It was a very nice T-day. We had all the grandparents who usually come but not the best friends, which was too bad. The turkey was overcooked by moi who did not put the thermometer in until it was way, WAY too late. I managed to overcook the pecan pie too, and advertised it as "blackened, caramelized pecan pie." Despite being a wee bit, um, caramelized, it actually was quite edible. As was the turkey when doused with some pan juices and smothered with gravy.
I was trying to take it easy, cooking-wise (I confess to a certain amount of obsessive behavior about thanksgiving dinner--my standard is no room for the plates on the table and more pies than people). Somehow, we managed to have more food than could fit on plates despite missing salad and rolls and creamed onions and a couple of spare veggies and the homemade vegetarian nut gravy, etc.) Maybe I'll dial it down again next year, even if there's no reason to. Yeah, right.
Four days off in a row was kind of amazing. We stayed home, unpacked (our closet shelves and hanging bars came Friday), puttered, and played. Man, I needed that, and the kids did too. I don't think anyone was trying to play me guilt-wise, but there were a lot of comments about how I wasn't at work and I was able to play and such. We flew kites and went on expotitions and sat in front of the fireplace and watched the Wizard of Oz. All good.
Coming back to work was hard, but it's okay. I sure am looking forward to a week off at the end of the year.
I've been starting the Yule sweater for the last three weeks. Every year I knit a sweater for the person I draw in our family gift exchange. It's usually a lopi sweater, but I thought this year's recipient might like something different. Well, I've now been through two yarns and two patterns, I've swatched and ripped and knitted inches of sweater and yanked out the needles and now I finally think I've got something. It's the Cabin Fever Top-Down Swing Coat and this thing is a blast to knit and it seems to be coming out vaguely the right size plus I can adjust it as I go, which after having ripped out this many times is the only thing likely to keep me sane. Pictures when the camera, me, my computer, and a charged battery are all in the same place. No promises. Anyway, right now it looks like a big lump. I'm about halfway through the yoke. Elizabeth is on hold but might get finished when (if) I get sick of the Swing Coat. She just needs a sleeve cap, some sewing, and a neckline. Maybe three night's work, and I could wear her for Solstice. Hmm.
Unleashing the Knitters:
So there's this guy who's doing a panel at the MLA, and he's checking to see how a meme or, depending on how you look at it, a chain letter, moves through the blogosphere. We knitters have a rather populous corner of the blogosphere, and one that I think routinely buffaloes those who attempt to study blogs and blogging. Who are all these knitters and what do they want? (Wool.) If blogging is concerned with social change, what the hell are all these people doing talking about yarn? (We'll get back to you when the plans for world domination are available in pdf format.)
Anyway, Jody explains it all in a way that is far more interesting and complete than I have the patience for, but do please play. All you need to do is mention and link to the project,
beg ask others to participate, and then ping technocrati. Let's show the MLA a little knitting mojo, eh?