In the car, on the way home from school...
"Mama. I'm going to be four."
"That's right, you are going to be four. In February."
"I four right now?"
"No. Right now you're three."
"You tell me when I four, Mama. Okay?"
Yeah, like he's not going to notice the birthday party? This from the child who has already asked for so much for Christmas that he's now switched his tune from "I want that for Christmas" to "I want that for my birthday" (which comes after Christmas).
So, a great weekend. We started out on Friday afternoon at what has become a favorite mall chiefly because it has both a LEGO store (yahoo!) and a California Pizza Kitchen. Some shopping, LEGO-ing, pizza kitchening, and then we walk out to find that we're right in time for Santa, free jingle bells, and the lighting of the tree.
You never get too old for tree lightings. I got chills and a little teary eyed at the whoop of the crowd when the lights came on.
Our own tree didn't light so magically today, however. We've got a pre-lit tree that is several years old, and it may be on its last leg. Two sections didn't light today when we set it up. Bummer. We'll go tomorrow and see if we can find a replacement we like. Had we known, we'd have ordered something weeks ago. It's been so reliable, that it took us by surprise when it didn't come out of the basement and light right up as it has in the past.
On the knitting front, it was a productive weekend.
I finished my Fluted Banister socks. I do have to say I'm glad they're done. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for the knitalong. (I haven't been reading the boards. I'll just check in Dec. 1 for the new pattern.) Until then, however, I'm working on a surprise sock for M. (She says she doesn't read my blog, so I guess I can talk about it here.)
As I mentioned last week, I'm using Rob's Broadripple pattern in Cascade Fixation. I tackled the sizing issue by creative use of needles. I cast on with a 5. Dropped to a 4 for the garter ripple section. And now I'm working the leg in the prescribed 3. Hopefully the fit will work. She only wants a 5 inch leg (versus the 7 the pattern suggests), so I did less garter ripple, too.
But, I have to say I'm loving this pattern. It works up just beautifully, it's easily memorized, and the Fixation looks great in this stitch. I'm really enthused by these. I'm close to done with the first leg, so hopefully pictures tomorrow.
I also finished the little girl poncho using the Very Harlot Poncho pattern. I'm really happy with how it turned out. If I do it again, I'll jump to a larger needle for the fur section. That area turned out a tad tighter than it should have and wants to roll a little. I think a larger needle would help balance things out. But, still, I think it turned out really pretty and cozy. If only you could reach out, touch your screen, and feel it, you'd know!
(Wow. I went out to grab the url for the poncho pattern and got swept up in the Yarn Harlot's most recent post. I'm feeling the urge to jump up and find my copy of Folk Socks. The baby asleep in my lap quells the urge a bit. Maybe I'll just log on to Amazon and order the Estonia book. Seriously. That's a compelling post. I was just thinking today that there are so many great socks that I wondered if I'd ever make a repeat pair.)