Okay, who turned the cold on? It has been really nice lately. During the day the temperatures have been in the mid 70s and at night it has been in the 50s. But the past two nights, the temperatures have dropped into the mid 40. Okay, actually, this morning when I got up the temperature was 38.
And while I love cold weather, the worst part of everything is that I have nothing to wear!!! Okay, I know that a lot of women claim they have nothing to wear as an excuse to go shopping. But I honestly do not have any cool weather tops that fit me any more. I have lost enough weight that my tops are too big. I have been slowly buying new jeans since I have had no choice but I have been able to slide by with my summer tops and t-shirts. But not any more, I have no choice but to go out this week and spend some money on cool weather tops. And I hate shopping!!! Wait let me rephrase that, I hate shopping for clothes. I love shopping for books and yarn.
And I have been buying books lately. Knitting books actually. I have finally managed to get my hands on a copy of Kim Hargreaves A Seasons Tale. This is a book that I have been wanting to add to my collection for a long time. Now that I have added it I am not sure I will ever knit anything from it. But the designs are wonderful.
I have also added the new Nancy Bush book Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns. I am curious about several of the patterns in the book and will have to study them before I decide to make any of them. I am a confirmed toe up sock knitter and the patterns in the book are all top down. But I think most of them can be worked toe up. If you have not had a chance to see this book for yourself, check it out.
I am trying to get some more fast presents knit up for Christmas. I found several skeins of Crystal Palace cotton chenille in my stash that I have decided will become washcloths that I will give as presents. I will add some soap from got soap and I have a nice little present for my SIL and a few other people on my list. And my stash will be reduced!!! (My SIL always gets my stuff that I can not use and that I will not like. But I try to at least give her something nice for a present.) And I will be using a few different patterns including the reverse bloom flower wash cloth from Weekend Knitting.
I have not stopped working on my Clapotis or on my mother's lace scarf. Although I did frog her scarf and restart after modifying the pattern to make it lacier. I have also rediscovered the pattern to Wicked that I started last spring. It is kind of hard to work on a sweater when you misplace the pattern. And I found a backpack that just needs one seam sewn before it can be felted. And if I felt that back pack and stuff a few items in it, my niece will thrilled to death with it. Yet another Christmas present crossed off the list.
Yes, I am trying to get my Christmas stuff done early this year. I have discovered that as my niece and nephew get older, it is harder to shop for them. My nephew is 11 and everything he wants is electronic and I will not feed that addiction. My younger nephew is easy; all you have to do is make sure his diaper is clean and feed him and he will be happy. But at 6 months, life is easy.
Added later - My fire company has received notification that we have received a federal grant that we will be using to purchase new hoseline, nozzles, and gear. I will post a link to the listing as soon as it is officially posted. I am excited because this means new toys!!! And I am on the list of people who may be getting new gear. The chief and line officers have a list who needs new gear for one reason or another and they will decide who gets the gear based on several factors. But I am pretty sure that I will be one of the lucky ones since I do average 35 to 40 calls per month.