Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
We've got a nice dusting of snow here, which has stuck for several days. When it fell Monday, the kids put on their snowsuits over their pajamas and went outside before breakfast. They even got a good start on shoveling the driveway as a surprise for us.
Snow blog

Yesterday my mom, dad and I attended Friends and Family Day at the kids' school, and I managed not to sob audibly as everyone sang Raffi's "All I Really Need." Astute readers may remember that I was caught unaware last year and badly needed a tissue.  Since I can't help it, here's the refrain again:
All I really need is a song in my heart
Food in my belly
And love in my family
All I really need is a song in my heart
And love in my family.

This week, I finished my Connor Cap–Knitcircus's own Chocolate Sheep organized this hat initiative for one of her child's classmates who's in treatment for cancer. I know it's a bit late, but I bet some of you fast-fingered knitters out there could probably still get a hat out by December 1….
The model approved its comfort level–I made it out of some Debbie Bliss Rialto merino from the Sow's Ear, and it's lovely and soft, as well as machine-washable. The stripes are Dale Freestyle (yellow) and Knitpicks Swish Superwash (blue).
Connor cap

In other knitting news, it's getting down to the wire! The Knitcircus deadline of December 1 is galloping up on us, and I've got three patterns in the works I'd like to finish by then. Luckily, the Thanksgiving holiday often lends itself to some knitting time….
Here's a sneak swatch-peek:Bamboo swatch Yes, this one goes to show that I haven't learned my lesson to never leave knitting in a public spot–the bamboo yarn got sullied by a chalk drawing brought from school. I guess we'll find out how well that one washes….
Pink swatch better
 The hue on this one looks a bit startling, but is more relaxed in real life. 

And the last thing for today–the very next thing I'm going to do is make the pumpkin pies! We do a democratic Thnaksgiving–all the grownups cook different parts of the meal. I do the pies (getting off easy, since I really enjoy it), Mike does the green bean casserole, corn and Monkey Bread; my Dad wrangles the turkey, stuffing and gravy, Mom prepares homemade cranberry sauce and the green jello (we're Midwesterners! We have to do that!), my brother mashes the potatoes and his lovely wife makes appetizers.
Just in case anyone else is making pies today, I give you my Foolproof Piecrust recipe:

In medium bowl,  put:
2 cups flour
Cut up into small chunks: 2 sticks cold butter
Work into flour with your ifingers (work fast) or a pastry cutter until butter is the size of small peas.
Add cold water 1 T at a time, tossing with a fork, until dough starts to form a ball. I use more water than most recipes–up to 10 T.
Divide dough in half and roll out thin. Lightly butter the pan and lay crust inside.
Fill with pumpkin, apple, or desired filling! This makes two crusts, so the recipe makes enough for two open pies or one lidded pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, and a happy winter to the Canadians out there,

November 27, 2008 by Knitcircus

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