Eve of Victory

Good: I have finished the sweater.


Except: for the neckband, which really isn’t a big whoop, and the fact that yesterday I totally lost whatever brain cells hadn’t gone on strike yet and bought the wrong zipper for it. That means I have to walk back today, losing precious minutes to get the right zipper.

Good: It will very, very definitely be a white Christmas. This is my backyard before we got another 15cm.


Except: It’s a little too white, and storm after storm has left the city really hard to get around. This will thwart some zipper efforts.

Good: We are all going to be together tonight for dinner.

Except: We have no groceries, and there is some debate about who is going to get them. There is reluctance all around (see above comment about whiteness) and the current consensus is that whomsoever leaves the house should do it, since they are “already out.” I have a feeling that needing the zipper is going to mess with me.

Good: The penultimate scarf is almost done and I really think that if I finish knitting it tonight – then I can wash, block, dry (I have a radiator reserved for this purpose) and wrap it before tomorrow.


Except: It was supposed to be done yesterday which means I’m still seriously behind on the next scarf which has to be done the 28th. I’ll worry about that tomorrow.

Good: We are done shopping.

Except: We have not wrapped anything.

Good: It is Christmas Eve.

Except: We have a lot to do.

Except: We are lucky to have the luxury of it.

Happy Christmas Eve to all of you. Don’t stay up knitting too late. You don’t want Santa to skip your house.

165 thoughts on “Eve of Victory

  1. Merry Christmas to you, Steph!! Thanks for all your great stories, I am thankful to be a reader…

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    White Christmas here, but then in the mountains of Colorado it’s been white for weeks and won’t change until May or June.

  3. Here’s hoping it all gets done, somehow! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Stephanie! Thank you for all the post “gifts” you bring us all year long!

  4. Steph and family, Merry Christmas and happy wrapping! I got a much-needed assist when I _found_ the presents I hid, and don’t have to finish wrapping til tonight (after driving 300 miles). HUGS from California ๐Ÿ˜‰ (the Sock-Shaped State)

  5. Merry Christmas Stephanie and Family!
    Replace the snow with cold driving rain and we have a similar narrative. I managed to follow the rule and not add anything to the list… until last night when I whipped up a pair of Maine Morning Mitts for a friend who is having us to dinner tonight (so no need for groceries today, but what about tomorrow?) The mitts are currently drying on the radiator. Yarn: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed – less than 1 skein.
    Your posts are like little pieces of candy, without the calories. Thanks for keeping us in stitches all year long!

  6. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!! Looks like you got our White Christmas. I’m sure the little bit we got will melt before tomorrow. Good luck on the zipper. Perhaps someone should go with you to make sure you don’t get eaten by a snowbank. Then they could go get the groceries while you look for a zipper. It’s more efficient that way. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Merry Christmas to you too Stephanie! I finished all my knitting this morning, and have just baked a batch of mince pies! (Do you have them in Canada?) Lucky you having a white Christmas! I know you have so much snow that it becomes a nuisance, but it snows so rarely here in the UK that it would be lovely to have snow at Christmas just once. Good luck with the rest of your knitting schedule! I have my needles crossed that you get done in time.

  8. Good:It is Christmas Eve and all but two gifts are sewn.Another hour and I could be done. Bad:The past two snow storms combined with today’s all day rain event equals a leaking roof.In three different places.Two of which are in my sewing/crafting room.*sigh* Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas to you. Thanks for all the fun, laughs and joy you have provided over this past year. Oh, and instruction too. I am looking forward to more of your antics in 2009.
    Stop by for a visit soon.

  10. Stephanie, the sweater looks lovely as does the scarf – there are some lucky people on your gift list! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for the stories all year round, I certainly have enjoyed them!
    By the way, my daughter (now 12) just shared a story with us the other day…when she was “little” she thought that if it didn’t snow there wouldn’t be Christmas. Looks like you all don’t have to worry about that! Sadly, here in central Ohio its just rain, rain, rain…..(I’m pretty sure we will still have Christmas though!).

