Saturday, December 24, 2005

December 24

Christmas Eve.

The plan is.. we're having a nice, quiet, just-the-two-of-us Christmas. If the weather co-operates, we'll make up a thermos of hot chocolate, spiked, of course, with Bailey's and take it down to the beach where we'll start a bonfire. No marshmallows, thanks. If any of the neighbours would like to, they are more than welcome to bring their own libations and join us.

Then, tomorrow, we'll make our own Christmas dinner. There's a free range chicken thawing in the garage. I'm not sure just what we'll have with it yet, but there are plenty of options. And John DID buy a ton of brussel sprouts... love those done with just some butter (ok, lots of butter) and a dash of nutmeg.

On to knitting. I do have a project on the go and for once, I'm working only on that project. It's close enough to being finished that I can taste it. Guinevere (from Interweave's Wrap Style) is a fairly easy knit (if you follow directions well.. seems I don't do too well on that front at times... oh well). I've done the body of the wrap and am now working on the ruffle; I've knitted about one inch so far and it needs to be five inches. They're done separately and then you perform a 3-needle bind off to join the two pieces.

Black just does NOT photograph well. That black blob is the body of the wrap.
It's better in real life, trust me.

I think I've mentioned that I'm knitting this one with two yarns held together, right? That would be Skacel's Merino Lace and Crystal Palace's Kid Merino. In total, this project costs about $45 (cdn). Not bad, really.

Now, to finish this post, I leave you with an email I received from my good friend, Diane. Talk about politically correct....

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all...and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2005, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada great (not to imply that Canada is necessarily greater than any other country ), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wishee.

This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. "Holiday" is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).

Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for the wishee her/himself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of same. This greeting is void where prohibited by law.

Wishing you all a Blessed, Happy Christmas.


  1. I wish I could take credit for writing that politically correct greeting, but it came as one of those anonymously authored emails that circulate the globe. I DID love it, though and pass it on with all my best wishes for a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, John, and all who enjoy your blog.


  2. Oh how I love that 'politically correct' greeting!! Its the most totally insane way of saying Merry Christmas that I've ever seen!! Hahahahaha Thanx for passing it on.

    Sharon in Surrey