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Thanksgiving Chaos

road trip
We had quite a Thanksgiving. We left on Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Arkansas around 9 p.m. after a 9 hour drive. We went to my dad’s house that night and celebrated Christmas Thanksgiving morning. Then, we went to my dad’s family for lunch and left from there to drive three hours to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving with my mom’s family. We ate way too much turkey and had a great time visiting family, but the driving got a bit tiresome. We returned on Saturday which is where the real road trip adventure began. We were driving on a divided highway when a truck pulled out in front of me. I swerved and then realized there was a truck there, so I swerved back. The over-correcting caused me to lose control and we ended up doing a 360 and hanging out in the ditch between the highway. We were so lucky or blessed, however you want to look at it, because we did not get injured and our car was not damaged. Also, a police officer pulled up on the scene, he just happened to be there. And, the other people and cars involved were fine. Whew, that was a close one. The highway patrol guy told me I did a good job driving, which made me feel good because I didn’t feel like I did a good job.

knitted rejection
I showed my dad my presents for my step-mom and step-sister and got the big ole’ snub. I thought he would think it was nice that I was taking the time to handmake gifts for them, but I think he perceived it as cheap. So, I gave my step-sister her present, Suki, Jr. (I don’t think I took any pictures), but I didn’t give my step-mom hers. I decided that I would give the perfect pouch I made to someone who would appreciate it or keep it for myself (because I really like it!). I’ll have pictures of that soon. This was the first time that I had a negative reaction to my knitting, so it kind of hurt my feelings. I guess I just didn’t think it would “happen to me”, but it did. So, I will focus the rest of my knitting efforts on people I know will appreciate them.

flying off the needles
I’m making good progress on my knitting, which is fun. I almost finished my first “fuzzy feet” and decided I didn’t like where I had put the colors, so I tore it out and started over. I’m already to the gusset on take two. I’ve also made a couple of scarves and I have a ton of ideas to work on. A friend at work wants me to make her baby some “mitts” because she has outgrown the ones from the store but still needs them to keep her warm and from scratching herself. I think I’m going to have to invent a pattern for those, so that will be something to work on soon, too. But, for now, some finished project eyecandy.

musique_scarf_finished.jpg

This is the Musique/Fizz scarf that will be a gift this Christmas. I love it! The yarn is super fun and it’s both soft and fuzzy. Plus, it knit up really quickly and has a ton of character. I think I may have to make another of these eventually. I made it a bit wider than I had intended to, but it still turned out to be plenty long. Well, that’s the update for now. I’ll have more finished project pictures to post as soon as my camera battery recovers from the holiday weekend.

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2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Chaos

  1. EXCELLENT defensive driving……are you ready for NASCAR? Sounds like it……..thank heaven you and yours are safe.
    What a fun scarf….anyone who receives that should be grateful. I’ve had similar reactions to awesome knitted things before–folks think that because you made it by hand you must be broke or don’t care. How funny that just the opposite is true…LOL
    Don’t let that stop you from being creative….and sometimes, Dads aren’t the best measuring stick. Ya know….

  2. Goodness, People don’t realize how much good yarn costs. When I told some people at work how much just the yarn cost to make a recent sweater I wore, they were amazed. They could not believe it. I second Rob, Dads, and other non knitters just are not a good judge of things like this! Please don’t let it get you down.

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