My poor grandma called today, saying that Christmas just wasn't going to happen on Christmas. She has had a cold and a cough, and just didn't feel up to cooking, and was fearful of spreading the not-so-joyous bug to the young 'uns in the family. Usually we get together on that day with my side of the family, and on Christmas Eve with the in-laws. My grandma is 78 but could easily be mistaken for many years younger, in fact people have asked if she is my mom (not that *I* look that old! LOL). But she is the main cook for the family holidays, enjoys doing it, and we all definitely enjoy eating! So our holiday has been rescheduled for some time the following weekend.
But on the up side, that gives me a whole week to complete things that I hadn't even hardly thought about starting for grandma, and my aunt and uncle. I'm thinking for my aunt the Column of Leaves scarf in some of the purple superwash sport that I had picked up the last time I was at the At Home Store. I really don't want to gift anything to someone that has to be handwashed and babied. For my uncle, I'm thinking a "fake double knit" reversible stocking cap where you knit a hat from a provisional cast-on, and from the provisional cast on, knit another hat, stuff one inside the other and presto, a double-thick hat. I'd probably do that in Wool-Ease, since it is machine washable. I was also thinking about making the felted clogs/slippers with the Fiber Trends clog pattern I have had for quite some time, but still haven't tried yet. I might even have enough yarn on hand, I have some dark grey Paton's Classic Merino and some black Cascade 220, I think they would look smashing together. I think I may do a scarf for grandma too, there is a neat diagonal rib and lace pattern in my Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. Or else I will look through a couple other books I have for a stitch pattern that strikes my fancy. And hopefully some yarn in my stash will do the same.
I also received from one of the clinics that I type for a $100 Visa gift card! Whoa! So if I do go on a yarn diet after the first of the year, I think I would be able to purchase yarn with that card (relatively) guilt free. My other knitting pal noted that Crazy Girl Yarn Shop is opening a new yarn shop in Coralville soon too. If I ever get up there some time (supposedly I have to take Baby H back to the University Hospitals for a follow-up of her heart murmur), I would need to stop by there! There is also the Knitting Shoppe in Iowa City, but I have heard from several sources that the owner is not the friendliest person on the planet.