Bamboo Needles
  • Opal Sock Yarns
  • Chinese Silk Fabric

Nice haul huh? Most of this stuff came from Webs, Yarnahoy, Astrid’s Dutch Obsessions, Kangaroo, Knitty City and DeStash. I also got a crapload of books from Crafters Choice and Amazon.

This is all in preparation for KFYS07. Join in folks. This promises to be a year FULL of FO’s for knitters all across the world! Grab the button off my sidebar if you’d like.

As far as the New Year goes, I don’t really make resolutions. Sure I’d like to lose a few pounds but that’s an ongoing battle with me. One thing tho: I believe a lot in that whatever you’re doing at midnight is how you’ll spend your year. This year REALLY proved it. Last year, we decided to wait out midnight at my aunt’s house. We were surrounded by negativity and by people full of bad thoughts towards everyone in general (sounds fucked up, but true) and we sure as hell spent a HORRIBLE year, with the exception of G-Luc arriving. One year, midnight arrived while I was watching a movie with the kids – we spent that year watching lots of movies! We LOVE movies so that’s fine by me. Another year, I was washing dishes and didn’t realize it was already midnight! Damn if I didn’t have a sinkful of dishes every single day that year (and it was only my first son and I in the house!!!). Weird, huh?

This year we will wait for the New Year peacefully watching movies at home with the kids, surrounding them and ourselves with love and good, healthy vibes.

I wish the same to all of you.

Much love,

Rosi G.

PS: I made a change to the blog.  It’s not noticeable at first glance.  Eventually someone will run into it.  The first person to post the “weird coincidence” that they notice in their comment will win a nice little haul of jarn-y from my stash.  This can happen at any moment.  The more people who come out and post, the better chance you have of winning!  Some come on and DELURK!  :D

Knit From Your Stash 2007

Hey, folks! Wendy has just thought up a TERRIFIC knit-along! Knit From Your Stash 2007 (heretofore known as, KFYS07). There are some rules to follow. We hate rules but, trust me, it’s all for a good cause (read: your POCKET!). Plus, as one of the commenters on her blog said, “I think the idea of knitting from the stash is good, if only to rediscover all the nifty yarn I’ve got lurking in the underbrush.” :D

My version of the rules basically just incorporates my Yarn Diet. The only thing is that as treats after every 5 major projects, I can only get sock yarn now. Works for me! :D