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Patience
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Posted - 01/01/2003 :  7:13:01 PM  Show Profile Send Patience a Private Message
First and foremost, I want to say Happy New Year to all my KR buddies new and familiar. I wish all of you health, happiness, and peace in 2003.

I am however, very happy that the holidays are over! Yes I know, bah-humbug and all that good stuff. It's just that the stress begins earlier each year and then the crush is on to add so much to our already overcrowded schedules.

The funny thing is that once it gets here, it's over in the blink of an eye and speaking solely for myself, I'm exhausted. The good news is that now I can get back to my knitting and spend a bit more time on Knitter's Review, naturally!

BLN3320
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Posted - 01/01/2003 :  7:48:31 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Today I took a friend who has been ill to lunch. Does that count?
Beverley

"Be kind to your neighbor, he knows where you live!"

Bev
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Luann
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  06:53:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message
I second that, Patience - yesterday we had a New Years Day open house - and my husband woke up with a cold. So I banished him from any food prep, did everything myself (luckily we had made a good bit of the food ahead of time) and made him sleep til people started arriving. We had 45 adults and kids through the house from 2 to 7... when it was over he collapsed in a sniffly heap on the couch and said "You've done enough, I can do the clean up - tomorrow." Of course I couldn't stand to have the place in a huge mess like that overnight so I cleaned it all up myself... my goal was to finish with time enough to knit for 5 minutes before getting to bed, but it didn't happen. I haven't knit for days and I'm jonesing for it!!! As I drifted off to sleep I was inventorying my works in progress, what I wanted to start next, and what I actually have to start next.

Here's to a 2003 filled with knitting, knitting, knitting!!!

Luann (who now has to get out and shovel the sidewalk because you-know-who is too sick to do that either...)

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Martheme
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  07:21:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message
LOL! Count me IN!

Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays! (my DH is the bah-humbug in our house ) And for us it really isn't over yet, we still have a bunch of people we have to see over the next couple of weeks . . . but the tree is down (yesterday) and waiting to be planted (its a live one this year!) and the boxes of decorations are on their way back to storage . . .

We made most of the gifts we gave this year, and plan to do the same for next year. I'm already working on a list of what to make. I've got one recipe, for a Damsom (sp?) Plum Sauce that is actually a dessert, which is suppose to be made and canned a year in advance of serving it so I hope to make that this month for next christmas! I'm trying to plan ahead as much as possible and make stuff now if I can as we plan to start a family this year! I want to have as much of the work out of the way as possible!

Luann, good luck with the shoveling, take it slow and easy!

Wishing everyone a Happy, restful and Knitting filled New Year,

Martheme

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platys
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USA
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  08:40:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit platys's Homepage Send platys a Private Message
Oh, I'm so glad the holidays are over. While they were much better this year than in previous years, mainly thanks to a scrumptious new boyfriend (we've dated 8 months as of December 27th), they are just so exhausted. I come from a family which insists on making Christmas as big of a deal as humanly possible, and the BF's family is very very laid back. I decided to go to the BF's. :)

I made his sister and his mom scarves, and I'm almost done with a scarf for one of his brother's live in girlfriends. I think they liked them, although I was nervous about it.

The holidays this year were almost good enough to convince me that maybe, just maybe, I'd do a Christmas Tree next year. Maybe. :)


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chris
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  09:24:18 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Maybe the fact that we were forced to "simplify" this year made the difference for me...the holidays were a quiet, blessed time for our family. We did spend some time with friends Christmas eve and New Year's eve, but there was no huge rush to buy and ship and decorate. I'm thinking about doing this for the holidays every year!

Now comes the stress for us! We're down to brass tacks again finance wise and Tony has an interview on 1/10! Say a prayer that he gets this one, please???

chris (still learning to simplify in sooooo many ways)

I used to be normal, then I adopted a greyhound!
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stjamesb
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USA
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  10:30:12 AM  Show Profile Send stjamesb a Private Message
We've been simplified all along. No tree, no Christmas decorations, no lights. I grew up without a Xmas tree, we are Catholic so we go to Mass and have dinner, but no trees. I am used to it so after I got married, I felt no need to put up a tree, my husband is a simple guy, so he got no problems with it. We only send cards to families and close friends. I have 4 siblings, all married, every year, we drew name so each of us only need to get 1 gift for the siblings and sibling spouses. I got my sister name, so she got a knitted scarf (one strand eros, 1 strand deep navy cashmere/wool). She just LOVED it, she loved it so much so now she wants to learn how to knit !!! The scarf is gorgeous if I may say so myself :), the deep navy yarn provides a great backdrop for the eros to pop out, like tiny jewels. I even name the scarf: "Tiffany". Every year, I only made few hand-made items for gifts because I don't need to kill myself with long list of things to make and next year, it will be somebody else's turn that I will knit for.
I hope I am not the bah-humbug, it just that I feel sometimes it is too easy to caught up in the frenzy.
I visit a good yarn store in Avon, CT while visiting my in-laws, now I can't wait to "play" :)

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  10:50:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
I have tried to simplify the holidays for us, but we do enjoy having the house lit....it feels cheerful and we have a 2 yo who is liking the lights.

