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Nov 24, 2010

Over the edge...

I need an intervention...

 What do you think?

Yep, that's exactly what it looks like - a wine cozy...help!

Below, more fun with stash wool...

I really needed a break from socks!

Finn is modeling hubby's new hat, this is the first hat I've ever done in the round!  But still afraid of circulars, I did it on double pointed needles which I'm comfortable with.

Today I attempted to make Mama Pea's Almond Cranberry Cake!  This will be going to Thanksgiving Dinner at a friend's house tomorrow.  Mine doesn't look nearly as beautiful as Mama Pea's, go check hers out and you will want to make it too!  Not sure what happened other than I'm a great cook but a horrible baker... I felt like I needed a degree in rocket science to get it out of the pan!  I will try it again, though, since I'm sure it will taste good (I snuck a chunk out of the bottom LOL) - I just need to work on aesthetics!

On to the BEST thing that has happened since we had the kids....

Hubby was promoted!

He has aced the test for this promotion twice a year, for the last several years, BUT... out of all the sailors eligible for promotion, only 1.9% were being advanced each year.  This is no doubt due to the economy, many servicemembers are no longer getting "out" as usual, preferring to all stay in for the full 20 years!  The pipeline thus has been clogged up with personnel that are normally lost through attrition.  I found out late Sunday night that the results had been released, and a very tense 4 hours or so went by until I found out if he made it...he did!  This had been the source of much stress because a couple of more years and he would have had to get out due to high year tenure.  Now that he made it, he will no longer be in danger of this, and will now receive a retirement paycheck after he finishes serving 20 years... I can't tell you how much weight has been lifted off our shoulders with this one!

I am so happy for him, he works so hard and really deserves this!

This is truly a Thanksgiving we will remember even though we are all apart...and  Homecoming + Christmas with family  + this advancement?  The will be the best Christmas EVER for our little family!

One more little Thanksgiving post set to go for tomorrow, but if you don't log on, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!


  1. I love all the knitting that you are doing. The cozy is so cute, and so is the hat! The hat is adorable on Finn. Maybe the kids need some knit hats too. Congrats to your hubby on the promotion. Well deserved! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Beautiful knitting!

    Your MPea cake will be wonderfully enjoyed (and as a horrid cook - but avid baker - I can tell you getting such yummies out of the pan(s) perfectly is often a challenge). It's the effort and taste that counts most!

    Congrats on DH's promotion news :-)

    And happy happy Thanksgiving....

  3. Fantastic news and certainly well deserved.

    Have a happy holiday, Erin.

  4. Congrats to your hubby. We're all just chugging on for that 20 aren't we? Life just revolves around that number! Nice wine cozy. :)

  5. Congrats to hubby!!! Well deserved and truly something to be thankful about.
    Love the wine cozy....but, yes, you may need an intervention.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends.

  6. Oh your knitting projects look fantastic! Love the wine cozy. Congrats to your hubby! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. One more thing to be thankful for!! Congrats to you both-what wonderful news!
    Have a wonderful day
    And I LOVE the hat-you're doing great!

  8. What a holiday gift, your husband promotion!

  9. The wine cozy cracks me up... The hat and the bracelet are really nice and the cake looks good to me. Bet it tastes really good, too.
    Congratulations on your hubby's promotion!! Those were always happy days at our house. How many years does your hubby have to go before he reaches his 20?

  10. Thanks, everyone. The cake ended up being a hit! Anke, he has 9 more years!

  11. Erin the cozy is adorable! DPN or rounds, hey...looks to me like you are doing great either way! Awesome!

    What great news for your family with the promotion! Wahoo!!!

    I don't think you need an intervention, I admire your stick-to-it-tiveness! But how's that sewing machine? Feeling neglected?

  12. Trying to get caught up on my favorite posts tonight. I am still here.

    Your knitting is fantastic! I have no doubt you can knit anything you put your mind to. Cute-as-heck little model for his dad's hat. Good color yarn.

    Your cake looks great. Nuthin' wrong with that. Glad to hear the flavor was a hit, too. You can't fool me . . . you ARE a baker.

    Ohmigosh! What great news about hubby's promotion. Whew. Isn't it great to be rewarded for hard work?

    There are lots of pre-Christmas craft sales going on in our area this weekend and I'll be your knitted wrist bangle would sell like hot cakes. As a person who likes big bracelets, I think that cooool!

  13. wOW! CONGRATS to hubby on his promo! How wonderful! and CONGRATS to you on your out-of-the-box knitting efforts! nice!