Merry Christmas!

Posting might be a bit sparse this week, as the 3 of us are in Tacoma visit family (yay!) but hope you all have a fabulous week!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. May you be blessed this holiday season!

Love Ali, Paul and Sam. 

Red Stocking

I made a red stocking for Owen Aberle.

It’s a bright and cheery Christmas red color.

and a braided cable! I love braided cables!

this was my first stocking, but now that I’ve made one I know that it’s not all that hard, and I’ll certainly be making some more this coming year!

I want to make them for all 3 of us, (and for future children) but I am torn between wanting to make all matching ones with names on top, or having everyone had a different color but all the same style, or all different styles and all the same color. Any input?

Christmas Decor

We’ve got all the Christmas decorations up now!

We’ve got the perfect little 3 foot tree! It’s quite adorable!

“The stockings were hung from the ship’s wheel with care…” Pretty sure that’s not how the words go, but hey, we don’t have a mantel!

But here are our real stockings-

Sam really likes Christmas lights. We can set him in his bouncy chair in front of the tree for several minutes before he gets bored!

Well, he thinks it’s fun and then all the sudden I get this face staring up at me:

Then we find a new activity. Like sleeping!

Have you guys all decorated for Christmas? I just love how good the house smells with this tree up! Yum!

Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Melissa for winning the Headband giveaway! How exciting! Thanks to all of those who entered, and if you didn’t win and just can’t live without a headband, well, come talk to me and we’ll work something out.

(Photo from PhoenixFire Designs)
P.S. I am totally going to make some knitting inspired ornaments for my tree this year!

Thankful and a Giveaway! *CLOSED*

Yep! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Here’s a giveaway to get you nice and thankful for your long Thanksgiving weekend!

So, what, you may ask, am I thankful for this year? Well, it’s only been the single greatest year of my life. I found out (the very first day of this year!) that we were expecting Sam, and then got to meet the cute lil’ bugger in early September, and have enjoyed getting to know him SO much over the past two and a half months. I’m also thankful for all of you, dear readers! So, to show you just how thankful I am, I am going to give away not one, but TWO headbands this week!

And you get to pick what color you want! And you ALSO get to pick what color accent flower you want! Pretty good giveaway, huh?

So you know the rules- you can enter by:

1. Leaving a comment, telling me what colors you want and what you are thankful for this year
2. Putting a link to it on your blog
3. Putting a link onto your Facebook
4. Tweet about it, leaving a link to this post (make sure to tag #knittybutton!)

So, you’ve got 4 chances to get entries into this Giveaway! It will be open until Thursday, December 1st  at 6:00pm! This is an international giveaway (I’ve had a few people ask on prior giveaways) and I’d be happy to ship this anywhere in the world for you!

But remember, if you put it on your blog, please leave a second (or third, or fourth!) comment letting me know you’ve done so, so you can get your second (or third, or fourth!) entry. If you don’t leave another you WON’T get your second (or third, or forth!) entry, so make sure to do that!

Sneak Peek at the Sock Monkey

Ok- so I am nearly finished with Sam’s Halloween Costume, I love it. I am so excited! You guys just get a Sneak Peek of it, cuz I am going to save the rest of it to show you guys somewhere near the end of October.

Mismatched buttons! I didn’t want to pay a bunch of money on new buttons for a Halloween costume…

Gotta keep the pants up. No plumber jokes around here.

Cuff of the pant leg!

Monkey butt! I haven’t made the tail yet, but it’s coming.

I’m halfway through the hat now, and guys, this is going to be so great. I am really excited about it. I love it!

Happy New Year!

2010, you’ve been grand…

It’s been the best year yet, I believe. Although 2009 was good (getting married, and all) 2010 was pretty fantastic. Seeing one of my best friends get married, and the other best friend getting engaged, quitting my job (woo hoo!), moving to a bigger apartment, being able to knit to my hearts content, learning to be a good wife, learning how to really cook and bake (I was kind of faking it before…) getting to know more friends in Moscow, and having the best Christmas of MY LIFE.

Yes, 2010, you were a good year. (But you know what? I don’t think I’ll miss it…) 2011 is going to be even more awesome and amazing. I’m looking forward to a new year of blogging and, just so you know, your comments and kind words really, REALLY make my day. I love hearing from you all, and it makes it so much more fun to blog when I get to write and knit for such awesome people, like you.

