Oh this weekend was filled to the brim with family and food.  We packed up the car and headed to my dad's for our Thanksgiving feast on Thursday which is the best day to drive-no traffic!  We sat and talked and ate.  Afterwards we exchanged our Christmas gifts.  My dad loved his new pair of wool socks (and he was wearing the pair from last Christmas--I think I know what I will be making again).  My step mom loved her citron shawl, you know the brown one that was silk and wool.  How exciting that she knew what outfit to pair with it! I gave my sister the orange wurm hat and the orange cowl.  She never knits for herself always for others so I had to remedy that.  Everyone needs hand knits.

On Friday, my sister and I did a yarn crawl and had fun with being together.  That's the best part, I just don't know what I'd do without my sister.  Oh and driving all over the greater Pittsburgh area-I sure did see some brilliant scenery. She had a little gingerbread house making party that evening and saw more relatives and friends and ate more food.

Yesterday we headed home through snow and slick roads for the first two hours.  I started laundry, unpacking from the trip AND decorating the house after unlocking the door and cranking up the heat. We just finished the tree this afternoon.  I will be heating up 1/2 a turkey that my dad gave us and creating another mini Thanksgiving feast before my son leaves to go back to campus after dinner.  Our daughter returns to her apartment tomorrow.  In less than a month, they will be home for break.

It was so nice to have a break from the internet but did I ever miss all of your blogs!  How was your weekend?

Joining Amanda


  1. What gorgeous pictures!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend! It sounds so fun! I haven't made a gingerbread house in years! I plan on doing it with Ree NEXT year. Still a little young this year I feel!

  2. It sounds like a beautiful family weekend!
    And such lovely autumn colours in the last picture - we've had so much wind, all the leaves are gone from our trees.
    In Germany you don't put the tree up until the day before Christmas Eve, or thereabouts, so that's how we've always done it. Still a while to go. I'll be getting the decorations out next weekend though, ready for the first Advent Sunday. I can't believe we're there already!

  3. Your weekend sounds wonderful and isn't it warming when presents are so appreciated? I am having a weekend with family this coming week, so am excited about that. Missed you here and elsewhere xx

  4. It's good to know your handknits are appreciated isn't it x it sounds like you had a really great time x

  5. It is nice to take a break from the computer isn't it? It's always nice to have your giftees appreciate hand knits.

  6. I am intrigued by a yarn crawl, do you just go around hitting all the yarn stores? That sounds like a great way to spend some time and having your sister at your side must have really made the day great.
    You were in snow already? I am so envious, tomorrow we will be 68 degrees, that temperature makes it hard to get into the holiday mood.

  7. Sounds like a lovely weekend full of love and family.

  8. What a great idea, exchanging Christmas gifts at Thanksgiving. I might have to try to convince my parents/siblings to try that some year. (Of course, that means I will have to start making sooner, too, doesn't it?)
    I'm glad you had such a lovely time. xo

  9. it sounds like you definitely have a knit-worthy family!!! What a wonderful time.....but------you didn't tell us what you got on the yarn crawl?? Can't wait to see!!!

  10. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday weekend with much to be thankful for.
    Sounds like there's going to be even more knitting on with that crawl.
    Have a great week.

  11. We were on the road for the holiday, too; and while the visiting is fun, I'm always happy to get back home! You were much more resourceful after getting home than I was, Karen! LOL! I still need to pack up Thanksgiving things before I can drag out the Christmas things. I LOVE that you have a sister who enjoys the yarn hunt with you! I think that would be the most fun. blessings ~ tanna

  12. So glad you had a safe happy Thanksgiving. WOW I can't even think about Christmas decorating yet, good for you getting on the stick and getting it done.

  13. Glad you had such a wonderful family-full weekend!!

  14. I love giving my hand knits to people who appreciate them. It feels so good. Glad you had a good weekend. I loved the 4 day weekend but can't believe it's over already! Did you find anything good on your yarn crawl?

  15. i love when handknits are appreciated and eagerly worn! sorta makes me want to knit a pair of socks for your dad too ;-)

  16. Handknits are perfect presents. I don't knit but am making a couple of quilts for my family. Glad you had such a lovely time with the family, sounds like the best of times.

    Know you will be excited to have the kids home. It's coming quicker than I ever thought!

    OH and happy belated birthday, I just saw on here that it was. Hope it was a lovely day.


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