Oh Deer

This is what I woke up to on Friday morning. There was a lovely, gentle snowfall with the temperature hovering just below freezing. I had great hopes for more. But the weather rollercoaster was rolling through. By the afternoon, the temps were in the 40's and the pretty dusting of snow melted. Just in time for me to go out and do a little shopping. I was really good - I didn't go to a single yarn store.

Even though this was a long weekend, I didn't get any knitting done. The closest I got was weaving in the ends of this cute little snuggler I finished earlier this week:

I started it in response to Nichole's challenge to knit one (or more) snugglers for homeless dogs and cats. When I first started it, I thought I'd keep it for our next foster dog, but when I read about Dianne's niece and her cat sanctuary, I knew where I wanted it to go. It was a very quick knit: 2 strands of worsted acrylic, a pair of #13 circs, garter stitch, bias pattern. Hope the kitties love it!

Speaking of kitties, Criquette kept us on task as we set up the tree. She takes her job as projects supervisor very seriously. Mr. C will get the lights on sometime this week, and this weekend we'll have a little tree-trimming party - just us and the herd. There's always mischief afoot when the Christmas decorations come out. And speaking of herds...

Although this is our 3rd Christmas in the new house, this will be the first year we're getting all of the decorations out and putting up the tree. It's been really exciting opening boxes that haven't been touched in 3 years since I've forgotten at least half of what we have. This is most of my reindeer collection - there are at least 14 more that I know of but haven't unpacked yet. I love unpacking these guys. I think about my mom, my sister and my cousin who have given me several of them. (I also collect bunnies that I put out in the spring. It's funny how the 2 species that pose the most danger to my gardens are the ones I like to collect.) Here are just a few of my favorites:

This is the one who started it all. He was my Christmas gift from Mr. C
the first year we were married.

So although I didn't knit, I got off to a really good start on my holiday decorating. In fact, so good that I may actually have it all done before Christmas Eve, which is my normal disorganized schedule. Which means that I'll have plenty of time for knitting the 11 presents I had planned. Think I'll make it?


Channon said...

I'm a bit jealous of your snow, AND your decorating. I have neither at my house, and the tree will be all that goes up, maybe next week.

Good luck with your holiday knitting!

Nichole said...

GREAT snuggle! I'm so proud!!

BOSSY said...

Ah, snow, snow, lovely snow.

Dianne said...

The snuggle is so pretty! I just know the cats will love it! Thanks so much. I'll let you know when it arrives.

P.S. Love the shot of Criquette under the tree.

BOSSY said...

Wait- Bossy left a comment on this post a couple of days ago - about snow and stuff. Wha?

Anyway - Bossy also just noticed that you have used her old URL in your Blogroll,
the URL she is trying desperately to hunt down and kill, much like Uma Thurman wearing thigh-high boots.

if you don't mind terribly, change the link to the URL below so Bossy doesn't lose track of you!


Donna said...

Hi, I came over from Dogs on Thursday. I love your collections. Have fun putting them up. The kittie is so sweet under the tree.