Friday, December 29, 2006


"Oh. Hi. Uh, well, I'm Finnegan, and I'm the Little Dudes' cousin. I live with my Moms in lovely St. Catharines, Ontario. See, every once in awhile, and not nearly as often as I'd like, my Auntie Brigitte comes over to stay with us. This time, it was for Christmas! And I got pressies! Lots of pressies! Not only from my Grammy and Grumpy, but from my Moms and Auntie Brigitte too! It is SO COOL having a cute face, you just get loaded with stuff. *sigh* I hear my cousins are in bit miffed 'cause their Mom came home smelling, well, of me. Now personally? Nothing wrong with that. But I guess they're all "ew, you smell like dog, ew, you have long white hairs on you, ew, you...hey, are those pressies for us?". See, they secretly do like me, even if I'm not a cat. My Moms are silly. See? They make me dress up in funny costumes just so THEY can laugh."

"Oh, har-de-har-har Mommy Susie, har-de-har-har. Laugh at Finnegan's expense. Heh, they don't know I've been corresponding with my cousins, and they've taught me a few tricks, uh-huh. Like how to leave gifties. Or barf on the rug. Who'll be laughing then?! Well, anyway. I had such a great time with my Auntie Brigitte! And she got A LOT of loot too! She got a new DVD player, and a flannel blanket set (which I hear is quite cosy), a Scrubbing Bubbles automatic shower cleaner (she's weird with the cleaning things, so I hear), a Kitten calendar, a knitting book called "Aran Knitting Design" she went all goofy about, and a ton more stuff too! And stocking stuff! Mommy Renee baked all kinds of gluten-free goodies for Auntie Brigitte. I tried, but I wasn't allowed to sample any of them... Oh well.

Phew! This blogging stuff is HARD work! I'm just gonna lie here. Look cute.

Life's so hard.

Thanks for tuning in! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, full of family and fun! And, if you had a fraction of the fun Auntie Brigitte has when she comes over, than you had a great time. *sigh* Being a good host is tough work..."


Who knew dogs and cats led such a secret life?!

Well, the Christmas knitting went over very well! I'll have to post some pictures when I get them. I had a great time in St. Catharines! Even though it rained and the weather was pretty gloomy most of the time, it was still a fabulous time. We hung out, I knitted and we watched some pretty good movies too - "The Devil Wears Prada" (annoying!), "Best In Show" (hilarious!) and a pretty sobering "An Inconvenient Truth", a movie by Al Gore about global warming. It was a great time.

I'm pretty sure most of you have heard all about Wendy's idea for 2007 - Knit From Your Stash 2007. Well, I've decided to take that one on as well, and I'm going to do exactly that - knit exclusively from my stash. Only, I'm going to set an initial goal of 9 months - no yarn purchases until my birthday in September. Here are my rules:

1. Sock yarn doesn't count,

2. Allowed is the Dale of Norway kit purchase at some point,

3. And one other purchase.

That's it. Sad thing is - I'll still not have made too big of a dent in my yarn stash... I have enough for Fair Isle alone to last me well past September 2007!

Now that the Christmas knitting is behind me, I'm going to work on finishing up some of my WIP's. First in line is Dalarna, as I have only one sleeve left. Then, I'll pick and choose from there. Still SO much to choose from...

I'm not a "New Year's resolution" type of girl, but there are a few things I'd like to concentrate on. First, reign in the diabetes, and get "healthy" - the Dale of Norway KAL will have to wait, as I need to shell out a considerable amount of money for the Dietitian (not covered by my supplemental insurance...). I'm also going to reign in my finances, and get better organized. Not purchasing yarn for most of the year should help that along quite well! On the knitting front - finish what I start. And try try try to have no more than 2 WIP's going at once. It just takes a little discipline on my part...

And that's it! This certainly has been an interesting year for me. I'm hoping 2007 will be just as full of new experiences and wonders, with some surprises sprinkled in along the way.

I'm sending all the best wishes to all my friends for a wonderful, happy 2007 full of FO's!


barbp said...

Look how much fun you had!! What a little cutie too. Wishing you the healthy and happiest of New Years!! I'm off to Indiana of all places.

Lorraine said...

Bridge- Finnegan would never be so crass as to shed hairs- you must be mistaken!
If I promise not to buy yarn, it will make me want it all the more. So I better not promise.
Have a great New Year.

Chris said...

Whew! For a minute I thought that Finnegan was yours and I was thinking how upset the Little Dudes must be! Sounds like you had a great holiday!

Here's to a happy and healthy New Year all around.

Anonymous said...

Hi Finnigan, You are awfully cute!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Brigitte. Glad to hear you had a good Christmas. Finnegan is adorable and I bet your kitties were glad to see you home again!

Marina said...

I survived two yarn stores in Vegas, one which had ALL yarn at 50% off! Didn't have Dale or Shetland!

Hope you have a great and healthy 2007!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great Christmas Brigitte -- yes, the weather could have co-operated -- just a little bit of snow would have made it perfect for me.

All the best to you and your "dudes" for 2007 -- hoping you have a healthy, happy and prosperous year (I'm making a list of you yarn stash knitters -- the "No Yarn for You" list - LOL!!!)

Anonymous said...

Finnegan is so darn cute!

Some good resolutions there! Getting the diabetes is No.1! But it's just wrong that you can't do the Dale KAL - you got me all revved up for it! Did you ever decide which one you were going to do? #12?

I should knit from my stash. Maybe I'll just finally inventory my stash on an Excel sheet.

Anonymous said...

I always *so* adore the pics you share of your furry ones, they're just the cutest!
Have a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year - it was wonderful "meeting" you this year, reading your amazing blog entries and your lovely e-mails - I'm looking forward to many, many more.
Have a great one, my friend!

sillyewe said...

Happy New Year, Brigitte!!! All the best to you! And for the Knit From Your Stash? The jury is out...SOMEONE has to support the yarn vendors!!!! ;0)