  11. Merry Christmas Stephanie! My mom’s sweater is going to go in a box with the remaining yarn with the excuse “I didn’t know if you wanted full length or 3/4 length sleeves on your cardigan”. I too have nothing wrapped but am about to go pawn my kidlins off at my folks for 2 hours so I don’t have to stay up all night and miss Santa. Good luck with your last two scarves and the grocery/zipper trip. I can sympathize as I’m dreading going out for eggs (I’m just around the bay from you in the Hammer).

  12. By the way, I just checked in to see where Santa is. As I write this, he’s in Russia, so he has a way to go before he reaches you all on the other side of the Pond! But if the knitting goes on longer than you thought, then keep tabs and sneak up to bed with just minutes to spare!
    Happy Christmas!

  13. Happy Christmas to you and Joe and the kids Steph! May your knitting go smoothly and upon return from the store for zippers and food may the house be clean and all presents wrapped (this seems like a fair trade-off).
    Thanks for being awesome and making me smile and think.

  14. I finally gave in and decided the ‘socks for each family member’ (five in all) would be phased in over the year (birthdays, Father’s Day, etc.) rather than stay up for two weeks straight. (Your post a week or so gave me the courage to give up!!) Still wish I had more time in the day though!
    Merry Christmas! And thanks for your writing — a bright spot in my day, always!

  15. Merry Christmas! I was just about finished sewing the kids’ Christmas jammies, when I found the pair I made my husband to match *last year’s* Christmas jammies. All it needs is elastic in the waist and hemmed and I’ll be all caught up from last year! I (Rather Smartly, I think) decided that the holiday knitting would be given for Hanukkah gifts (we celebrate both here) so I still have 4 more days to knit 3 more kid size mittens. Have a Joyous and Peaceful Christmas!

  16. Incline planes (zippers) are optional…… esp on a snowy, Christmas Eve. The IMPORTANT part has been done. I’m sure the recipient will understand. Then, of course, if groceries are needed, I’m sure a certain elf won’t be upset to stop by and retrieve a much-needed incline plane and help out Santa.
    Merry Christmas to all in your home. Steph, thanks for making my days happier because of your almost-daily posts.

  17. Merry Christmas to you and to your whole family. We have sleet and freezing rain, but we have food and a warm fireplace and family and faith and your blog. Blessings to you.

  18. Merry Christmas! You give us presents with each post – thank you! My gift to you was my donation to KWB – and big ((hugs)) over the air!

  19. Merry Christmas to you and yours. We made mince pies this afternoon and I finally gave in and admitted that there would be no knitting again today. Hopefully my son’s socks will be New Year socks.
    I’d take an inch or two of your snow, you can keep all the rest.

  20. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to you and all your family!
    Many thanks for your good words now and throughout the year. A gift each post!

  21. Happy Christmas to you and a very merry Christmahaunnakwaazica to everyone else. I admire your perserverence greatly. I gave up two weeks ago.

  22. “It is Christmas Eve…We have a lot to do…We are lucky to have the luxury of it.”
    Thank you for these words.

  23. Not to gloat, but I finished gift knitting a few weeks ago- the theme this year was everyone (5 in all) got socks and/or slippers- wrapped and packed and mailed. Thank you for the gift of laughter your blog and your books provide all year! From the heel portion of the sock-shaped state. (Thanks to Marjorie, I love that!)

  24. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours too! Your knit photos are lovely and the luxury of Christmas Eve is a wonderful thing. We’re about an hour from you and buried in snow too, ain’t it grand?!

  25. Merry Christmas! It has been fun going through the preparations with you, sort of helped alleviate all the ‘fun’ we were having here trying to do basically the same thing. We are leaving for a week in Toronto on Saturday, I hope the weather holds out until we get there…! Stay safe and have a wonderful day with your family, and here’s to a wonderful New Year to you and yours!

  26. De-lurking to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!! I hope you find a worm hole and finish with time to spare, leaving you nothing but time to enjoy the wonderfulness that is this holiday.

  27. I just want to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday. You have given me hours of good reading-both your website and your books. Thank you.

