Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tis the Season

I finally drug the tree out of storage and decorated tonight. It's feeling a little more like Christmas! And the fact that it's supposed to be -2 degrees tonight means the holiday isn't very far away.

I was excited to get the tree up so I could put my new star on top. The pattern is the Star Tree Topper (Ravelry link) from the 2009 Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts issue. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to make one out of my handspun. The fiber was easy to choose. I dug out my sparkly batts from Enchanted Knoll Farms and picked the perfect one. Josette is the queen of sparkles!

The batt..

This is the yarn. Unfortunately, it's hard to capture the sparkles in a photo.

I think it looks great on the top of the tree!


Now, to catch up a bit...

In October, I was able to attend the Schacht 40th Anniversary Celebration in Boulder. Here I am with my handspun yarn that was a finalist in their contest.


Unfortunately, I didn't win the grand prize, but it was fun to get to be a part of the event. The woman who won the grand prize spun peacock feathers into yarn. How do you compete with that?

I also took a trip back to Oklahoma for my friend Andrea's baby shower. Of course her baby girl needs some handknits. I made her this sweater...


and this hat.


Mary, Phil and I also went to Taos for the Taos Wool Festival, and once again we had an amazing time with James and Becca.


This is the view from James and Becca's porch. How could a person not love this place?

Finally, I hosted Thanksgiving again this year and was very pleased with how the turkey turned out. Thank you Alton Brown for showing me the way and insisting that I brine the turkey. Yum! I used this recipe from Whole Foods Market: Honey and Rosemary Brined Turkey

The turkey looks a little crispy in this photo, but I promise you it was just right. So tender.


We had enough food for about 20 people. There were 5 of us. Yea leftovers!


Anybody want some turkey?

Xena would, but then she'd have to move out from under the Christmas tree.