Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Comfort and Joy

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was very quiet, and low-key, which was just right for us.




I didn't have the energy to haul a Christmas tree up three flights of stairs, so Robb and I bought a palm tree instead. I could not be more pleased with how it looks, decorated. I like the semi-traditional, semi-demented aspect of this tree.



I made this scarf for Robb. So many scarves are not reversible, which drives me a bit batty. I try to always knit scarves that look nice on both sides. I made a version of this scarf for Martha a few years back. Of course, when I sat down to knit this one for Robb, I couldn't find the notes I made about Martha's scarf. I wonder if I came up with the same stitch pattern on both of them, or if I invented two similar almost-reversible chevron patterns.



One side of the scarf has a column of stitches, and the other side has a groove, but I think both look nice.



I knit the scarf in two pieces in order to get the nice scallops on the ends, and then almost threw the darn thing out the window when it came time to graft the two parts together. I tried to match up the stitch pattern while grating, but failed utterly. The "back" side which is shown here looks pretty weird. The "front" is better. Thankfully, it looks intentional, and Robb is too polite to criticize my knitting.



Even the sweater that I was too sick to finish.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your palm Christmas tree! It has a carefree in-your-face attitude- sort of like if Bette Midler were a Christmas tree. -Rose

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Funny how xmas is such a mish-mash of traditions. The evergreen tree is a completely pagan symbol. I bet you'd be hard-pressed to find a pine tree in Bethlehem, but there might be plenty of palm type trees.

And we won't even discuss the dancing snow men or flying reindeer in the context of the birth of the Christ Child, will we now?

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your beautiful Christmas tree! I am thinking about you both right now and wishing for you the best of everything in 2008. You are an inspiration to me in so many ways...
I read the blog a lot, but am usually so caught up in desperately trying to remember if I actully have a google and/or blogger account or not, then I fail to comment. But I AM here and I do love both of you, you know!
Cheers and nothing but the good stuff! For 2008 and hell; the rest of 2007 too! Still a few days left...
xoxox
Donna (yup; the baltimore one)

Lynne Rutter said...

wow! robb looks so hip in those arm warmers and knit corset thing!

sugarskull said...

I LOVE the palm-mas tree! Excellent idea. Happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

Love the tree and the cat.

The knitting also looks wonderful, and I'm impressed you made it for xmas. For our xmas, I just made some bread and called it presents.

Annalisa and Gary

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I thought that Robb was quite the little hipster, too.

We made beer, and called it presents.

Music Woman said...

Oh how cute! Love the palm tree... and totally loved Linguine's tongue sticking out (that is Linguine right?)!!!!

BTW.... LOVED Robb's sweater.... I think he should just wear it like that. The newest fashion in sweaters.....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year guys!

Mortadella said...

Your cat is so cute an awesome. He posed!

Kristen said...

excellent tree. could you get any presents under it, or did Linguine hog it all?

Our new family member, Teddy, has not actually climbed the christmas tree, but he has knocked plenty of the ornaments off and tackled them like only a kitten can. He also likes drinking out of the base. Not sure why.

Your knitting is gorgeous. I'm still at the stage where its a toss-up whether I'll purl or poke myself in the eye. Always impressed with the delicate webs that your needles spin.

Syndee said...

Happy Holidays to you both. Lisa, I hope you're feeling better soon! Sounds like a disaster of a disease :0 I enjoyed seeing your Christmas tree. It made me think of warm weather and sunny beaches. Here in NY it's quite dreary--no leaves on the trees, the grass is pale, and the only wildlife hanging around are the two squirrels that made a mad dash towards my car today (I was able to avoid them, but I felt as though they were laughing at me like in the Geico commercial). Hope your New Year is happy and healthy!!!

Ron Sullivan said...

Sago palm! A great Xmas tree! and the ornaments look so good on it. And the quilt and the cat look perfect under it too.

I think there are pines in the Bethlehem area, at least, but everything else stays green (or greens up, like here?) in winter so they're not such a big deal -- you're right, that's all pagan stuff from northern Europe. Arguably, celebrating Xmas in midwinter is paganish too, and lots of the more dour and scowly Protestant churches don't make a big deal out of it.

I, on the other hand, am all for making big deals and having holidays. My fave so far is Now Ruz, Persian New Year. They do it for three weeks! Those folks know how to have a good time.

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