  28. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I have until Jan 1st to finish my sweater. Couldn’t afford the flights at Christmas. Lucky for me, because I don’t knit as fast as you! Happy healthy New Year.

  29. A very merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
    I was happy for you hearing that everyone will be together for dinner–sometimes that’s a feat! Sorry to hear that you’re in need of an appropriate zipper. Unfortunately, you’ll probably get nominated to pick up the food, too.
    Darn it. I loved (and second) the last “except”–“We are lucky to have the luxury of it.” There you go again, making me teary. Thanks for reminding us what we tend to forget in the uproar. We are truly the lucky ones.
    P.S. Merry Christmas to The Blog, too!

  30. Merry Christmas to you and your family! It is comforting to know we are all in the pre-Christmas knitting homestretch together! Don’t forget to take your own advice and get some zzzzz’s! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. The only real problems I see are the groceries and the wrapping. In the interest of the environment (yeah, *that’s* it!), forgo wrapping. And order in. Ta-daaa! Problems solved.
    I stayed up late cursing the unfinished knits and frantically knitting in the dark, but I’m only about 3 knitting hours away from making it. We did it. Again.

  32. How lucky to have a white Christmas! My son just noted that this is the 15-billionth time it HASN’T been a white Christmas here! Last time it was, he was still in my belly! Guess he wouldn’t remember that one, eh? Merry Chrismtas!!! :O)

  33. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all at Chez Harlot from a cold, icy rainy Carlisle, Pennsylvania!!! May the best of this year be the worst of the year to come!

  34. Happy Season to you and yours, and thanks for providing endless entertainment, and I do mean endless, which is amazing..throughout the year…you are a knitting saint…

  35. Your house sounds a lot like mine. Things knitted, not wrapped. I just sent two children to the grocery store, and the oldest son is also doing his Christmas shopping. He lives in Brooklyn, but comes to Massena, which has a not very good little mall, to do his shopping. It makes me smile. The last two children are on their way home as I type this. Once they get here, my Christmas will be complete, no matter what gets wrapped, baked or what knitting gets finished. (I realized last night at about 11 that I needed to knit one more pair of socks for Christmas)
    Enjoy your family and friends, and the happiest of Christmases to you and all you love.

  36. Merry Christmas Eve to you too! We are also snowbound, also have the nuclear family reunited under one roof, but did manage to get groceries yesterday, so are able to contemplate dinner with a sense of calm. And my gift knitting is all done, but only because I was exceedingly unambitious both in quantity and complexity. Works for me!

  37. Stephanie,
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for blogging even when you are behind on your holiday knitting and preparations. It’s so good to know we are all in the same boat — or is it sleigh?

  38. Lady, you are one of the many joys in my life and reading your blog each day that you post it is such a huge gift to me!
    Happy Christmas to you and I just know, since you have been a very good girl this year, that Santa is going to be sure to stop by tonight ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love to you and your dear family!

  39. I’m sure Santa won’t skip your house if you leave him some fun wool socks (okay, a promissory note for wool socks next year, tell Lene).
    Merry Christmas to you and yours. It’s melting a foggy up here, but it’s still going to be a white one……

  40. Blocked? You’re telling me that blocking that scarf is going to sufficiently alter its appearance to justify the effort….Oh. Ah. Noro. Gotcha.

  41. Will you kindly talk about that beautiful edging along the zipper line in that great sweater? Not now. After the new year will be good. Bless you and yours.

  42. Santa already gave me what I wanted most– reupholstered living room furniture.
    I hope Santa Hubby likes the stuff I got/made for him.
    Merry Christmas to all, white Christmas or wet. Good luck on the zipper-and-groceries front.

  43. That sweater is looking wonderful. The blue band is really going to spark off your nephew’s eyes. So glad that you were not only wonderful, but wise too, and spent the day with him. Memories: priceless!

  44. Merry Christmas! I don’t generally have too many Christmas knitting projects, but the nephew’s sweater was finished (well, the knitting anyway*g*) last night!

