Daily Archives: December 19, 2006

Favorite Songs

Does everyone have a favorite song to knit by? Or a favorite Christmas song? My favorite Christmas song is Snoopy’s Christmas (Snoopy vs The Red Baron) by the Royal Guardsmen. But the version in my iTunes play list is by the Clumsy Lovers. I also have Snoopy vs the Red Baron (60’s Mojo Mix) in my play ist. This is definitely not a Christmas version but it is still pretty good.As it stands right now, my Christmas play list in my iTunes is at 91 songs. The other songs on the list that I have rated at 5 stars are “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake and “Gabriel’s Message” by Sting. And the Chipmunk song is always good to listen too. (And just so you don’t think I only listen to a few songs, there are currently 91 Christmas songs in my Christmas play list!)

The one thing that I love about “I Believe in Father Christmas” is that it written by Greg Lake in opposition to the commercialization of Christmas. Check this link out for more details.

I love Sting’s voice and he is one of my favorite singers. I just his voice in this song.

I also happen to love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by U2. Bono. Need I say more than just his name – Bono! Sexy and intelligent; what more could you want in a man? And yes, I have been listening to the band and have been a fan since “war” came out in 1982. A very long time.

I did a fire prevention/station tour Monday night and one of the kids reminded me of Alvin in that he never paid attention. And I do remember this particular little boy from both last year and this year teaching in the elementary schools. If he couldn’t be talking he was off wandering around. I made a bet with him that he could sit still and not raise his hand for 5 minutes. His mother was all for it. He didn’t even last 15 seconds before he had his hand up in the air. Sometimes working with kids can be entertaining.

And what brought on this line of though is that “Desert Rose” by Sting with Cheb Mami happened to pop on on my iTunes shuffle. I love that song. Actually I love the part at the beginning where Cheb Mami is singing the best. I will listen to almost any type of music and until this song I had never heard of rai music. I had listened to Arabic music before though. Because of the song “Dessert Rose,” I have become hooked on Cheb Mami’s music. Yes, I have very eclectic tastes in music. (My reading lists are just as varied.)

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Christmas Knitting

My Christmas knitting is almost done!!! I have one fingerless glove to finish up. My hats are done, washed, and blocking as I write this. The funny thing about my Christmas knitting is that none of it is for my immediate family. I only knit for people who will appreciate the care and time that goes into the making of the item. And I am not saying that my family doesn’t appreciate it but my niece and nephew are at the ages where it is not “cool” to wear stuff like that. They want it and will wear it so long as their friends can’t see them wearing it. The pre-teen years are so hard at times.

pc190011.JPGLast year, I knit my fire chief a hat because his than 3 year old daughter told me that “daddy needed a crown.” She was very specific in her requirements for daddy’s crown. I translated the crown into a hat. I gave the hat to his mother and she wrapped it up and gave it to him on Christmas Eve. He actually wore the hat on a fire call Christmas evening. And he has been wearing that hat since. It fits underneath his helmet and that is why he likes it. So this year, I knit him a new hat in a dark blue Rowan Felted Tweed. This color is one that he can wear under his helmet at work. (He is a career fire fighter as well as a volunteer chief.)

I also knit his now 4 year old daughter a new hat in her favorite color – pink! I used a dark pink and white Dale for her hat. I don’t have the labels handy so I can’t remember which yarn but it is machine washable. I also knit her baby sister a hat in pale pink Plymouth Dream Baby. I knit baby sister’s hat sized to fit an 18-month old simply because it is better to knit big for babies.

My chief’s mother works at my local post office and I will be handing off the hats to her tomorrow. She will take care of wrapping them and sneaking them under his Christmas tree. My chief’s wife is in on the new hat for him and she appreciates that I will knit for her girls.

And I finished up the hat I was knitting yesterday. I still have about 50 yards of the yarn left and I am debating whether or not to try and get a third hat out of the leftovers. But that will have to wait until after the holidays. And what will become of the 2 hats that I finished out of the same ball? Well, I am waiting to see if a certain person reads this and gives me a clue as to which one she likes better. They will both fit her head. So you know who you are, so please give me a clue.pc190008.JPG

More later, I need to try and finish off the glove.

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