Sunday, December 16, 2007

A little something for me

On Wednesday I drove to Madison to do some gift shopping. I think I've got it all wrapped up. Well, the gifts aren't all wrapped, but the purchasing is done. I ended up coming home with something for myself as well: Robin Hansen's Knit Mittens. I couldn't help it. The book was so deeply discounted that I couldn't not buy it.

When this one was first published, I flipped through it at a bookstore and decided that since I already had her Flying Geese and Partridge Feet I would resist temptation. But now I'm very glad to have it in the collection. It's just so cute. Plus it has some nice patterns, clearly written. And there is a lot of good technical information, tips, even instructions for Kool Aid dying.

OK, given the number of books I already own, there probably isn't much information I couldn't have found in what I already had (even several of the patterns are Flying Geese). But it would be a great gift for a new mitten knitter - in the unlikely event that I would be willing to part with it. I should have bought two.

Which sort of leads into the next question(s) in the Christmas Meme:

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Late November/early December.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not in the sense of giving it away as a gift. I have recyled things through the thrift store. And in our family we like receiving used books, and often after they've been read, they go back for more credit at The Frugal Muse, which just happens to be where I found the bargain on the mitten book.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies! Specifically, cookies that have been made with real butter. Toffee Bars, Sugar Cookies, Spritz, Sandbakkles, Thumbprint Cookies.... Oh, Rum Balls, too. I don't know if they use butter or not, but in that case, who cares?

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored.

17. (in case I don't post tomorrow) Favorite Christmas song? "The Holly and the Ivy", or maybe "Joy to the World", or "I Saw Three Ships", I dunno, I like a lot of them, mostly older ones.


Amy said...

Mmmm.....rum balls....

gail said...

Next time you come to Madison, let me know. I'll meet you for coffee/tea/lunch at either the Sow's Ear (my favorite) or Lakeside Fibers. Would be nice to meet another Wisconsin knit blogger. Favorite things to eat at Christmas??--salted peanuts in the shell that St. Nicholas brings. Have I re-gifted??--I'm not sure. But, I know that I save things in a box to give as gifts sometime in the future, so a Christmas gift certainly could have ended up as a birthday gift for someone else! Clear lights on the trees outside and colored lights on the tree inside. Favorite Christmas song--the Carol of the Bells.