Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Magic

I may not have any presents wrapped yet, but I made cookies today. The most delicious crispy, chewy  gingersnap cookies from In Jennie's Kitchen. I've had a thing for gingerbread all holiday season so I'm glad I finally had a chance to make these.


They were delicious. Next on the list I want to make these and gingerbread coffeecake once my copy of simple scratch cooking arrives this week. 


More freezer jam. We'll see how this one tastes tomorrow. 

Baking and catching up on sleep has been how I've spent my first few days of holiday vacation so far. The next few days will be spent enjoying the holiday magic with family. I've loved seeing how our sweet little Magpie is experiencing the holidays this year.


She already knows the tree is just for looking :)


And loves reading with her big cousin.


That smile melts my heart every time.


We also have an extra family member visiting this week. Bailey and Puddy don't seem to mind sharing the couch with my mom's sweet dog, Maddie.

Baking, sleeping, relaxing, family, and .......knitting (and writing about knitting, as in those patterns). That's my plan this vacation. Speaking of which....

Pattern photos by Tricia Soto, aka Cheekyattitude

Shown in The Plucky Knitter Primo Sport, colorway Decorum Dictates

These fingerless gloves are so versatile. The pattern is written for either sport or worsted weight yarns, and the worsted version is a quick gift knit too! The cables pop in a variety of yarns and will look good on everyone in the family. 

Shown in The Plucky Knitter Scholar, colorway Strawberry Wine (worsted weight version)

Suggested Yarns:  ~155 yards for sport weight version such as The Plucky Knitter Primo Sport, Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK, Anzula Cricket, Knitted Wit Victory DK
~185 yards for worsted weight version such as The Plucky Knitter Scholar or Primo Worsted, Anzula For Better or Worsted, Big Bad Wool Weepaca


Sorin Fingerless Gloves are on sale for $5.00 through Dec. 28 BUT use coupon code: HAPPYHOLIDAYS to receive an additional 20% off this pattern and any other Irish Girlie Knits Design pattern $6.00 or less (through January 4, 11:59pm EST) 


I certainly haven't gotten very far on the tween's Sorin Fingerless Glove. One is almost done at least. I'm looking forward to getting some knitting done tomorrow.


Oh, Cheekyattitude and I have a present for one lucky reader that doesn't need wrapping. Contest time!!

Time lovely skein of Plucky Knitter Primo Sport would be lovely for a pair of Sorin Fingerless Gloves, but it could be anything you want it to be! Just leave a comment on this post with what you have planned for the week ahead....will you be baking, relaxing, knitting, entertaining family? Anything special? Have you wrapped all of your presents? Are all of your holiday gifts knit? Will you be casting on something special for you soon? Be sure to leave a way to reach you if you win (e.g., ravelry ID or email).

Oh, and our relatively new family tradition the past few years...tomorrow night we are seeing the Nutcracker. I can't wait.

Happy Holidays!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


troy and christina said...

Lovely design! I'm traveling to the in-laws and will enjoy good food, pleasant conversation and shopping for quilt fabrics!


Janice Vavra said...

Wrapping gifts, spending time with family and friends, cooking, knitting and hanging out with hubby - all my favorite things!

Marcy Doane said...

Maddy looks like a Brittany--sweetest dogs ever. I miss my Brittany's. Have a good holiday.

Lisa said...

I love this pattern and just bought it yesterday in hopes of casting on this week. My mom arrived yesterday for Christmas and my sister arrives on Wednesday. A little more baking and maybe a quick errand or two and I'm set!

Renee Anne said...

Well, that pattern just fell into my queue and into my Buy It Now basket. Oops.

This week...well, Husband took Little Man to work today so I've wrapped presents and done some laundry this morning. I've got more laundry to go and a trip to the grocery store. I also plan to clean in the bathrooms. Nothing fun and exciting, though.

Jackie said...

I'm working until Wednesday at 3. Hosting Christmas on Thursday for the family and then it's an open calendar until the 5th! So looking forward to that!

Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) said...

The design is beautiful. :) I will be seeing the light show with my hubby, kids, and dad, bringing along hot chocolate and Christmas goodies, and then the big Christmas dinner at my house. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I'll be spending the next week travelling and visiting with family. I'm especially looking forward to spending time with my nephew who is just 7 months old. Knit gifts for everyone but none are wrapped... I still have a few days to squeeze that in!

Ravelry ID - lesleybadger

Karalee said...

Those mitts have such lovely texture, with the cables and the seed stitch!

My big holiday plans have to do with music, since I sing in my church choir. Yesterday afternoon was our Lessons and Carols service, and we'll be singing for the late Christmas Eve service on Wednesday night. The church is full of greenery and lit up with candles, and we sing carols for half an hour before the regular service even begins.

Wishing you a very happy holiday with your family!

Jane said...

My children and families will be here on Christmas Day! The presents are wrapped and hidden away. Stocking stuffers too. I am baking cinnamon rolls tomorrow. Otherwise, all ready. Thanks for a chance to win the pretty yarn.

Prairiepoet (Rav)

Kelly-ann said...

I am furiously knitting on my mom's shawl! I am also adding in fun activities with the kids like movies and cookie baking.

Chris said...

I will be wrapping, cooking , walking our dog and seeing friends and family. Still lots to do but what gets done gets done! Have a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

All my holiday knitting is done, the wrapping is nearly complete. Christmas at home with my hubby and two girls, relaxing and playing and if it doesn't rain a walk round Frensham Little Pond. Hope you have a great Christmas.

Rav Id BooSulley

lbhill said...

We're already on the road for a family visiting extravaganza. Our car looks like Santa's sleigh!

Roopali said...

Lovely pattern! I travel to spend Christmas with my parents and while there, I plan to eat, sleep and knit and hang out with them for 5 days! Can't wait!
ibknitting on ravelry.

chikawolf said...

Oh, the dogs look so cozy and happy! I still have one mitten to finish for my husband and other gifts to wrap. But the tree is lit, the baking is done and the sun is shining outside. So all's good in the world.
Ravid: chikawolf

dianne said...

I'm almost ready for Christmas! I just need to finish a slipper for my son's girlfriend and the gift knitting is done :-) We're hosting dinner Christmas Day and then having our annual Yankee Swap with my siblings on Sunday. I'm hoping to get lots of rest and start a new sweater for myself during vacation. Treatment 2 weeks ago kicked my butt and I'm still trying to fully recover before I go again on Monday :-(

Merry Christmas my friend, May it be joyous and pain free!

Rachelle said...

The presents are wrapped, there will be family time, knitting and I'm teaching my 12 year old son to weave!
sewsable on Rav

Jennifer Tripp Mead said...

Family, cooking, puzzles, movies, knitting, and hanging out. Am very lucky!

jentm on Rav

Debbie McPhillips said...
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Debbie McPhillips said...

I baked 5 different kinda of cookies on Tuesday. Wednesday lunch with family, church, then dinner with friends for the 16th year in a row! Rest of week: eat, visit, play card games, knit, rinse and repeat!! So blessed to have all four kids home. Debbie4 on Rav

Carol said...

My mother and I attended a concert of Handel's Messiah last Sunday and my husband and I (plus our 2 lovely daughters) hosted my side of the family on Christmas day. Happy new year!
Rav ID: dogstar911