Happy Thanksgiving

My favorite time / week / day of the year. I know what to get everyone, I know what to make, I do not have to worry about any returns. Four years ago I knit this hat while waiting for the Lorax to arrive. It is a perfect fit for my new little butterball.
Jive Turkey
May your turkey be delicious and bonus points if it is cute!

Thanksgiving Crafts

Last week I posted about my Pom Pom Maker – did you guess that I would take a shot at using the pom pom maker to whip up a flock of Pom Pom Toms, like Martha? Here’s a shot in progress:
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The pom poms are a great way to use up stash yarn if you have it. I used a mix of wool-acrylics / acrylics (think Ella Rae & Vanna’s Choice). I will say that it was quite tedious to cut out the scalloped “feathers” – some are a bit pointy.

But the end result is pretty neat.
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I gave up when it came to glueing the legs on – I wasn’t sure they would stay up and they already look a little drunk as it is.

I also printed up the designs that Jessica of Craftily-Ever-After kindly shared.
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Perfect – I was able to swap out some photos and prints in these frames for the more appropriate seasonal ones. Jessica also has ones for Halloween and Christmas!

It was a great day I think – my brothers, SIL and brother’s girlfriend came in on Wednesday night and were quite gracious in allowing me to boss them all around. It was smooth sailing on Thursday. We had a little party for the Lorax since the whole family was there –
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Three!!! (Just about.)

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Couldn’t ask for much more!

And finally, I can sit.

For a moment.

The last week or so has been such a blur – there were multiple visits with family, houseguests of all kinds for three days straight and Thanksgiving. It’s been good.

We hosted Thanksgiving again – it is a lot of work, but between myself and Dan, my brothers, sister-in-law and a brother’s girlfriend there were many many helpful and talented hands at work. They made it so much easier and I am so happy that they were able to be here and enjoy themselves at the same time (I think they all had a good time too!) We hosted 14 people, and I made everyone into Pilgrims for the special day.
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(Some family members don’t want to be viewed online. Hence, you get to see their backsides.)

I made pilgrim placecards and it was a fun craft project – drove Dan a bit crazy though with all that cutting and pasting. In the end it was worth it – everyone got a big kick out it.
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Lorelai turns 2 tomorrow (OMG.) and she had a blast at Thanksgiving – she’s at a really fun age.
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We celebrated her birthday a little earlier since the family was all there.
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I swear, I did not teach her to swipe a taste of frosting.

One of the best parts of the day for me was that I was able to give my uncle a kidney! He’s actually going to be donating a kidney in a few weeks – just because he can and he thought it was something good to do. He’s so awesome.
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When he took the kidney out of the bag he told me how he was told to get a small / bean / kidney shaped pillow for when he leaves the hospital and this would be perfect, and where did I find such a thing? I told him I made it and he was floored – he got a big kick out of it. This is the first thing I have knit for him, so I am very glad it was a success!

And then on Friday we had a rather grown up yet laid back party with some friends from high school – it was nice to just hang out. And the kidlets could play too –
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They had a great time (I think, I hope!)

Here we are, sunday. It’s quiet. The house is mostly returned to normal. We’ve done a little shopping online. I need to take down the fall decorations and work on getting Christmas up, but I’m ok to put that off for a few more days. I’ve got some deadline knitting to work on and some other things to give a good think while I knit.

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First off, thanks to those who commented about the police tape scarf – the consensus is that it is a good idea, so I jumped in and cast on. So far I’ve got “Do Not” done – I’m going to adjust it slightly so it says “Do Not Cross Crime Scene” and repeat that. I’m using acrylic and it’s curling, but I’ll deal with that later.

A major thanks to Sara of goingcrafty.com – she let me know about her Jive Turkey Baby Hat pattern. Of course I knit it up. I used US 6 needles and cast on only 64 to make it a little smaller, in the hopes that Baby will arrive this week and actually be able to wear it. Otherwise, guaranteed I will make it again for next year 🙂 It was a really quick knit and I expect it will get a big response when it does get shown off (this year or next). For now, Jackson is my model. Happy early Thanksgiving!

Jackson Jive Turkey
Turkey Dachshund