Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday gifts

How are you doing with your gift shopping? I'm doing most of mine online this year to avoid the crowds. I only have a few more gifts left to buy on my list, but I'll probably end up doing lots of last minute impulse shopping. It always happens. I start out with a list of gifts for everyone, but as the holiday gets closer I start second-guessing my purchases and feeling like whatever I have for them isn't enough, so I run out and buy a bunch more. Do you do that, too?

I started rummaging through my Christmas decorations this evening. I haven't had a tree since my cats came to live with me a few years ago because I'm afraid of what they'll do to it while I'm at work. They love to take the knick knacks off my dresser and scatter them around the house. I can just imagine what they'd do with little hanging ornaments. The angel in the picture was given to me by Dogwood many years ago.

My neighbors are moving to Spain and need to sell all of their furniture, so I bought this couch for a bargain price. My old couch is a tired futon that the cats use as a scratching post. Now I have both couches in the living room and I like how it looks and feels-- nice and cozy. The room was kind of empty before the second couch came to live with us.

I finished knitting one of my fingerless gloves and will post the pattern in a few days. The first time I knit these, several years ago, I tried to do them in a two-by-two rib, but I cast on the wrong number of stitches and ended up with this funky looking ribby stitch. As it turned out, I like how it looks and have been knitting them like that ever since.


Linda said...

Hi Stacy,
I have also being buying gifts online, it is so nice to be able to do this. Your new couch looks great and your fingerless glove is beautiful! I am so looking forward to the pattern :)

Rachel said...

I haven't done much shopping yet. I'm having trouble making decisions this year... and finding time to go out and look. Soon... soon...

Rex used to climb our Christmas tree when he was a young cat. He would scale the trunk and all the branches would fall off (artificial tree) along with the ornaments. We had to lock him in the laundry room when we weren't home those first couple of years. He's old now and couldn't be bothered, and the dogs don't have access to the living room when we're out.
Love the fingerless gloves. They're so chic. But as I said before, here in the frozen north, we need the fingers haha.

The Tattered Cottage said...

GO Team Edward!! LOL. Love that movie! The only shopping I have done this year is for the family we are doing Secret Santa for. Usually I'm almost done by now. With the shop opening, I have been behind a little :) Love your new sofa and the fingerless gloves you made. What part of Northern California do you live in? I lived in Roseville, just north of Sacramento before I moved up here to Idaho last year.

Theresa said...

I have done some shopping on-line and some at the Mall. Not finished, but will be soon:) Love the angel and your new sofa looks great! Happy Thursday my Friend!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I play that second guessing game all the time and it drives me nuts! I'm much slower with my shopping this year, so maybe I won't buy so much.

Love the couch AND the cute new wrist warmers!

Maiden Jane said...

I do the same thing. I always second guess, but I'm trying not to - I have to have confidence in my decisions!

Love the wristwarmers - and the couch!

Suz said...

Wow I love that couch! and the kitty!
I have cut my gift buying to just the kids....and online
But somehow...because I'm not pressured into BUYING I enjoy perusing the stores and just taking in the hustle and bustle...then home no waiting in lines just gliding to my car with a smile on my face...good for you

Dogwood said...

You are so great at find and coming upon the greatest deals. I love the sofa. It sure warms up your living room. Is that the table you purchased in San Francisco?

I love the wrapping on the gift.

You are the greatest most creative and brave knitter!

Have fun finishing up your on-line shopping.

Woollywotnots said...

sounds like you're all organised for Christmas. I do most of my shopping online too. Love the couch! What a great treat in time for Christmas cosiness! : )