DH informed me that he was going to do Xmas card the Saturday before Xmas.....I nixed it. People would not get them and I would wind up proofing the list, the letter, and writing a note to some folks just because.... So I put on the calendar in November to do the letter, list and cards....to be sent Dec 1. We shall see if it works.

I too am relieved....it always feels like I have to put creative projects on hold for the holidays. I don't dare take the week off due to the mope potential, not to mention the not-wanting-to-leave-the-house due to the world madhouse factor.

The holidays are getting easier though, since I took a stand on our traditions going forward....Although I could have done without the post-holiday migraine and DH rushing around for gifts at the last minute.

Here is my SIIIGGGGHGHHHHH of relief for holidays being over.



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Emaruottolo
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USA
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  2:18:36 PM  Show Profile Send Emaruottolo a Private Message
I'm the odd Man out here. I love the holidays and always feel a sense of sadness when they are over. We do the whole thing, tree, decorations inside and out, tons of gifts, parties and just lots of fun. I have a 2 1/2 year old who was just so delightful this season. Luckily we have birthday parties every week from now until the end of March, then they taper off to about one or two a month. Unfortunately this year, my son and I were both sick over the holidays so they were quieter than usual (which my DH loved). I'm the social one in our family and he is the let's just stay home type. Luckily my son is more like me and loves to go to parties.

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone. All the best in 2003.
Elisa

"Happiness is not the destination, but the road traveled."
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marfa
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  5:19:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message
How do.
Patience, another good topic from you! And wishes for a fabulous 2003 to you too.
My DH & I as a couple are low key for the holidays. He has one sister - we made a contribution to a charity she likes & this year we asked her to keep what would be our gift $ so she could spend it on the group of dogs she is foster-parenting. My parents say they don't want any gifts & to this, I have listened. The DH & I do exchange gifts w/a few close friends & for this year, I made all our gifts: a quilted Xmas table runner, a large lap quilt in reds & greens & pillow cases in novelty fabrics picked to the individual person or couple. Folks seemed pretty happy w/their gifts. Next year I hope to knit many of our gifts.
We don't have a tree - we have ornaments hung on the stand/shelves that hold the TV, stereo, etc. We have our holiday cards displayed on the buffet & around the dining room.
My job is tremendously busy over the holidays & at this moment a sleep deficit has taken hold of me. Luckily we made it through the holidays w/out any illnesses for either of us - stomach bugs are BIG in Philadelphia right now .
As some of you have written about getting a jump on next year, I began to make a list of what I can do better for the next holiday. My list of what to do for what person is started & I have begun a scarf for a friend. Luckily my DH has caught the mood of hand-made gifts (he's very supportive of me) & he is considering the things he could make too. Fingers crossed that something happens!

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Marjorie
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  6:40:02 PM  Show Profile Send Marjorie a Private Message
I have always loved Xmas but am finding now that as I get older it is getting harder and more tiring and way too commercialised. We bought a tall fake tree about two years ago(we got 50%off by buying it on boxing day) and always put it up as a family thing 10 days before Xmas day.We have two sets of lights and decorations for the tree and decorations to go around the lounge dining area as well.I always bring out the decorations that the kids made when they were at primary school which produces groans from the kids and laughter from their friends. Xmas is a great family,fun time but it is also good to see the back of it and settle down to normality which isn't until the third of Jan. for us as we have my sons birthday on the 30th Dec and our wedding anniversary today(3rd).Tomorrow out come the books and needles.
Marjorie

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 01/02/2003 :  7:15:45 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
I agree with Marjorie, I love the holidays, but as I get older same thing I tire more easily. Starting the week before Thanksgiving I put on a Thanksgiving Dinner for fellow workers at work, then we go out for Thanksgiving Dinner to our kids in Seattle. Our eldest son and his wife put on the holiday potlucks which just get better and better every year. All the inlaws and outlaws and friends come and it is truly a wonderful affair. Seeing Thanksgiving was late, my Xmas decorating got behind and we were going to be gone the week of Xmas, but I have to decorate the house my dh and I enjoy the decorations so much and I even decorated our hotel room for the week of Xmas. It looked very festive and was nice to come home to the room that was decorated and festive looking. I am now starting to take down the Xmas decoration and will put up my winter decoration. I decorate by season and love it all, but it does take me longer and longer. I love the end result, plus my things are always new and exciting to me. Winter is the hardest to decorate for, but I enjoy the results and then comes Spring which is great, but Fall is my favorite.

