Thursday, December 28, 2006


What I gave
In San Jose, the weather is just too warm for Tom to wear sweaters. The winters are little more wintery in Portland, so I decided to make a cotton cardigan. If it dips below 40°F, he just might be able to wear it.

On a visit with my mom in Arizona in May, she found a top in a Knitters magazine that she liked, so I made it.

I haven't been sewing as much as I like and my stash of dog-shirt fabric is extensive. It's a collection, really. Anyway, I must sew more in the new year, so I gave Tom the promise of at least one shirt a month.

Dianne Rodway and John Becker have been such good friends to us since we moved here, I really wanted to make each something. Dianne and her sister, Suzie, recognized the patterns from Interweave Knits magazines—Swallowtail Shawl and Bias-knit Tie.

What I received
Tom gave me practical gifts, including an iPod Tower so I can listen to music in my office without the headphones and a little heater to keep my feet warm when I'm blogging in the wee hours of the morning. We both received spa robes from Tom's sister, Heidi and her family. I've never had any garment that weighed as much as one robe—"each square yard of fabric weighing a full 22 ounces."

My friend, Evelyn, sent me two 100 gr balls of a pink mohair yarn. The stash continues to grow...