We had a wonderful holiday around here, with 11 people around the tree for present-opening, and lots of help from my aunts with–everything.  What great houseguests.
Then it was on to the next holiday, Li'l Buddy's birthday, which we celebrated just the way he wanted, with a trip to the indoor  waterpark.
They just didn't have stuff like that when I was a kid. I'm still a little spooked by the consumerism of it all, but the kids do have a lot of fun. Mike's little bro, also a birthday boy, wanted vanilla cake and Buddy wanted chocolate, so I made a marbe cake and eveyone was happy. It turned out moist and delicious–wish I'd taken some pics. The frosting was my version of the Betty Crocker Cookbook chocolate buttercream, with more butter, less sugar and more unsweetened chocolate.

Then this morning Ms.  SABLE  and I had a web conference with Ms. Violet, Knitcircus' technical editor. A Blue Screen of Death and some audio glitches tried to stop us, but we triumphed in the end by both seeing and hearing each other.

The next issue, #5, is going to be chock-full o-yarny goodness. We've got so many knitting patterns I can't wait to share with you. I'll give little cookies between now and February 1, when it comes out.
For now I'll say that there's a pattern in there by  Susan D  that I can't wait to try….

And here's a peek at our  Ravelry ad starting tomorrow.
Ponyboy ravelry

Mike and I hare going to try to talk tonight, looking at the year we've had and what we can look forward to in the coming one. A new president, for sure…

The next couple of weeks will bring our 10-year anniversary, my B-day and the print deadline for Knitcircus #5, so we'll have plenty to do.

In the midst of the economic uncertainty, I'll end for this year with a quote from one of the greats:
"Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crisis."
—Elizabeth Zimmerman
And I hope that all of your new years are… sweet.
Blueberry pie

December 31, 2008 by Knitcircus

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