  45. A Merry Christmas, Joyous Yule, Happy Hanukkah and Good Kwanzaa to Stephanie, her family and everyone here!
    My knitting gifts will be late to people (I’ll present them for the new year) due to tree issues (it fell over 4 times and the cleanup seriously interfered with the knitting flow). And snow is good Steph — I’m facing an inch of ice if I want to travel to the Poconos to see my family tomorrow!

  46. Christmas love is flying your way!
    And that scarf? It does NOT need blocking!
    Today’s event here is trying to finish one last Fuzzy Foot so they can be felted (which means they will have to be wrapped in plastic bags!
    More Christmas love to you and yours!

  47. Hank is a very intelligent and thoughtful boy. You guys must have had a great time together. There was a story in the news recently about a lady in Oakville who disappeared in the snow and wasn’t found for three days. She was okay, but frostbitten. So be careful out there. The sweater is lovely, and looks so soft and almost velour-like. The recipient (Hank?) is very lucky.

  48. You’re still ahead of me re: Christmas chores !
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the knitters out there !!

  49. Merry Christmas! I so enjoy reading your blog and your books. I bought your calendar and I’m trying not to read ahead. Your Christmas knitting is inspiring. Hope Santa brings you plenty of yarn.

  50. Merry Christmas, Stephanie! And, thank you for your fun, inspiring, thoughtful writing. It always brightens my day when I see you’ve posted. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a fantastic 2009.

  51. Well I had my secretary try on one of her socks with the excuse that I couldn’t finish the other one until I knew if it was going to fit. Also Dad is in Florida until New Years’ Day so I have more time to finish his socks. Christmas just came so early this year.

  52. I have knitted ’til my fingers are frayed! My family will likely be shocked that things are actually done, instead of “almost”! I took to heart the quilter’s axiom – Finished Is Better Than Perfect!
    And to All -Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and don’t forget Festivus, that holiday for the rest of us!(or any other religious/pagan rituals that you are celebrating!)And to Candians – Joyeux Noel and Bonne Annee!

  53. Stay warm and fight the good fight – you could “forget” the groceries and send someone else out, since you’d already braved the cold…
    I hope you and your family have the very Happiest of Christmases, and that next is year is even better than this one!

  54. Well done Stephanie! You seem so calm… The day with your nephew sounds so wonderful, my kids are also beyond those activities and I miss them.
    I have so enjoyed reading your blog, and wish you and your family a knitfabulous Christmas.

  55. I think you should order Chinese. Or pizza. Do they deliver in blizzard conditions? ๐Ÿ™‚ Whatever you decide, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. You certainly deserve it, and I appreciate your gift to us of insight and entertainment on an (almost) daily basis.

  56. Merry Christmas! I still have 1-1/2 pink glittery legwarmers to finish (but they’re for an 8yo so they’re shortish and skinny), 4 partial thumbs (for 2 pr of fingerless mitts), and a couple mini Santa hats. All are do-able. I also have to run out and pick up a bicycle to put under the tree (which my husband and 8yo are picking up now- I have a small procrastination problem that I keep meaning to work on). The bike isn’t for the 8yo but it is meant to be from Santa whom the 8yo still firmly believes in and there just aren’t that many places to hide a teen-size bike for more than a day or two so I’m holding firm that having to go out and pick up the bike on Christmas Eve is NOT yet another example of procrastination. Oh, also have to bake a new roof for the gingerbread house as the dog ate the first one. Right off the house. HoHoHo!

  57. Sounds very much like my Christmas Eve. When will I learn to not stress myself out by planning too many knitted gifts? Good thing it’s only once/year.

  58. You have my sympathy with the zipper. I bought one for a cardigan, got home, realized it was not a separating zipper. Back to the store, made sure it was a separating zipper, got home, realized there was no zipper pull. Back to the store, checked everything and finally had success. I wish much success on your venture out and a very Merry Christmas! Jeanne

  59. Happy Holidays to you, and remember to take your own advice: no knitting all night and provoking Santa to move to the next house!

