Here we are again....
First, notes on Christmas:
- Remember that 4 people for dinner (Christmas) is much different than 10 people for dinner (Thanksgiving). I compensated, but not quite enough. A work in progress
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping is the BOMB! That's a keeper, and may become my standard potluck contribution. NOM!
- Really and truly, the rolls are done at 8 minutes, no matter what they look like. All those freakin' burned bottoms make no sense. Maybe next year, try a free-form roll on the double-bottomed pizza pans? Or set the muffin pans on a cookie sheet?
- 1 purchased pie crust = 16 cinnamon rolls. Cooked on said pizza pans, 16 minutes appears to be not too long.
- Sad to say, I think the time for the matching Christmas Eve nightgowns is past. Mom and I have a gazillion of them. Must think of something else for next year; no idea what.
- Also, the Nutcracker is probably over, as well. No clue what to replace that with, either.
- Must go through the stuff in the garage, if only to find the missing Christmas items, such as the hooks for the stockings. Though the chair backs worked OK, in a pinch.
- Stuffing in the crock pot needs to be on LOW NOT HIGH!
- For WeHoSnB Christmas party, take hot cider. (Would have been lovely, if I had made it to the party. On the up side, I finished my hat, so it's ready for next year!)
- The Farm Blanket: only three years late, it actually was delivered at a good time, as the recipent is currently into farms and will make good use of it
- Belle's hoop and petticoat: not so timely, as I don't know how much Victorian (non-Steampunk) stuff Belle is doing these days, but she has it if she needs it.
- Belles' purple socks that have been languishing for several years
- Mark and Mary Ann's sweatshirts: need to get some equipment to make sure the transfers stay transferred; everything else is done.
- Mark and Mary Ann's scarves: definitely a project gone ferral, it shouldn't be this hard. I think I will give up on making them shadow knit, and just go for stranded knitting, in the round. This will make them thicker, but I am otherwise at a loss as to how to do something which SHOULD BE FREAKIN' SIMPLE. Not that I'm cranky about it or anything.
- Linda's tablecloth. One of 4 corners is done, one is more than half-done. I don't know that I can finish in the next year, but I would at least like to have 3 corners done this time next year.
- Camp shirts for Bruce and Tom: the ones from two years ago I finally cut this year, but didn't get any farther. The one from three years ago (for Bruce; Tom's got done at that time) has gone AWOL; what I thought were pattern pieces were, in fact, scraps. I have no clue where to look for them.
- Tom's Fair Isle hat from last year. I dyed the yarn, but have yet to pattern it. It should be straight-forward, once I get the chart done. I hope.
This is another list of things that I don't really expect to work on, but are nagging me for a mention:
- Kate's black beaded purse
- pink cabled socks for me
- natural kilt socks for Chris
- DK weight socks for my mom
- Thomas' jacket
- Sam's planets quilt (it's so old, Pluto was still a planet!)
- Sam's Disney Princess quilt (sell the squares on eBay?)
- new bodice for the white Regency
- new bodice for the white Regency underdress (that goes under the gold gown)
- new grey Regency
- Daughters of Pele
- Captain Dubois
- Regency riding habit
- new sage Regency
- yellow-green plaid bustle gown
- dark green bustle gown
This is daunting, but I'm glad to have it written down.