Zola
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welshladygwen@citlink.net
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Posted - 01/03/2003 :  12:10:12 AM  Show Profile Send welshladygwen@citlink.net a Private Message
Well, I truly love the holidays. :>) But, I love to have them rather quiet. We have a small gift for everyone [esp so this year w/ our granddaughter who had a blast playing in the confetti & wrapping paper. At 18 mos, she enjoys her presents, but really just loves the excitement & fun.
It was also delightful to send fiber to my spinning friends, altho' I haven't heard from all of them to see if everything arrived intact.
Now, I'm spinning for a jacket for my DH & planning socks to be knit w/ soy silk [can hardly wait!]... then, there's a pr of socks to be knit in Lorna's Laces black... &... whatever just strikes my fancy! That is one nice thing of "after the holy days", I can be freer & knit to my own muse, rather than on a timetable. Yrs, Jennifer
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linda-gail
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Posted - 01/03/2003 :  11:40:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit linda-gail's Homepage Send linda-gail a Private Message
I love the holidays - I'm a very old child! There have been a few years when I didn't get into the spirit, but for the most part I love Christmas and the preparations. Frequently it goes too fast, but this year was totally enjoyable, and I was sorry to see it end. My tree is still up, though I think it will come down soon.
It is upsetting to see that so many people have forgotten what the true Christmas spirit is about. How can you enjoy Christmas if you are busy getting angry at the others in the parking lot or in the store? If only I had the power to change that...But I do my part to change it for the ones I come into contact with, and feel good knowing that I did. Happy Holidays!

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Juanita in NZ
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New Zealand
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Posted - 01/03/2003 :  6:14:06 PM  Show Profile Send Juanita in NZ a Private Message
Happy New Year to you all! I must say I'm glad Christmas is over for another year, as I always feel the Christmas frenzy comes upon me and I have to think of ten things at once.
It's summer here in New Zealand, as well, which means hot cars and hot tempers. We often have visitors staying for their summer holiday, or we go away somewhere (usually not for that long as we have animals that need looking after and a small rural property that always needs something doing on it). Like you, Marjorie, I have a son with a birthday on Dec 30th, so there's always a family gathering for that as well, which is great when overseas family are here for Christmas and we get them for the birthday too. New Year is often quiet for us, as we feel all 'partied out' by then. Then of course there's the glut of tomatoes and cucumbers to do something with... the perfect jam-making fruit... veges in the garden...(plum jam-making today). I usually try and knit during the hottest part of the day, as I don't like being out in the garden between 11am and 4pm, so that's when the indoor jobs get done. Then of course there's the beach...No wonder winter seems long and dreary here sometimes - we tend to squeeze all the celebrating, holidaying, family summer fun, preserving etc. into such a small time!
I would love to have a Christmas in winter, just to feel all cosy in the warm. We sometimes have barbecue or picnic Christmas dinners, as it's very hot here most years.
On that note I will go and tend to my jam!

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CCR
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Posted - 01/03/2003 :  7:00:03 PM  Show Profile Send CCR a Private Message
I am more than ready to get back on track, in terms of knitting and in terms of EATING. It has certainly been a holiday whirlwind around here.

I need to cleanse my home of baked goods and start working on my knitting to-do list. If I manage to add a dose of exercise, I'll be off to a good start.

I wish I could manage to knit and walk on the treadmill at the same time. Actually, I'd settle for just making it to the treadmill and thinking about knitting as I tread.

Carin

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Knit2Relax
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Posted - 01/04/2003 :  11:14:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Knit2Relax's Homepage Send Knit2Relax a Private Message
Carin, actually I think knitting is a great fitness tool! I own my own business as a Certified Personal Trainer, and I tell my clients that knitting is great because your hands are busy while watching tv. It's difficult to eat and knit at the same time. In the evenings, it's better to knit then to snack. Who thought knitting could be a great fitness tool! :)

In regard to the holidays, I found that having the house all decorated, gifts purchased, and cards finished by Thanksgiving really helped me to enjoy the holiday more this year. Did lots of online shopping which really helped. I knitted gifts the entire month of December while watching Christmas shows and listening to Christmas music. I knitted three blankets and many scarves during the month. I'll try to do that again next year because it made December feel more relaxing.