  60. Merry Christmas, Dear Harlot!
    Have a lovely holiday, and thank you so much for the day with Hank. As the mommy of a very smart and busy 4 year old boy, I love all the Hank stories. I wish my sister did Auntie things with my babies. Happily, all my Christmas knitting is done, just in time for me to convince myself that I can probably squeeze in one more hat…

  61. Merry Christmas! Your sweater is beautiful. I just know you can trick someone into going out for the zipper. Good luck with that.

  62. Merry Christmas Stephanie I kind of envy your white christmas. No I don’t it’s 80 degrees and sunny in Florida. We make up for no snow with LOTS of lights and whole yards filled with decorations. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

  63. Thank you for your blog! I’ve just caught up on about the last dozen posts and I have been so enjoying the warm laughs. Your adventures with the stuck truck and with Hank were a joy to read about. You handle life’s challenges with grace and have been blessed with wonderful family.

  64. Merry Christmas to you and all you love, Stephanie! And wishes for a healthy happy 2009 to you all as well. I thank you for making me laugh most days, and for provoking thought and wonder, which often leads to my trying a new knitting technique. What could be a better gift!?

  65. Merry Christmas Steph to you and all your family. Thanks for all you humorous and thoughtful posts throughout the year.

  66. Happy Christmas Eve and Christmas to you and yours. It seems we’re getting as much rain as y’all have snow. Either way, it is not ideal for going out anywhere. Stay warm and much cheer.

  67. The Christmas stockings knit….finished last night. Instead of cleaning the kitchen this morning I started a hat with the left overs from the stockings. *laughing* The kitchen is thrashed. We still have cookies to frost, a pie to bake and the hubby has decided to try his hand at making maple cream candy. What will Santa say when he sees the mess tonight? (And we have hours of wrapping to accompolish. All the distant relatives have sent their gifts unwrapped to save on money, and with little kids we couldn’t wrap them as they came in – otherwise they would have been rewrapped multiple times! Our friends laugh at our Christmas tree with no gifts under it and no ornaments from the 3 foot down mark. The 2 year old learned how to ‘bat’ two weeks ago – you can guess what happened to those ornaments.)
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for all that you do in the knitting world – it is greatly amusing to me *grin* and greatly appreciated all round. Thank you!

  68. A lot of white stuff is better than a lot of white stuff that froze and then got made mealy and slippery by 40-degree F weather and rain! But, we are still having a white Christmas! And I have no gifts wrapped, but the people I am wrapping for will be out of the house, so I can wrap! “Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night!”

  69. Yeah, we got a LOT of white stuff in our yards, too. I wish the people who were wishing for a white Christmas would STOP ALREADY! We have plenty, thanks!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours! I’m totally jealous of the recipients of your gifts!
    Stay warm!

  70. You block your scarves on a radiator? I’ve never heard of that before-I have radiators all throughout my 100+ year old victorian, and have never been able to find a place in it to block anything large. I’ll have to try that.

  71. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Steph. and may the New Year bring more fibre your way.
    Thanks a million for a year of laughs and occasional tears not to mention the great books!

  72. Good: It’s summer here but the weather’s not stinking hot for a change.
    Bad: It’s summer and nobody wants handknits for Christmas.
    Good: I can throw in a random pair of socks that the daughter might like.
    Bad: The socks can only be the B side of the present.
    Good: Christmas lunch is at her house again this year.
    Bad: Still haven’t finished wrapping the gifts.
    Good: Finished glazing the ham last night.
    Bad: Suddenly remembered that I haven’t “Finished” that cross stitch ornament that she requested for her tree this year.
    Good: I only have one offspring, my husband doesn’t really *do* Christmas, and it’s only 7:10am on Christmas morning so we don’t have to leave for another 2 hours. Easy peasy!
    Merry Christmas from Australia!

  73. You are truly an inspiration…this has been a very difficult holiday season for me for a number of reasons, but you always remind me to be thankful for what I have. Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas!

  74. Merry Christmas, Stephanie, and thank you for all the pleasure of reading your posts. All wishes for peace and love through the new year.

