The day after
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you had wonderful weekend. If you are in the US I hope you were able to stay warm! As soon as we got back from Chesapeake we cranked up the wood stove and the house has been quite toasty. In fact, as I write this Sunday evening, I'm sitting in short sleeves while it's 30 outside.
We had a really nice (and quick) trip to Chesapeake to visit my brother and I was finally able to deliver his afghan to him. Of course, I knew that it would be adopted by their princess. She likes the quilts that I've made for them too. She pretty much owns every surface on the house.
When we were growing up we always had a train running under the Christmas tree. It was the American Flyer set that my Dad had. My brother's best friend has an even more serious train legacy with his Dad. Now, every year, Eddie and John set up a combined display in John's garage and we got to see it for the first time. They put it up every October and leave it through Christmas. They had all of the trains running for us today. It's really cool in a nerdy sort of way.
They have all sorts of buildings and scenes but I cracked up when I saw that they even had a chain gang!
It was fun to see it and appreciate all of the work that they put into it.
Between the drives and time in the hotel, I had a lot of time to finish off a few crochet hats. The top 2 are made of Feels Like Butta-type yarn and I'm making those to be men's chemo hats. The others are the Chunky Guy hat that I'm currently loving for donation hats. They don't look great flat but they look really good on the head. These three are thick and warm. I've already donated my winter hats for this year so I'll put these in a bag and start collecting for next year.
Since my last post I finished one of the 2 Chandelier quilt tops. My first goal of today is to finish the second one. There's also chores. I need to get outside and pick up the ton of sticks and branches that fell during the windstorm Friday and Saturday.
I've also decided to power through and finish this blanket over the next 3 days. I only have one ball of yarn left. I'm making it for my cousin's husband and I'm seeing her Thursday for lunch. It should be pretty easy to get this one wrapped up as my last finish for 2022.
My only wish for the last week of 2022 is that there not be a lot of yarn sales to tempt me into buying yarn that I do not need!
Tina in NJ
12/26/2022 11:00:31 am
I made quilts for my hubby’s brother and sister this year. My own princess tried to convince me that they were hers. I hope the in-laws’ pets don’t take offense to her scent on the quilts! I really like the quilt finish. I never realized that the pattern was so simple.
12/26/2022 04:19:24 pm
I love that train set! glad the winter storms didn't interfere with your holiday
12/27/2022 07:04:32 am
Love that train set display, how fun! Your chandelier quilt is quite lovely. Hope you can finish your gift on time. Happy New Year!
12/27/2022 08:06:59 am
The Princess looks right at home on the afghan. I would have enjoyed seeing the trains also.
12/30/2022 09:32:25 am
I was one of those weird girls who always wanted a train set when I was a kid but of course never got one, so I was delighted when we had boys. I got them a train set which they promptly had no interest in. Where did I go wrong...surely they aren't mine!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.