I feel like I need to set the record straight. So many of you left kind comments on my last post, saying how organized I was for Christmas. While that might be true in some areas, especially around food and gifts, it in no way means I am ready for the Big Day.
I also wouldn't want to leave you with a false impression that I'm Martha Stewart. Or the female equivalent of Jamie Oliver. Or anyone else that might appear on TV or in a magazine, standing in front of a beautifully set table, wearing an elegant dress, and pointing to a perfectly cooked turkey sitting on a platter. My sights are set quite a bit lower than that. I'll be happy if I have enough food to keep everyone from going hungry, the washing machine keeps running so we can all wear clean clothes, and the dogs, cat and Lucy don't bring down the Christmas tree.
Any appearance of being organized I might present is rooted in fear. I love Christmas, but let's face it. There are more ways it can go wrong than I have skeins of yarn in my stash. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you will know we are the poster family for The Twelve Broken Appliances of Christmas. I'm thrilled to have back-up appliances at the cottage we are renting, but I'm also a realist. If the power goes out it simply means we have twice as many things that don't work. And twice as many digital clocks to fix once it comes back on again.
As far as everyone being here at the same time, well, that is only happening if the weather cooperates. That and international flights. Right now Rebekah and Anton are in Japan. They are due to fly back to San Francisco on the 23rd, and then up to Bellingham, Washington on the 24th. Both Alexandra and David are driving down over the infamous Coquihalla Highway, which is often closed in the winter due to snow and/or accidents. And Karsten, Diana and Lucy have a ferry crossing, which also sometimes gets shut down due to stormy weather.
By trying to stay on top of the very few things I do have control over, I feel a little less stressed about the things I don't. I'm breathing a sigh of relief now that my Christmas knitting is finished. Kellen and Anita were out on Sunday to help us put together the new couch and love seat from IKEA. Kellen agreed to model the hat I've knit for Alexandra's boyfriend Josh.
It was knit with Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted. It's my second project using that yarn and I really like it. Ravelry details here.
The pattern is called Rib-A-Roni. It's simple, which is what most guys like, but it has the nifty crown shaping to give it some personality. I'll be knitting it again.
Jay's nephew came for our old couch and love seat on Saturday, which meant we were finally able to assemble our new IKEA furniture. They turned out to be the easiest IKEA things we've ever made. Between the four of us we had them together in under a half hour. This is the best I can do for a picture due to the fact it is a very dark and rainy day here.
I'm really happy with them! It's hard to tell from this picture, but they really brighten up the living room. The real test will be seeing if they will hold up to this sweet and innocent looking creature.