  75. You did long sleeves? So proud! One thing I love about girl sweaters is when you get the wrong zipper you can do a ribbon through the top (if the girl is young enough) and it saves approximately 412 hours of zipper sewing.
    15cm? You Canadians with your crazy, logical metric system!
    I’m in the Portland, OR area and there are some parts with 2 feet of snow and they are expecting more today. We are very unequipped to deal with this kind of weather and the entire city as ground to a halt. Its most definitely affecting my Christmas plans.
    But we know you can do it with loads of caffeine and no sleep at all! Next year I’m hiring Lene!

  76. Thank you for another year of delightful, thought-filled reading pleasure.
    Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

  77. Merry Christmas from Florida! It was shorts weather here today and will be again tomorrow. Enjoy the white stuff.

  78. Merry Christmas to you those whom you love.
    Great sweater – what’s the pattern.

  79. Merry Christmas, Stephanie! I just finished two scarves with moments to spare, so I can empathize with the “down to the wire” feeling, esp. when my spouse is telling me everything has to be wrapped today….

  80. Bless you and yours this holiday. It is reassuring to know (via your blog)that one is not alone in the madness of life as a working, knitting, mothering, partnered(married or otherwise) woman on this planet!

  81. My husband is taking the boys to the BIG TREAT SLEDDING HILL after dinner to tire them out. I’ve conceded the oldest boys sweater until the weekend and the socks until New Years. While the kids are at the sledding hill I have to sort stocking stuffers and knit the sleeve on the baby’s sweater… and find the mittens I knit for my niece 2 months ago… and then I’m done…
    until tomorrow.
    And only with the knitting. Let’s not talk about wrapping.

  82. Oh, Happy Holidays! My friend in Rome was lamenting that it’s sunny and warm there, not a snowflake in sight! He thinks we’re all very lucky to be having a white Christmas.

  83. I’m so impressed!
    Is it wrong that I’m excited that we have a 6 hour drive from North Bay to South Western Ontario at midnight (after hubbie gets done work) ONLY becasue that gives me 6 straight hours of knitting? What? I only have a Fleece Artist skinny scarf and a Fishy hat to finish, no problem!
    Merry Christmas! We’ll honk as we pass over head on the 401! haha

  84. I have to admit I wimped out and came south to Texas at the last minute (I missed my Mom). It’s really rough because it was only 58 degrees F here today. It’s a cold spell. (Considering when I left Illinois it was -18 F with wind chill, I’m being questioned about my motives.) I still insiste my motives are pure – I missed my Mom! Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  85. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stephanie, and good luck with the last scarf!
    I still need to knit a couple of inches of beaded i-cord to make into earrings (which I think I can do between dinner at a restaurant at 6, and church services at 9)–and then I’ll be done. No gifting of WIP this year!

  86. happy holidays to you as well! not as bad as toronto, I’m sure, but I’ll let you know that Seattle (lovely green as it usually is), is under nearly a foot of snow right now — most we’ve had in these parts in about 15 years.

  87. Great work on that sweater and all those scarves, Stephanie. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a big thank-you for having made the knitting world a better place now and throughout 2008!
    Oh, and I didn’t comment yesterday, but your Hank post was absolutely wonderful. What a lucky boy to have such a cool aunt!

  88. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Enjoy the snow, it’s rained here all day and the water is rising. If this had been snow, we might have rivaled Toronto.

  89. Merry Christmas and thanks for entertaining me all year. I was going to go back and count JUST HOW MANY pairs of socks you made in 2008, but let’s just leave it at ‘way more than I’ll make in my lifetime’, because I think I’d rather go make yeast rolls. Head down, I believe there’s a storm headed your way. And nice job on wrapping up the knitting in time … again.

  90. Wow… that seriously sucks with the snow business. Seriously. I’m glad I live in climates that don’t allow for snow. XD

  91. I have 34 minutes to finish wrapping 27 presents, vacuum the house, and clean the downstairs bathroom (I know there’s a toilet under there somewhere) before I have to start dinner if it’s going to be done before the Christmas Eve guests arrive. So I’m reading blogs.
    Merry Christmas!

