Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holiday Spirit 

national_men_and_tree

Not so great camera phone shot of the National Menorah and Christmas Tree on December 25th. This is just before they turned off the lights...at 11PM! You would think they could at least have a little spirit and keep them on until midnight!

Well, I had some very nice holiday celebrations but, man, did it exhaust me! As I said before, we spent most of our holiday time with the family of Cobra, including his mother, brother, aunt, uncle, and lots of cousins. I felt privileged to once again be welcomed to their celebrations and be able to take part in their traditions. They all gather at C's mom's house on Christmas Eve for a decadently delicious dinner, then open presents later in the evening (usually it's at midnight but, with a little kid around, we moved it a bit earlier).

In their generosity, I received some modest but happily received gifts, including some soft long underwear, a lovely red silk dress and, best of all from Mr. Cobra himself, a ten class pass for a local yoga studio. This will go to good use, as I've had a lot of stiffness and soreness since the accident. When he gave it to me, Cobra said "See, I listen!" I never doubted it.

Cobra's brother also got me a gift: a copy of Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation. He was truly tickled by the title but told me that he was initially worried that I would be offended by it! I then informed him that I'd been a member of an SnB for almost two years and that I embraced the name. This was so thoughtful, I didn't have the heart to tell him that I already had a copy of the book. I thought I'd put it out to you readers out there. Would anyone like to trade a copy of Stitch n Bitch Nation for another book, yarn, etc of comparable value? Email me at jennaudrenATgmailDOTcom if you're interested.

On Christmas Day, we went to Cobra's aunt's house for yet ANOTHER decadent meal. I also had a nice chance to talk more in depth with some of his family members that I don't know as well. Later that evening, I brought out my little menorah that I've had since I was little and got one of the kids around to help me with the lighting. He asked some good questions, so I told him a bit about the story of Hanukkah. I have to admit that it felt a bit strange to participate so fully in a Christmas celebration. This is only the fourth I've participated in in my whole life, but before I always had a certain detachment. This year, I really felt like a part of the family and some of the barriers were let down (for better and for worse) so I was really involved in the celebration. It was nice and fun, but felt foreign as well. I hope that over the years, Cobra and I can develop our own traditions.

All the sitting around we did after the eating left me with lots of time to knit, and so I did.


sock

I'm practicing my cables with this sock pattern from Brainylady. The yarn is a lovely merino sport weight that I got at the Crafty Bastards craft fair from Woolarina. I'm calling it Northern Light because of the bright flashes against the field of black.

All of the stimulation really wore me out, so I slept in on Monday and decided to do something a little slow and cultural. I headed down to the National Mall and admired the ice skaters at the rink at the National Gallery of Art.

skaters

I then walked over to the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art to see an amazing exhibit of Kaftans from the Ottoman Empire.

kaftans

These garments were the definition of luxurious, as they were hand woven or appliqued in silks, satins and even gold and silver threads. Many were lined with fur and were made on a very large scale, which added to the wearer's regal appearance. Each item was truly breathtaking and I was glad to see them take their place as true works of art.

I'm back at work for a short week but I'm mentally gearing up for another long weekend and New Year's fun. I'm also pondering my knitting aspirations, look for them soon along with a pic of Cobra's socks!