24 November 2017

And It's All Good

Hello there - I hope all of you had a good day yesterday, whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving.  Ours was lovely.  We all spent the day relaxing, particularly the kitties, who could be found in various permutations of this all day long.


Not that we were any more energetic - though we did get up a few times to move along things for dinner.  And dinner was really yummy, with of course lots of leftovers, which is part of the reason we always cook so much - we love Thanksgiving leftovers!  The Tim's pumpkin pie was especially good this year.  Apparently he did something different, but was not willing to disclose the secret.  As long as I get to enjoy said pie, I really don't care, you know?

He's been at work all day, and I have had a both productive and relaxing day.  I got up later than my usual time, but still nice and early to head out for a chest x-ray.  It's walk-in, and I have learned that if you get there shortly after they open, you are in and out almost before you can hang up your coat.  That taken care of, I came back home for a cup of tea, and a little break to get some laundry going, and then ventured out for some gift cards.

If you are in the Philadelphia area, and want to go out on Black Friday to do some shopping, but don't want to deal with the ridiculous crowds, I can attest to the fact that in Center City, there are more people than on a usual weekend day, but no crazy crowds, since most people would rather go to a mall.  So I headed to Lululemon and Lush for some gift cards for my Arizona great-nieces and -nephew.  I stood in line a grand total of *maybe* ten minutes combined for both places.  I was home again in under an hour.  As the day goes on, it does get busier, but as I said, there are never crazy crowds.  And the kids that I was buying gift cards for fall into the category of people who would rather choose their own gifts, and I know they like both of those stores.  So it's win-win as far as I'm concerned.

Then I had the chance to work on some knitting.  Since The Tim wasn't home, I decided to work on the fingerless mitts I'm making for him.  I had gotten to the point where the thumb gusset was finished, and wanted to see if I could get another chunk knitted today.


I'm pleased with how they are coming along.  (Can you see my reindeer stitch marker in the upper left?)  I've still been trying to work on them when he's not around, and though it's working well, today I screwed up a few times, so what could have been A LOT of progress turned out be an acceptable amount.  I got the hole for the pinky finger set up, and the ring finger finished.


The pattern is not overly difficult.  Like most things, it's fairly straightforward, if you pay attention and read what you are actually supposed to be doing!  Apparently, I felt that was only partially necessary ... until suddenly things weren't quite working out like I had expected.  So it was time to do some un-knitting, and then setting things up the way the instructions read.  At which point I was able to go along quite easily.  My next chance to work on them when he is not around will be on Sunday, so maybe I can actually finish this first one, who knows?  In any event, I'm happy with what I've been able to get done so far.

So that's been today.  We'll have some leftovers for dinner, and then probably watch some shows we've recorded, and it will have been a good day.  I'm always happy when it works that way!

12 comments:

Tired Teacher said...

Leftovers are the best part of holiday meals!

Araignee said...

Nice mitts!!

Pam Greer said...

We had a lovely relaxing Thanksgiving. I ventured out today for our only black Friday deal - a cat litter genie for just $9.99! Such an exciting life I lead!

Mereknits said...

It sounds like your day was both productive and relaxing, the best kind of day I think. I was the same, I got so much done but still had time to sit and enjoy the day. Happy Weekend.

Kym said...

(That's kind of how I follow patterns, too . . . ) ;-)
It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, and a nice, low-key Friday as well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! XO

Dee said...

That mitt looks a little ......shall we say . . . expressive?????

Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was quite different from the past 33 years .....but in a good way. LOL

It's good to be back among family AND new friends!!! See you next weekend?

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

Great mitts! Love the colorway.

Nance said...

If only we could relax like our cats. The yarn for those mitts is really nice. He's going to love them.

Bonny said...

That sounds like an ideal Thanksgiving and pleasant Christmas shopping! I think Tim's fingerless mitts look wonderful. I've knit a bunch, but never the real kind with separate fingers like you're doing. Ryan has requested some, so I wonder what pattern you're using? It's exactly what I'm looking for (and I've been forewarned that I might need to pay attention)!

Caffeine Girl said...

Our Thanksgiving was both fun and exhausting. There were up to 14 of us at any event. I'm somewhat glad everyone left on Saturday, so we could have some of that relaxation that you have been enjoying!

Lynn said...

I love how they follow the sun!!!

karen said...

my sister and I were out and about on Friday and the crowds at the craft stores were completely manageable :)