So, here’s to 2011. (You can clink your glasses, now!) May it bring you everything you hope, and that you and yours will be blessed beyond your wildest expectations. (I know I have!)

(P.S. I’ll be back this evening with an awesome giveaaaaaway!!) (P.S.S. You gotta say the giveaaaaaway just like Oprah would! It makes it a lot more fun)

New Years Eve, Moscow Style.

We went on an icy snow walk today, and it was so very chilly out! Tonight it’s supposed to get to negative 8 degrees! Not a good night to be out partying, I guess.

And here are some highlights from our snow-walk across a very deserted campus.

Well, we are going to make some coffee and head over to our friends Bess and Bryan’s and see if we can stay away until New Years Day!

Happy New Years, everyone! Remember to check back tomorrow for an awesome giveaway and a blog party (not really a blog party, but that does sound fun, no?) to celebrate my 3rd Blogiversary!

The Christmas Dump and all that.

We got home today. It’s always kind of a bummer, you know, the week between Christmas and New Years… everything gets so hyped up and everyone is running here and there, and then there is Christmas! And Christmas is amazing! But it has to end, and then there is the quiet week in-between. Anyhow, we’re home, had an uneventful roadtrip (which is really the best kind of roadtrip, you know?) Apparently as soon as we got to Tacoma all of the in-between roads (including big snowy mountain passes) got extremely bad, so we made it just in time, and then today was the first day they were clear, so our timing was perfect. So without further ado, the Christmas Photo Dump, with some  dialogue:

My baby brother is engaged!

My youngest brother Aaron and Cynthia got engaged on Christmas Eve. So adorable! And here they are opening presents.

And Ezra got a horse from his grandpa. He didn’t quite know what to do with it, but he sure had a fun time trying.

Also, he got a sword, which he used to try to impale people.

Joel, his girlfriend Krysta and Erika, opening presents on Christmas Eve

I guess I forgot to get pictures of everyone else that was there. I was too distracted by this:

Ha! My dad got me a lava lamp! It’s sooo awesome. Well, I haven’t heated it up all the way yet, it’s set up in my kitchen so I can look at it all the time. Also we got a hat rack for our living room! (I am hoping that this means the coats won’t end up on the couch all the time? A girl can hope, right?) and I got a darling hat from my sister that will get it’s own post sometime soon, an owl door stop, headbands, loads of earrings, a crock pot, some books, and I know there is more, I just can’t even think of everything at the moment… let’s just say I was spoiled rotten. And staying with my sister and not having to cook dinner every night (thanks, Mom!) or do any house cleaning, we got to stay up late and watch movies, chat, and color (You know, on one of those posters you get in the big red tubes?) We love those in our family, although drawing with Erika and Paul I pretty much just get put to shame.

So my break from knitting didn’t really end up being a break from knitting. I made a few projects and even had to go to JoAnn’s on an emergency run because I needed something to do with my hands, so I picked up some more yarn. I know, I am terrible. I just can’t take a break, even when I try. I think it’s an addiction, folks. Although, I think this was the first Christmas in many years that I haven’t gotten ANY knitting related things! Anyhow, I’ll update more later this week on the projects that I finished.

And don’t forget to check back on January 1st for my 3rd Blogiversary. There’s going to be a great giveaway!

Happy Day-After-Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful and happy Christmas! We had a lot of fun over here, opening presents, eating more than we should, hanging out with siblings, parents, cousins, aunts and uncles. I’m having an awesome vacation, taking a break from knitting! I’m having fun scanning Ravelry for patterns I want to make for the New Year, there are so many out there that I want to make, and not nearly enough time!

I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your sweet comments and taking the time to stop by the ol’ Knittybutton. It seems like a trivial little thing, but I really enjoy hearing from each and everyone one of you! I am so grateful for all of your kind words. I’m looking forward to a whole new year of knitting, crafting and who knows what else!

Keep your eyes peeled, because for my 3rd Blogiversary (January 1st 2011!) I’ll be doing a giveaway, and you guys won’t want to miss this. Trust me, it’s going to be good.

And don’t forget, just because it is after Christmas doesn’t mean I won’t still be doing custom orders, so if there’s a baby shower, birthday party, or just want something for yourself feel free to email me, ( or leave me a comment!