Teresa
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mcm87
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Posted - 01/04/2003 :  12:12:56 PM  Show Profile Send mcm87 a Private Message
I couild easily go either way. I have a retail job and whenever Thanksgiving is late and the "shopping season" is shortened I get a little Bah Humbuggy. I gave my first ever knit gifts this year and all were well received. What I did not do was pack the family into the car and race to 4 different houses just to see everyone on Christmas day. That was a welcome change from years past. I decided I wouldn't be struck down if I didn't send cards.

My biggest step toward simplifying the season was to abandon the notion that each gift must A) cost more than whatever I gave that person last year and B) cost at as much or more as whatever that person got me. The push to buy, buy, buy is really the only part of the holiday season I would rather do without.

I wish everyone a happy and productive New Year and look forward to getting to know you better in the coming months.

Meghan

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 01/04/2003 :  12:23:48 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
Meghan, I buy all year round so by Oct. for the most part I am done, that way it spreads the cost through the year. Also I like to see what I can get that is great for as cheap as I can get it. So When I see something wonderful on sale in Jan.,Feb. or Mar. and so forth I buy it. I usually end up with too many gifts for everyone but it is fun and always gives me an excuse for shopping as if I need it. So far I haven't bought anything for this Xmas (2003) yet.

Zola
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BessH
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Posted - 01/05/2003 :  06:33:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
Hmmm Glad it's over? well. yes. but...

Each season brings it's joys and treats, but I confess, from September 1 to January 1 I am happiest. I absolutely love the turn from hot to cool weather - rain coming at last - shorter days. I am the only person in my family who revels when day light savings time goes off. My birthday is the first holiday in the autumn season - at least we make it into one. And then there all those happy monday holidays that give you a chance to go shopping or sleep late. (when you live in the country, going shopping is something you have to "go do" - as it means 100 miles in a car, not counting driving around unfamiliar places) The real holiday beat begins here at Thanksgiving. This is DS's favorite holiday so everything is done to accomodate him. If he can't be here, we go to him. Then there are special rituals that have to do with Christmas with certain special people. The holiday music comes out in early December and nothing else is allowed to be played for that month. Sometimes I delay bringing it out if I think DH needs a bit of respit, but once it's out, that's it. We have everything from I want a Hippopatomus for Christmas to Kings College Choir's 9 lessons. Scrounging around in the woods for the tree, mailing cards, cooking, usually a party, well...you get the picture. I adore Chirstmas.

AND I adore January.

Now are the restful clean white days. Time to inventory, to take stock of my life, my spiritual quest, my stuff! I'm partway through a complete inventory of my fiber world - whoee - I better not go shopping for another year.

"Be Gone All Ye Catalogs" "Freeze Ye E-BAY Spinning Web Site"





If I am lucky, this period will last 2 months - if spring comes early, though, then there is the joy of tossing off your coat, throwing your boots in the closet - and scratching in the earth. There will be discoveries in the woods on sunday afternoon walks. the woodsy smokey smell of leaves burning and I will find some cute 12 year old boy to come help me rake the yard. There is nothing so refreshing as listening to a 12 year old tell you about his life while you lean on rakes and munch sandwiches.

And then that day comes, when the first poplar trees put out their green lace of new leaves - like a green waterfall, a cascade of froth tumbling down the forest. Who would ever sigh over a carpet of purple violets. Did you know you can make violet jelly? high in vitimin c!

Come May the springtime peaks with some magical event - it looks like this year it will be a trip but other years it is a huge garden party when the roses bloom. How I love to see women in floaty dresses and floppy hats scattered on my lawn.

Summer has always been the most challenging season for me - it is our busiest season at work and for the past 3 years we have had a serious drought. But it still brings its own special gifts: swimming after work, lots of fresh vegetables, blackberries, sweet corn, and company! guests and guests and guests. Some special ones come for the whole summer, others only a weekend but again, there is a climax in August when the family reunion occurs - a 149 year old tradition last year and 150 this!! and we shall eat and talk and eat and talk and then come back to my house to eat and swim and talk and when the sun goes down we'll take the children out to swim down the red moon path.

And then - a few weeks of quiet and it is September once again.

so am I glad the holidays are over? well. yes. because each season of the year has so many wonderful things that when one passes you get to have the next one. Just so long as they keep rolling around, i will be always so happy about saying hello to the new one that I shan't mind saying goodbye to the old.

Happy New Year to you all.

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pqpatch
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USA
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Posted - 01/05/2003 :  08:03:35 AM  Show Profile Send pqpatch a Private Message
The holidays are too commercial. We kept it simple this year and it was so much better. My DH and daughter and I had a wonderful time together. My family is all further away and so didn't get there this year. My family tends to make everything very stressful so not going made things much less stressful.

Now we are leaving for a month and traveling to Florida and seeing the sites there. My DH has the winter months off and then it is back to work in Feb.

Happy New Year to all and may the knitting angels bless everyone.

Patty

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