What do skiing and golf have in common?


Well, for one thing you can do both during the first weekend of Dec. if you live in the Chicagoland area.  Tom went golfing on Saturday, as it was 64 degrees out and sunny, with no wind.  At the same time T. and her boyfriend went skiing in Wisconsin.  A couple of hour drive from here.  It was in the 50’s and there was about 6 to 10 inches of man made snow on the runs.  All so wierd.  It is even warmer here in Chicago today.  I think it may even reach 70!  I saw a blooming dandelion on a walk today and my mums are starting to rebloom in the pots that I bought back in the early fall!  but NOPE, there is no such thing as Global Warming!  Just ask the rightwing crazies!

So as I enjoy the Florida like weather here in the midwest I am getting myself ready for Christmas.  Lots of decorating going on and gifts being crafted.

Picked out the tree in our shirtsleeves!

Picked out the tree in our shirtsleeves!


New shopping bags

New shopping bags

















I made 13 or 14 pairs of wool mittens for a new business venture I am comtemplating.  Lots of people have expressed interest in them and am hoping to get them into some of the local gift shops.  One of my knitty group friends is also interested in joining in.  We’ll see…..

I have whipped up a couple of new reversible shopping bags this past week from a tutorial I found on the internet..  I was considering giving them away as gifts for xmas, but now I want to keep them!  I found an IKEA curtain panel at Goodwill for $2.99 which I used for the outside. It is nice and stiff and has a beautiful textured pattern of branches on it.  I lined on bag with cotton fabric from my stash and the other with part of a black sheet (also a Goodwill bargain).  The ruffling is frayed strips ripped from cotton. These bags are soooo much more stylish than the heavy duty plastic bags from Italy that I have been using!  Maybe I’ll gift the plastic ones to Tom!!  Now there is an idea!

The rest of this week is going to be devoted to finishing up some of my WIP’s.  The elephant socks for A. are almost done – but I ran out of yarn with only an inch to go – so have to figure out what to do there.  Am also going to try and make some progress on one of my quilt projects.  I know that my sister is now far ahead of me on the Dear Jane quilt so maybe will work on that to try and catch back up a bit.  Also want to make some zucchini bread and knit a couple of more xmas balls for gifts.  This doesn’t include all of the laundry that is piling up and the basement that needs to be straightened out…..Never enough hours in the day!

Especially when one is glued to the computer!!!!!!


About thecraftyfarmer

I love a project - and I always have tons of them going at the same time - Sometimes it is hard to prioritize, but the usual order of importance generally looks like this: PROJECT 1) My relationship with my exceptionally wonderful husband PROJECT 2) The raising of my four children - the oldest just done with college, the second about to go off to college, a high schooler, and a middle schooler PROJECT 3) Keeping up with my mother and my friends PROJECT 4) Growing and cooking healthy food for my family and friends PROJECT 5) Sewing, knitting, repurposing furniture, or other crafty endeavors PROJECT 6) Playing with my constant shadow - the family (?) dog PROJECT 7) Looking after our house in the suburbs and our farmhouse ........ PROJECT 999) Keeping up with the 12 loads of laundry I seem to have every week!

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