December 18, 2006

Ah! Seven days till Christmas!

I've been wanting to update with an entry since last week but I've been getting home too late every day; no time to go online. Among other things, this is what I've been doing:

Working on a tailored suit and drawing lace motifs. (Two separate projects.)

Shopping and getting ready for family members who are coming to spend the holidays with us.

And this is what I've NOT been doing:

Working on the poor, neglected shexy top. But I want to wear that for Christmas Eve or Christmas day, so I will work on that as soon as I have some quality free time. Turning in the tailored suit will free up my schedule, so let's all give a big Mexican wave for when that day comes. Ready, set, wave! And speaking of the tailored suit, I'm gonna show another in progress shot of the jacket (there are trousers, too) even though it needs pressing, finished top pocket, lining, hem, shoulder pads, buttonhole and button, more get the idea.

Ah! I feel like you've caught me in bathrobe and avocado mask.
Please pardon my sloppy unfinished state.

But believe it or not, I do have a wee bit of knitting to show. Remember my Cabled Jacket? I needed something small to carry around and work on here and there, so I decided to start the second sleeve for my Cabled Jacket.

I still think donut twists when I see those cables.
Donuts...yum. (I gotta stop updating before I've had lunch.)

I'm so glad that I'm able to get at least some knitting done. Really, I do need to knit a few rows every now and then on SOMETHING otherwise I get twitchy and I twiddle my fingers around in mock imitation of knitting, even in public.

Okay, I'm kidding about the twiddling fingers part.

What else? Oh, yes. I promised to show some holiday lights and a few things I saw during the Fête des Lumiéres. We love Lyon holiday lights. So fabulous. Check 'em:

Slideshow, slideshow!

Of course, that's not the only shot I took. There are more, and I put them in a slideshow. Come knew I would :-)

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37 comments to this entry:

Beautiful, beautiful pictures of Lyon! The Fête des Lumières has really developed over the years - it used to be only the people in Lyon putting candles on the window sill. ===================================== Note by Becky: Thanks! I've been here since 1999 and I've always seen lights like this, all different every year.
I hope you find that knitting time before Christmas. I plan to sit home during the break and knit to my hearts content!
Much more beautiful than our neighborhood, which just looks like Santa threw up all over the place. ;-) We're glad your family and school could share you with us for a few minutes.
Cables. What pretty little cables. Best of luck with the fam and the holidays.
A week! Yikes. I am sooo not ready and this work crap is really getting in the way.
Drawing lace motifs?? This got me curious, since I'm a bobbin lace maker. Please explain... :) ===================================== Note by Becky: The second and third year students at my school were invited by a [not to be named] haute couture lace company (who provides lace for designers such as Gaultier, Dior, etc.) to participate in a lace design competition. Each of us had to come up with two original hand-drawn lace design proposals. We worked in a format required for machine-woven lace (not bobbin lace) for use in haute couture clothes. (I didn't elaborate more because I am unable to publish my lace design proposals here.)
Gorgeous pictures! I've been to Lyon once about 10 years ago before I discovered knitting. I must visit again! Hope you have some quality knitting time soon.
Happy Holidays Becky!
Thank you for the slideshow! Went to see the Tree at Rockefeller Center yesterday and all we saw were People staring at the tree. WoW, was it crowded. With only 7 days left I guess it would be.
Beautiful light display! I wish I could see it in person. And what a jacket! Wow. You have been really busy. I hope you have a happy and relaxing time over the holidays. Merry Christmas and show us some knitting soon.
Beautiful slideshow of the lights - much better than the one santa and one snowman in my village!
Gorgeous! (That's about everything.) I know somebody who is going to be in Lyon for a semester for study abroad. Too bad I can't go along. Haha...
What pretty pictures of the Fete!! "Really, I do need to knit a few rows every now and then on SOMETHING otherwise I get twitchy and I twiddle my fingers around in mock imitation of knitting, even in public. Okay, I'm kidding about the twiddling fingers part." Not kidding about the twitching, eh? ;-) I'm sure shexy top will be good and ready for Christmas. You mentioning wearing it on or before Christmas makes me imagine some crazy ribbon ideas.. like sequined Frosty-the-snowman ones.. hehe
i love the in-progress photos of your sewing... it's great fun to see the jacket take shape. and beautiful slide show! looks really festive. those globe lights in particular are so pretty! ====================================== Note by Becky: Those globe lights were really neat. They'd change from blue to white to red...most likely a take on "bleu, blanc, rouge", the colors of the flag. At times, images or words would be reflected in them.
Ok, ok, now I want to come to visit in December, too. The lights are beautiful! PS: I love the jacket!
What gorgeous lights!
SUCH pretty pictures....
I really do love your slideshows.
so perty! looks like joyeux noel in lyon!
Thanks for showing the holiday lights of Lyon! It looks so gorgeous! I can just imagine the magical feeling of the streets all lit up. School's got you busy, eh? The tailored suit jacket is looking good - I like the length.
I love the Skinny Rabbit slideshows, too :). Love the jacket!
You're making great progress on the tailored suit! You will get it done. Then on to the shexy top, can't wait to see the finished result. I know what you mean about going without knitting too long, I start to fidget terribly.
Loved the photos; nice you took time to post during this busy period. Also liked your "disclaimer" link!
I have totally missed this post Becky! The tailored jacket is taking form nicely, it's so fun to see the in progress pictures. And the slideshow is great. I hope you have found that quality knitting time and that we will soon see a finished top.
I love those cables - they do remind one of donut twists - how funny! I've never been daring enough to try a garment of them... just one per row in practice pieces
The tailored jacket is looking superb Becky...says Maggie with a BIG Mexican wave. The cabled jacket is going to look awesome on you. I loved the slideshow of the Lyon holiday lights. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you are getting ready for some bubbly this evening.
I hope that you will have a great year. I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks for the slideshow!
I envy you - such a gorgeous place, knitting like a fiend and your design projects. How did you ever decide to give up corporate law for that?! :) (I'm only being somewhat sarcastic with the last bit, being an attorney myself, I've often thought of doing something other than practicing law.)
Gorgeous pictures - I want to go to France now too!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's - looking forward to more fabulous crafting from you in 2007!!
Come back! I miss your posts!! Hope everythig is OK in your world and you are just busy.
I'll be back soon...I have family staying with me until mid January and I'm happily spending all my free time with them. No time to go online, and I haven't knit very much at all. But I'll be back with an update as soon as I am able. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. Happy New Year!
Glad to see you are enjoying family time! Happy New Year, Becky.
Glad you're having a good time. Happy New Year and best for 2007.
Glad I looked at the comments and know that all is well with you and you're enjoying family. Got worried that the world sucked you into a vortex during the holidays. Happy new year and hope that you have a wondrous 2007.
I've just spent a very enjoyable hour catching up on your website and your many amazing and beautiful projects and I hope you had a great holiday and your 2007 is happy and well :) p.s. I thought your Cat-In-The-Hat sweater was the.most.adorable.thing. EVER!
Thanks for the update... I was worried you were swallowed up by fabric and sewing projects!
Hullo.....fluffa are you still that a hand I see under that pile of fabric and yarn...fluffa...are you under there? quick someone bring the crash cart for fiber addicts...we're losing fluffa!!! eeeeek!

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