  92. The following is sung to Joy to the World
    Joy to the world, the sweater’s done.
    The vest is also knit.
    And socks and hats and mittens
    As warm and soft as kittens
    Are underneath the tree
    Are underneath the tree
    All knit, all knit, all knit by me
    There’s more on my blog at http://www.jam2day.blogspot.com

  93. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year to you and your family. Thank you for your delightfully humorous blog and for sharing it.

  94. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I feel you are a gift to all of us, all year round. Bless You!

  95. Delurking (from Mississippi, where it is 70 degrees F and raining) to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Your blog is one of the best in the U.S. too.

  96. At least your presents are pretty much done. I had only one present to finish, I mean knit, this month,and yet here I am with only half a mitten when I should have two finished mittens. Ah well, these mitts have seem to have become a fixed part of my room, so I guess it’s okay that they hang around for ANOTHER year.
    Merry Christmas Steph, and to all the readers! Here’s hoping next year will be the where we all finish the gifts early!

  97. I’ll go read my predecessors later – but Stephanie? I DO hope that you and Joe and the girls (and cat…daren’t forget the cat) have a truly wonderful holiday season. I’m with those above me who said “If you have 1/100th of the joy and delight that you provide to ME every day, it’ll be a very fine day indeed.” As a celebrator of ChristmaChanuKwanzaaka (and a God Yul to you too) we generally have fun one way or another…but True Confession: I don’t give knitted presents. I give **COUPONS** for knitted items. {this is me with a wicked grin} :o)

  98. may all the songs of christmas
    make a wreath round your head
    may the lights of christmas joy
    light the way to the new year
    may our memories be ribbons
    of the joys and of the tears
    of by gone times and those we miss
    merry christmas every one

  99. Merry Christmas, Steph! Lovely meeting you twice this year.
    I bought those reusable “green” bags and put presents in them. A little tape across the top seals them. The solid recycled poly ones can even be used as mailing envelopes! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, late as it is, I vote the person with the least to do gets the groceries.

  100. Merry Christmas to You and Yours Steph!
    Thank you for your gift of this wonderful blog, if you ever figure out how to avoid the dreaded “IT” of the season. Please let us know!

  101. Have a safe and warm Christmas and good luck with the wrapping. I finished wrapping yesterday but suffered an injury that may interfere with knitting, a blister on the thumb that holds the yards and yards and YARDS of curling ribbon against the scissors blade.
    But my packages have lovely tiers and tiers of curly ribbons, much of it sparkly. I’m allowed much sparkly at Christmas. It makes up (somewhat) for not having white at Christmas.
    Peace and Joy,

  102. happy Knitter dance! I have finished my last thing to be knit for the holidays at 2pm this afternoon. After prepping stuff for the big deal meals of tomorrow, I have mixed a festive cocktail (blood orange soda with vodka) & am going to sit next to the tree & cast on a pair of socks for myself. I cannot remember the last time I made socks for me, so I figured it was about time.

  103. Merry Christmas! I may miss my Christmas traditions because the roads here are impassable. I had to take the bus to work and even the buses have had to detour. When you live on the side of a mountain you have hills of doom. But I can live vicariously, knowing many people will enjoy the fruits of your labours and somewhere there are people who can walk to where they’re going without worrying about slipping and breaking a hip (as happened to someone I know who tried to get off a bus yesterday – big mistake)
    (in North Vancouver which is not quite as bad as Victoria which has the most snow of all urban centres in Canada just now, but North Vancouver is close and I’m just lucky I got out for a wine run)

  104. Just want to say thank you for being there. I have read your books and blogs since my mom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away about a year and a half ago. I don’t think you realize what a pick me up your writing gives people. Holidays can be tough yet I get through them by knitting and reading your entries. You are the last thing I read as I head to bed on Christmas Eve! Merry, Merry Christmas!

  105. in case you haven’t started the last scarf, and are looking for a little variety, mason-dixon knitting has a 2 row silk garden scarf in mistake rib, from a few days ago, that really caught my eye…
    happy holidays, stephanie!

