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Tuesday, December 05, 2006
A Word about Etsy

As some of you have surely noticed, I've let my pledge to . .etsy! slip. I feel sheepish about this. But, in my defense, I must tell you about the number of frustrations I have encountered while attempting to honor my pledge.

Etsy is one of those maddening sites that forces you to create a username when you sign up, instead of just having you login using your damn email address. Why do they do that!? As is always the case when they do that, the first six usernames chosen have been claimed by other people, so in the end you pick a username that is forgetten 15 minutes after your transaction is complete.

I created my username and forgot it 15 minutes later.

My archived email noting said username is lost forever and the desperate plea I sent to support@ etsy got no response.

My spare time is very spare, so resolution is slow.

I do enjoy browsing on Etsy, and many times I have found things I want to buy as part of my pledge, including a set of adorable buttons for the baby surprise jacket I'm making for a very special little friend in Seattle. Alas, the pledge remains on hold. I will keep the button on my page and I will find a way to support the dedicated craftspeople of Etsy someday.

The pretty hair scarf blocks as I write this, and it makes it's way into Scout's travel bag this evening.

What fun that was to make! And quickety quick too. The pattern is the Dream Swatch Head Wrap from Wendy Bernard at Knit and Tonic.

It will make a fine gift for someone extra-lovely and someday I will knit myself one in a Fiesta Yarns La Luz silk.

The house is really beginning to pile up around me. Ornament boxes overflowing with tissue paper and bubble wrap litter the living room floor, the unfolded laundry is out of control, we all have coughs and runny noses, and our old cat has begun to pee on the fireplace hearth.

The holiday spirit is not proving sufficient to make me cheerful in the midst of all this.

The good news is that we had a fine time picking a tree this past weekend and I even knit myself a big pink hat from Handknit Holidays for the occasion. I used quadrupled Manos for the hat and Lamb's Pride Bulky for the pompom and tassles. See it here modeled by St. Francis.

Our tree is enormous and very pretty and we lose about 3 ornaments each hour to the irrepressible urges of the toddler. With tremendous effort, and only very occasionally, he can manage to touch each ornament with just one finger (as we all constantly remind him to do) and then he applauds himself loudly. As I write this I see the tree shaking in the distance and I hear squeals of delight.

The advent calendar has been overshadowed by the more pressing need for a handmade stocking for the little one. The stocking must be as special as the one I labored over for his brother so many years ago when I had nothing but free time and an abundance of awe for my new baby. As is always the case with the second kiddo, I'm motivated by a combination of love and guilt.

Good wishes to everyone!

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Beautiful scarf, lovely hat, adorable stocking. What a pleasure to see your pretty things, Ms. M!
Oh I can't wait to see it in person! I hope you got my e-mail about not being about to go tonight!
I can't wait to see Leo's stocking..I am sure it will be another work of art!
The headscarf is sooooo pretty. I want to make one!

I can relate to the overwhlemed hliday feeling. I am looking through my cookie recipe's lately wondering when I will have the energy to make the three trips to the store it always seems to take to get all the ingredients.

Your hat is adorable.
oops - i meant HOLIDAY!
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