  106. thanks for blogging, even on the eve pf the big day with your hands all knotted up and tired – bravo! Hank is pretty cool. You, too.

  107. Merry Christmas from WARM (high tomorrow of 71 degrees farenheit) Southwest Louisiana! Hope you and your family have an excellent Christmas! Time to get to bed before Santa passes over my house!

  108. It is 12:35 a.m. on Christmas morning. I am still wrapping gifts. I didn’t knit anything for Christmas this year (last year made dishcloths for the folks I work with) and am somewhat sad that I didn’t. I kind of feel like Mack from the Pixar movie “Cars”, because my husband told me he’d stay up late wrapping with me, and he’s currently passed out, sawing the proverbial logs. ::sigh::
    Stephanie and family, I hope you have one of the best holidays ever. I’ll gladly share some of your white stuff, as right now we have rain/freezing rain/ice. Bleh.

  109. Merry Christmas to you, Stephanie, and to your family — and even if everything isn’t done, it will still be appreciated!

  110. Merry Christmas, I gave away my first pair of socks, all others I have kept for myself, and Mom is already telling Dad when he can wear them.

  111. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family! I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who had to force herself to go and get groceries LOL! As for wrapping presents, I’m doing that this morning (Christmas morning at 4:45am!) I’m always better doing that kind of stuff in the morning rather than the evening! As for knitting, I still have a Noro Yarn Crack scarf and a half to finish, and a 2×2 ribbed hat! SIGH! I swear that this year I’m going to find small cool projects that really interest me, knit them ahead of time and stockpile them to divvy up later as Christmas presents. Of course I think I’ve said that before LOL! I hope you and yours have a wonderful day full of family, friends, love and peace.

  112. I hope you found something to eat!
    I’m the only one up yet (can you tell we don’t have children?) and am supposed to do some breakfast baking. Ha!
    A very merry Christmas!

  113. Merry Christmas! Although I was freaking out a bit about it, I sort of enjoyed finishing the last thumb on Molly’s mittens at 11:30 last night. I knew how many other knitters were up finishing projects and it made me feel like a very small part of something very big.

  114. Merry Christmas! I’m going to knit in peace because we’re not doing family Christmas for another week! Thank you so much for all the joy you’ve brought this year.

  115. A very merriest of holidays to a woman who makes every day a little funnier, a little better, and a little more interesting. Your blog posts are like little mini-holidays all through the year. Thank you. Enjoy the weather with all its house-bound cozy feelings.

  116. Merry Christmas! I finished a felted bag at 1:45 am last night. Love the Christmas knitting. There’s nothing like a deadline to motivate.

  117. Merry Christmas Harlot! I just want to take a moment and express my sincere thanks…. you always provide a lift, entertainment, and inspiration to life and knitting/ knittting and life ~ they do go hand in hand! Happy New Year!!

  118. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stephanie. I’ve enjoyed reading about your efforts to complete your knitted gifts. I know you’ll come through in the end…. you always do.

  119. The local radio news here said the other day that “Canada is covered coast to coast in snow” and I thought of you and Laura and Amy and my aunt and everyone in Canada.
    I hope you keep warm somehow!

  120. Merry Christmas and thanks for caring so much about others. Thanks for reminding us all what matters. God bless. I hope you get some special secret moments to cherish over Christmas.

  121. Hi, I’m a bad knitter (I love doing it, but profound discalcula makes most of the technical side tricky) and I got lucky this Christmas – my bro got me scarf kit. The wool’s horrible, but bamboo needles! They look like 6mm sort of thickness and I’ve already made a scarf on them. I am a total bamboo convert, so much more comfy than metal.
    P.S I’m being brave and trying out a ‘pattern’ for the first time in my knitting life. I’m making slippers. This is all your fault, making me try to grow as a knitter. Happy yule season!

  122. How do you make that scarf? It’s gorgeous. Please point me in the direction of the pattern. Thanks and Merry Christmas!!!

  123. I ditto Lois’s request from Dec. 29. Would love to have the patten and yarn info from your scarf. It is lovely!
    Happy New Year to all!

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